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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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Should the beta badges stop being awarded to users?

Of the 3797 badges present in the data dump, only 2982 were issued with the creation date of 2008-09-23. Since the beta badges were issued, people have been earning them in trickles. Should the ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the success criteria for an Area 51 beta site?

In other words, what determines the future of a Beta site, i.e. which path it goes down: beta is closed (failure) or beta becomes a public live site with its own artwork (success) And what is the ...
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Will all Stack Exchange sites look the same?

Logged into the beta of the Webapps Stack Exchange site and I thought the design of it was quite impressive. The sketchy appearance of it lead me to wonder, is that just a default look for sites in ...
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Why can only moderators protect questions less than 1 day old?

From here: Who can protect and unprotect questions? Diamond moderators Users with at least 15,000 reputation, with the following restrictions: The question must be at least a day ...
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Why aren't some users listed as participating in the Beta on Area 51?

I was checking out the Area 51 list of participants in Gaming, and I noticed that, for some reason, I'm not actually listed there. I've gotten 183 reputation with 8 posts (and perhaps, in something of ...
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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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How are the “on pace for” metrics on Area 51 generated and are they being done so correctly?

Taking Biology as an example, Area 51 describes: Every site needs a solid group of core users to assist in moderating the site. We recommend: 150 users with 200+ rep (on pace for 83 ...
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Should (or will) a proposed site's “Great On-Topic Example” questions be automatically included in its beta?

I've read some great on-topic example questions on Area 51. My questions: Should a proposed site's "Great On-Topic Example" questions be automatically included in its beta? Will a proposed site's "...
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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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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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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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Commitment fulfilled seems to act erratic on area 51

I have previously received commitment fulfilled when I had submitted 10 questions or answers fulfil the commitment. However, on a current commitment I have 13 and have not been released. Is this an ...
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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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Is it appropriate to ask what a public beta sites needs to graduate?

I came across this comment by Tim Post today in a separate question: The only thing holding [Code Review] back from graduating is the lack of high rep users - there just aren't enough 1k+, 3k+ ...
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Should questions that belong to Public Beta sites be moved there? [closed]

I see lots of questions about Drupal, and there is a SE site for Drupal. Should I flag those questions to be moved there?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 Fault Super User ...
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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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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 a proposal's Beta be available for everyone? [duplicate]

Do I have to commit to participate in the beta or will I be able to do it regardless? I don't want to commit to some proposals but I'd like to participate in them (with no strings attached).
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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?
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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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Less discouraging presentation of closed questions for Beta sites

I'm a pro-tem moderator at Writers.SE. I’ll start by saying that closing questions is one of the critical tools for an SE beta moderator. I’m sure this statement is widely agreed upon; I’ll only ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...