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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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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 ...
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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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Is there a page listing the founding date and the “out of beta” date for all Stack Exchange communities?

Just out of curiosity I would like to see a list of all Stack Exchange communities along with the founding date and "out of beta" date. If the list can be generated using a query, that would ...
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As of 2020, is it possible to set up migration paths to beta sites?

As of 2015, setting up a formal migration path to a beta site was not something SE was willing to do. (Questions can still be migrated manually by moderators from anywhere to anywhere, though.) But ...
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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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Is there a complete list of possible staging in Stack Exchange Network?

Is there a complete list of possible staging in Stack Exchange Network? I've gone through Area 51, some posts (Are graduating sites considered launched?), (How can I tell when a site graduated from ...
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Data dump for closed public beta - Guitars - is not available?

I am calculating the differences between graduated betas v.s. discontinued betas for an academic paper. In order to do so, I have located closed public betas and downloaded the data dumps from each ...
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How do new users on beta sites ask what's relevant when the meta has a reputation limit?

I want to ask a question on a beta site (stats), but I don't know if it's relevant. Attempting to ask on the stats meta site returns this: You must have at least 5 reputation on Statistical ...
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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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Announce moderator nominations on the parent site? [closed]

We're having a bit of trouble getting participation on the moderator nominations on the Unix SE. I poked around on the nomination threads on some of the other SE betas, and compared to the others (...
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Typo in default SE system message

At some point a typo was introduced into the default SE beta system message; it now reads iteself instead of itself. It exists in the Unix/Linux and CS Theory betas: But not in the older TeX/LaTeX ...
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I need to help this site reach beta? It's already in beta

The message about helping a site reach beta is still shown on the WebApps proposal. I'm not sure whether this overlaps with this question but I posted it separately as it should be a lot easier to ...
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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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Why does http://stackexchange.com only list 9 of the public beta sites?

From the Area 51 progress tab, it is apparent that there are 13 current beta sites, 12 of which are public. https://stackexchange.com/ links to SO, SF, and SU, MSO, Stack apps, and the 9 oldest ...
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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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Are there any plans to graduate any beta sites soon?

It's been more than a year since a beta site was graduated – the latest being Bitcoin in October 2017. Since then, the SE team has been busy with the rolling out of responsive design themes which ...
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How about removing the Beta badge from users that will never be able to earn it

Since this badge can't be earned by users joining after it was too late, I think it would be fair to remove it from their list. It's somewhat depressing to take a look at something you can't ever ...
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Add Questions/Day to the Site Stats sidebar of beta sites

Currently on beta sites, the Site Stats sidebar reports: questions answers % answered users visitors/day Now that Questions per Day is an important indicator of readiness for graduation, can we add ...
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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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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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Why do we need 150 users with 200+ rep in beta?

When we look at statistics of any beta sites, some stats will be displayed. The stats are displayed to reflect the health of the beta like Needs work, Okay and excellent are given. It is believed (not ...
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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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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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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 nuke a Beta and start again?

Disclaimer The following case-study is just my opinion and not something the Beta site in question has decided upon. I want to know whether such course of action is in theory possible before ...
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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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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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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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Can a site “degraduate”?

I know that sites have two main stages once they leave Area 51: beta and graduated. In order for a site to graduate from beta, it must meet a few requirements such as A certain number of questions ...
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Why not scale Tag badges for beta sites?

Why not scale Tag Badge requirements for beta sites? For example on the Robotics SE Site the gold badge requires: total score of 1000 in at least 200 non-community wiki answers Same as SO and ...
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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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Literature SE in private beta “at least 5 more days” for some, open for others

Yesterday, I had a look at the new Literature Stack Exchange. It said that the site was going to be in private beta for at least 5 more days. When I visit it from my PC today, I see that it is open....
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Are there some specific requirements/recommendations about minimal activity in private beta?

Following this policy and this answer, I assume that new sites have low chances to be closed for too low activity level in public beta, but high chances to be closed to the same reason at the end or ...
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Minimal allowed activity on a beta site

Some time ago too low activity on a beta-stage site was valid reason for closing it (example, closed on 8-th day of beta in April 2014). In June 2015 Ana released new rules, which say that small ...
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Isn't it time to consider AUTOMATIC graduation?

Before answering look at the following questions: What is the minimum length of time a proposed site will be in its beta phase? (asked 6 years ago) Let's set better expectations for how long beta ...
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Seeing stats of Bitcoin website with 100 rep

When I check posts on the Bitcoin Stack Exchange site I see the statistics of the site. I do not see these statistics on other SE sites though. But I think one must have a privilege to see these stats ...
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Should I 'seed' questions, particularly on beta sites, when I don't necessarily have that question myself? [duplicate]

I've come across this a few times: an opportunity to help 'seed' an SE site (particularly a beta site) by asking a question that seems to be a good question, but isn't asked yet on the site. It might ...
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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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How did I get into the private beta without commiting? [duplicate]

Yesterday, the the DeepWeb.SE proposal went into private beta. I knew this because I got the following notification: private beta invitation This proposal has entered private beta. Click here to ...
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Has any Stack Exchange site been closed after public beta? [duplicate]

Going over the impressive list of topics discussed on the Stack Exchange network, it got me thinking - has there ever been a site that was in public beta, but then closed? Is there a list of these ...
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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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When do we merge the content of a closed beta site with an existing site?

I was searching for closed beta sites and I found them. These are the beta sites that were closed and their data dump of questions is downloadable on Area 51 Open Science Machine Learning Game Theory ...
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When is the exact point of a website graduation in the new system?

I haven’t seen a website graduate in the “old system” so I don’t know how it really worked before, but I’m curious how it works now. I don’t know when is the exact point when a website is considered ...
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Why does Gaming SE still have beta logo?

So I just went to Gaming and noticed that their is no new logo like on WebApps. Is this because of the domain name confusion or is their another reason?
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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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Is Beta Site Self-Evaluation Still Relevant? [duplicate]

Now that the graduation process for beta sites has been changed, will there be any more self-evaluation reviews? It appears that they are no longer necessary. A similar question: Where have the site ...
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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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How does the new beta/graduation philosophy apply to spinoff sites?

The recent changes formally acknowledging long beta periods seem like a huge improvement: our longstanding small but awesome beta sites can breathe easier. I'm wondering about one specific case: ...
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Higher review queue limits during beta stages

In a similar vein to this question I think there needs to be some modification to the review queue limits during the beta phases of a new site. I have read the other questions related to review queue ...
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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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