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Be clearer on what a beta site needs to graduate [duplicate]

The beta tab of an Area 51 proposal contains the criteria for considering a beta site healthy: 15 questions per day on average 90% answered 150 users with 200+ rep 10 users with 2,000+ rep 5 users ...
Danubian Sailor's user avatar
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Why still in public beta @ Area 51? [duplicate]

Why are so many sites in Area 51 still on public beta, even if they have completed the beta phase?
gsharp's user avatar
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There's a Windows Phone.SE Why? [duplicate]

According to 2020: a year in closing In 2020 the number of questions posted on Windows Phone was 30, seven of which were asked and closed. The total number of questions closed that year was eight. The ...
Mari-Lou A Слава Україні's user avatar
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When do beta sites get a custom look? [duplicate]

I'm asking this because the graphic design site has been in public beta for 838 days and is still using the default beta-site theme which seems quite inappropriate for a site full of graphical ...
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What is the rationale behind the 15 questions/day metric? [duplicate]

One of the visible metrics on Area 51 is the questions per day. The excellent level of this metric is 15 questions per day. Currently, there are 40 graduated sites in the network excluding Stack&...
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Will health beta ever pass the beta phase? [duplicate]

The stats for health beta look pretty low. Is there a chance that things will turn around?
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Beta websites under Stack Exchange [duplicate]

I had joined the quite a lot of beta websites under Stack Exchange (Space Exploration, Internet of Things to name a few). Out of sheer curiosity, I would like to know and understand if the websites ...
skrowten_hermit's user avatar
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15 answers
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Congratulations to our 29 oldest beta sites - They're now no longer beta!

If you're a user on a long-toiling beta site that's been waiting 7-8 years to get out of beta, this may be the post you've been waiting for. The 29 Beta sites that are 7+ years old no longer have the ...
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Handling Calls to Remove a Moderator [duplicate]

This discussion informed our process for seven years, but eventually required updates and augmentation. For discussion regarding the successors to this process, please see: Feedback post: Moderator ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Feedback Requested: Design-Independent Graduation

Last month's announcement about our updated criteria for graduation and site closure sparked some solid examination into the intended nature of public beta and graduation. One thing these discussions ...
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Congratulations to the 59 sites that just left Beta

This is an exciting day for all of us who work on community here, and for the communities that have given thousands of hours of their time to build sites on the Stack Exchange network. Today, we are ...
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Should introspection be encouraged in light of the new standards for graduation?

Summary With the introduction of new, simplified graduation requirements, we're preparing to shut down the venerable Community Eval review process. Years of waning participation, combined with a ...
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Should we rename or remove the "beta" label?

So there's news on SE's policies regarding beta sites and graduation. One important take-away was that perpetual beta status is definitely a thing, which doesn't have to mean the site isn't being ...
Martin Ender's user avatar
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Design-Independent Graduation is on for early September!

This is a follow-up to an earlier discussion Feedback Requested: Design-Independent Graduation. Like the title says, design-independent graduation will go into effect and become our new regular ...
Ana's user avatar
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Let's experiment with town-hall-style chat events

When we first launched meta, something pretty amazing happened—we came together and defined what we feel is one of the most transparent and inclusive ways that a company can communicate with the ...
Ana's user avatar
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Let's break up with "Graduation" and remove a bunch of "Beta" labels

Over two years ago now, we made a big shift in how we handle "graduation" - nearly severing the connection between "graduation" and site design. We also talked about removing the &...
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Why we initiated the latest round of design changes and the role of meta

Now seems like a good time to remind ourselves of why we started making dramatic changes to the design of every site on the network. From Joe's post on meta: We're introducing a new product, Teams (...
Jon Ericson's user avatar
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Writing.SE clamours for graduation

Writing.SE has raised the issue of our desire to graduate a year ago Here it is: we're tired of being a beta site. We believe we have been a consistently successful site, we've been around for more ...
Galastel supports GoFundMonica's user avatar
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Add a "number of active users" statistic

Both, Area 51 and stackexchange.com display the total number of users as one of the statistics available for each site. Area 51 additionally displays the number of avid users defined by meeting a ...
Mad Scientist's user avatar
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Moderator elections in beta sites?

Per my previous question, it seems like the beta phase of sites is continuing much longer than previously. Currently, pro-temp moderators are nominated when a site is only a few weeks old, when the ...
PearsonArtPhoto's user avatar
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1 answer
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Let's set better expectations for how long beta lasts

Back when the idea of beta sites was young, the expectation was that beta was a fairly quick process. Even now, Area 51 sets the expectation that 90 days is a good "start thinking about graduation" ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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1 answer
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The Real Essential Questions of Every Beta

The blog post Seven Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta gets linked to prominently from every beta's meta. However, this blog post is somewhat inaccurate and misdirects new users. In almost every ...
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Fix serial downvoting reversal to not apply to users spamming site front page with bad answers

The Problem (an example) This user's answers have been downvoted consistently as they are not very high quality. The also tend to come in bursts of nearly 10 often on older questions. They are not ...
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Why is Code Golf & Programming Puzzles still in beta?

Checking Code Golf & Programming Puzzles Area51 profile page you can see that the page fulfills the requirements to graduate. Why is it still in beta?
Eduard Florinescu's user avatar
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5 answers
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What is the point of having different sites for each service in the same or similar domain?

I am talking about the cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. We have pending proposals Blockchain Technology - commitment phase with 51% commitment. for discussing about Blockchain ...
Optimus Prime's user avatar
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2 answers
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What is the typical growth pattern of a new beta site in the first few weeks?

