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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 ...
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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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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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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
106 votes
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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 ...
105 votes
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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104 votes
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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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75 votes
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Add a "number of active users" statistic

Both, Area 51 and 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
70 votes
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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
58 votes
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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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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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