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What is the Goal of “Hot Network Questions”?

There has been a tug-of-war in the hot-questions list. Community members like JonW seem to be unhappy with the traffic that it brings to their site: 'But we want to encourage people to post, that'...
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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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Shutting down recurring community self-evaluations

We've been talking a lot about the efficacy of community self-evaluations lately, both internally on the Community Team and out in the open on meta. Lots of ideas were tossed around, but the ...
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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 ...
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Experimenting with Pro Tempore elections

Last spring, I ran an election on Parenting for a new moderator pro tempore. It went pretty well, so this fall we are going to extend the program to sites that have been in "beta" for years. Here's ...
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Give Graduated sites waiting on a custom design something to set themselves apart from Beta sites

I'm really excited that Beta sites waiting on site design are finally getting many of the graduation privileges without having to wait for a fully custom design. For simplicity, I'll be referring to ...
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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 ...
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What is “private beta” status?

What is a "private beta"? Is it related to the Beta badge? How does one get the Beta badge?
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It is now all but impossible to tell sites apart at a glance

Let's play a little guessing game. I came across an open tab -- which site am I on? All but impossible to tell at a glance from design elements alone!¹ All my subconscious has to go on are ...
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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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Unicorn Meta Zoo #4: What makes for a healthy community?

Welcome to the Unicorn Meta Zoo, a podcast by members of the Stack Exchange community team. If you want to avoid spoilers, jump straight to the audio. Participants We are talking about the ...
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Does it makes sense to have the same graduation criteria for all beta sites?

Different SE sites cover a wide range of topics. And the thought process in generating a question is VERY different from one to another. In programming related sites, I can come up with many question ...
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Do Meta questions count in Beta site stats?

I have read a number of posts that give the target number of questions per day for a site to graduate from Beta status as ten. (Another said fifteen but apparently that is out of date.) I do realize ...
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Inconsistency in image posting between mobile & desktop, mobile is better

When adding an image to a post from the mobile site, the "inline" markdown form: [![alt](url)] is used. This is clean, self-contained, and easy to edit. The desktop site, however, adds the image in ...

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