I've been involved with matheducators.stackexchange.com and a little bit with expatriates.stackexchange.com. I've noticed that both had very high activity during private beta and then about half as ...
Brian Rushton's user avatar
70 votes
3 answers
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Could we update the "7 essential meta questions" blog post, or not link it prominently in early beta?

Seven Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta lists some key questions that each site needs to decide -- scope, tagging, etc. New sites in private beta (and early in public beta) get a link to this ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
57 votes
1 answer
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How can I get Stack Exchange to send me to a conference?

I read Supporting Community Conferences, which states, Depending on the circumstances and location, we can also sponsor community leaders to attend an event on behalf of their site. We will subsidize ...
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Is the private beta stage really necessary on Area 51?

Let's look at the reasons why we have a private beta stage and whether or not it does what it is supposed to. It is supposed to be private to prevent random visitors who don't know where they are and ...
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Can we do something about the "graduated" label?

This question arose from discussion on Should we rename or remove the "beta" label?. Sites fall into three main categories: Young betas that are still very much in beta. Consensus seems ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
28 votes
2 answers
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De-emphasising the beta designation by removing it from the banner on perpetual beta sites

I've lost count of the number of times I have had to reassure people that the site I help to moderate isn't going to just go away. The association between a site being labelled as "Beta" and an ...
Mark Booth's user avatar
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Replace graduation with an incremental process

I mentioned this in TL before, and it got a positive response. It has been discussed internally, but I'd like to see what the commuinty in general thinks about it. Pre-ramble In the past, sites used ...
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Notify user before closing a public beta site

It's awesome that we can propose new sites that have the chance to become fully mature stackexchange sites like SO! Any site has that potential, given enough enthusiast, involvement from the site's ...
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Is there a mechanism for closing graduated SE sites?

I'm familiar with the Area 51->Beta->Graduation process for creating new SE sites, but is there an established mechanism for closing SE sites either permanently or temporarily? Has it been done before?...
Bob says reinstate Monica's user avatar
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Can Beta sites slated for graduation get full-site abilities without site design upgrade?

I respect the discussion about how much work goes into making a Beta site into a full site, particularly from the design perspective. From Robert Cartaino's answer: Sending a site to the "...
Catija's user avatar
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How many beta sites can the Stack Exchange design team get graduated per year?

Related: Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of Stack Exchange sites As of now I can see only Kurtis Beavers doing the design work, with Jin as Creative Director. As ...
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Concern over the effects of 3-week private betas

In this post on Meta Hardware Recommendations (requires registration through A51 to see), Robert Cartaino tells us that the Stack Exchange team have decided to extend the private beta period to 3 ...
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How should a newly graduated site decide when to request reputation threshold changes?

SE site graduation used to involve a bunch of things happening at the same time: removal of the "beta" label, a shiny new design, privilege thresholds increasing from beta levels, inaugural ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
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Do the new graduation policies have any effect on migrations to Beta sites?

A little while back, Stack Exchange announced new policies related to graduation and site closure. In short, graduation is considered once a site consistently received 10 questions per day, sites get ...
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Allowing CSS customization of beta sites

One of the biggest challenges for a Beta SE site is attracting enough people to attain critical mass necessary for keeping the site productive. Whereas cosmetic appearance isn't nearly the most ...
yuttadhammo's user avatar
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Why is traffic on some of SE sites stagnant or in decline, and what is the destiny of such sites?

I noticed that some of the SE sites simply declined in terms of new posts in the last several years. Is there any analysis of what these sites are, and reasons why that happened? What would be the ...
Aleksandar M's user avatar
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At smaller graduated sites, delay granting association bonus until at least after 2-3 days visited

(matters of association bonus are probably not important for large sites) Immediately granting association bonus carries certain risk of destructive impact (comments and votes) from users totally ...
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Was there any full-featured site that managed to get out of beta and then got closed?

Was there any site in the Stack Exchange network that managed to become a full-featured SE site, i.e. got out of beta, and then got closed after some time, due to not having enough attention? Or, if a ...
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If a Beta site closes, are the questions and answers lost?

I am answering questions on Arduino Beta - some of those answers are quite lengthy, including images and code (as are answers by others) and it would be a pity if they were just lost one day. If the ...
Nick Gammon's user avatar
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What should be in the footer?

The footer isn't designed to list every site... We should consider randomizing the list, perhaps, to give all sites a chance... but first, the question is "does anyone even use the footer?" - Anna ...
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How can I volunteer to keep a Beta site alive?

I've literally just noticed that an SE site I love and have been contributing to diligently for years, is still in the dreaded Beta. (side note - that "Beta" designation should be way more ...
Dan Dascalescu's user avatar
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Are there any clear and objective criteria when the public beta site will graduate?

According to the answer What are the success criteria for an Area 51 beta site? when the site after 90 days in beta becomes eligible for graduation as a full site, it will be launched. However, most ...
Danubian Sailor's user avatar
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Beta sites Election reputation cap should be 4k not 20k

Currently, in an election reputation is capped at 20k: The same as the "Trusted User privilege": However, now that beta sites are holding elections, I think this needs to be changed. On a beta site,...
Tim's user avatar
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What will happen to a site if the product it is based on is no longer relevant?

What will happen to a graduated site if the product it is based on is no longer relevant and no questions are being asked? I thought about this when I saw the Windows Phone site graduate out of beta. ...
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Can Q&A be imported into new beta from the previous closed beta dump?

Is it possible or common that questions and answers from the dump of previous closed beta can be imported again into the new fresh/restarted private beta (like after the next year)? Is it something ...
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