What is the trigger to move an Area 51 proposal from commitment-phase to beta-phase? Or perhaps better phrased as, How long after 100% commitment is reached does the beta begin?

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    Its just a matter of the hamsters generating 1.21 gigawatts, that sometimes takes a bit of time.
    – Tim Post
    Jul 22, 2010 at 17:15
  • Does that mean that Area51 is more "eco-green" than Google? Excellent!
    – rlb.usa
    Jul 22, 2010 at 17:32
  • @rib.usa - sadly, the hamsters are outsourced.
    – Tim Post
    Jul 22, 2010 at 17:33

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It's fairly manual at the moment.

It also depends how much commitment overlap there is between sites, in other words, how many people committed to both A and B and C? If the overlap is low between A and C then we may launch those first, and wait on B.

  • Maybe this is obvious, but I won't pretend it is to me: If the overlap is low between A and C then we may launch those first, and wait on B. Please explain that a bit more why you do this.
    – tshepang
    Dec 18, 2010 at 7:46

It's a manual process.

It depends on how many betas the team can handle, there isn't an exact formula, but approximately 3 per week now, in order of progress.


I believe it's being handled on a case-by-case basis now, as soon as they have the resources to start another beta, but I don't have an actual source for that


Jeff - I think it was Jeff - wrote a while ago that the 100% committed sites are being put in beta one at a time, so the admins can pace the system and ensure nothing breaks. Otherwise it would be a crazy free-for-all.

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    This is correct. Right now they are done one by one because Area51 is still in Beta itself.
    – rlb.usa
    Jul 22, 2010 at 17:31

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