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For questions about the public or private beta phase of a site's progress through the Area 51 site creation process.

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Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of SE sites

Back in April of 2010, Joel shared our assumptions about the role of small sites in the newly minted Stack Exchange network: If a site does not have enough activity at the end of 90 days, it will be ...
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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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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" ...
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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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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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What is the Stack Exchange (Staff) process of launching a site?

I've heard bits and pieces from various sources, but I would really like to know, what does the Stack Exchange staff do to launch a new site? What are the milestones? I'm talking about Area 51 ...
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Why are beta badges awarded at all?

This question reminded me of a big complaint I had and forgot to voice before. I happened to be busy when the SO Beta was happening and was unable to participate. When you posted that blog entry with ...
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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?
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Encourage people to “Pay it forward”

Stack Exchange uses rewards to encourage participation: Votes for good content Badges for good questions, answers, and behavior Reputation bonuses for valid edits Increased responsibilities for good ...
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Are Stack Exchange 2.0 sites remaining in beta for too long?

One of the interesting things about Google is that they tend to have products in beta for a very long period of time, despite the fact that they for all purposes ceased to be a beta product some time ...
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How do I know if a beta Stack Exchange site is growing well?

There is a page for every beta SE site in area51 which indicates how healthy that specific site is in its beta phase. While this is a great feature, I think it would be more cool if there was a graph ...
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Private betas, launches, relaunches, rules for promotion, and community partnerships

The second private beta launch of EmbeddedSystems has been killed after about a week and a half. Having had one disappointing experience with the maiden beta, and now a second (though with less ...
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What is story behind the edX Stack Exchange sites?

What is story behind the edX Stack Exchanges sites, specifically http://edx-cs169-1x.stackexchange.com/ and https://cs50.stackexchange.com/? I just saw these in the top menu bar, and I'm confused ...
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Can we grandfather in rep abilities as sites leave beta?

As Stack Exchange sites are beginning to graduate from beta, they are moving out of the beta rep benchmarks for abilities. This means that almost all users lose some of their abilities. Not a big deal ...
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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 ...
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Share the results of graduation reviews with the community

One of the questions that is inevitably asked on every beta site at some point, often more than once, is a variation of "why haven't we graduated yet?" or "what do we need to do to graduate?". The ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Couple the higher reputation requirements to the number of active 3k users

Now, I might be beating a dead horse here, probably one that has been dead and decomposing for a while now, but I'll try it anyway. There have been plenty of discussions about the new graduation ...
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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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Would it be possible to get different favicons per beta site?

I don't know how many of these I plan to save, but I like to have all these sites on my bookmarks toolbar for easy access. Surely I can't be the only one who works like this.
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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 ...
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Can a beta site be re-promoted to its committers at its one-year anniversary?

Has the Community Team ever sent out a follow-up email, or SE-inbox message, to all committers who haven't been seen on the beta site for a few months, giving them an update on the site's growth, and ...
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Reputation/Privileges when a beta becomes a fully fledged site

I have a minor curiosity on this, but I can't seem to find any documentation (at least on MSO or on the Area51 FAQ) about this specific point: What happens to your privileges when a site becomes a '...
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How many Area 51 sites failed the beta phase?

Has any Area 51 proposal failed the beta phase and been closed? If so, is there a list of them?
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Pro-tem moderator appointment date is hard to parse and should either follow ISO 8601 or state only the year

The pro-tem moderator appointment date is currently shown in middle-endian notation (%m/%d/%y). For example, see Outdoors.SE moderators: I find 6/5/2014 ambiguous and hard to parse. From the other ...
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Area51 / SE 2.0 site-specific script support (such as LaTeX) in beta-phase

While equation markups are seldom needed on S[OFU], it is absolutely essential on many science-based SE 2.0 sites e.g. Mathematics, Statistical Analysis, Physics, etc. Unicode art is not enough for ...
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When is a commitment fulfilled on Area 51?

I commited to Programmers on Area 51, now the site is in public beta, and I have been active in the site by posting 4 questions and 18 answers. But my commitment is still not listed as fulfilled, as ...
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Don't raise rep requirements to public beta until pro-tem moderators have been empowered

Law.SE just went to public beta and there is exactly one user with enough rep (i.e., over 1000) to review suggested edits. Now that public users are flooding in a lot more posts need editing, and ...
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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 ...
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How to “follow through” on an area51 proposal

Can someone explain what it means to "follow through" on an Area51 proposal? It's not clear to me from the Area51 FAQ. I am committed to three proposals-- one of them is in beta. I have participated ...
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How long until graduated sites get a new site design and increased privileges threshold?

As seen in this post, Design-Independent Graduation is on for early September!, there are 2 phrases after a site has graduated: Phase 1 The Community Team announces that a site is cleared for ...
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Commenting on a closed post should dismiss the flag asking for a comment

Note how the info to the right of the flag says I've commented If it knows I've commented, it really shouldn't tell me to comment. I'm in the habit of commenting immediately after I close, so I can ...
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Why is the Gadgets site deemed not viable?

Jeff Atwood has mentioned on Area 51 and in a blog post that http://gadgets.stackexchange.com/ will likely be deemed not viable, killed, and replaced with sites for Apple and Android. Was this ...
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Can beta mods suggest questions to be advertised cross-network?

At present, StackExchange sidebars feature ads for questions at other SE sites. At present, these questions are chosen automatically - I believe it's high-voted questions with high-voted answers, like ...
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Show the Chat box in the sidebar for Public Beta sites

There's usually a sidebar link to the chat of all SE 2.0 sites on the main/meta pages. However, this link doesn't show up in the sidebar for public beta sites: You can see this on Cognitive ...
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Please include Beta Stack Exchange sites in the data dump

In this blog post it is stated that: The latest version of the Stack Exchange Creative Commons Data Dump is now available. This reflects all public data in … Stack Overflow Server ...
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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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Please comment further on htw.stackexchange.com closure + how this process works [closed]

I received the following comment after htw.stackexchange.com closed after a beta period of 7 days. I am contacting you because you recently committed to the "How Things Work" Stack Exchange site. ...
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Invite un-committed followers to the Beta

I want to feature-request what I said in a comment to this post. Could followers who did not commit be invited to the private beta directly as committed users will be? (without needing the invitation ...
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What is the minimum length of time a proposed site will be in its beta phase?

When "committing" to a proposed site, I see the following language: I commit . . . to visit at least three times per week, to ask at least three questions during the beta phase, and to answer as many ...
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Will the “Third Place” be available for use in discussion during the beta phase?

Part of me wanted to tag this as a feature-request, because it would be nice, but I feel that if plans aren't already in place for this, then it isn't too wise to try and scramble it in. We're only ...
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Chat on beta sites has an unreadable “log in” button

If you visit a chat room attached to a beta site while logged out, the log in message is all but unreadable, being dark grey on a dark blue background. For example, visit The Library while logged out ...
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Not repeating the same arguments for new beta sites

I have participated in quite a few new beta sites and find that many sites have the same arguments each time. Already with the new Chinese site I have been having an extended discussion about why ...
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How long will betas be given to develop a following?

I really love learning languages....I've taught myself enough French to read books, and I've just begun Spanish, and I want to learn Russian, Arabic, and Mandarin 5-10 years down the road. In ...
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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 ...
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Does participation on a per-site meta count toward completing a commitment to that site?

Do my questions/participation on both X.stackexchange and meta.X.stackexchange count when evaluating whether I've hit my commitment mark for the site ?
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Will the SE team be ready to launch, when the first site is at 100% [closed]

I know there is a lot of work the SE team must to in order to get the next site up and running, but will you be ready to launch once 100% has been reached? I must admit it is happening a lot quicker ...
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Beta theme visited link color seems “wrong” to me

This is a screenshot of a beta site as it looks currently. Which links look visited to you? For me, the darker links say "new" and the faded ones say "viewed". However, that's actually the opposite ...

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