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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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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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Policy rationale and implementation date for private beta stage discontinuation

I am calculating the differences between graduated betas v.s. discontinued betas for an academic paper. A key influencer on this is the process that is followed within Area 51. Back in March 2010, a ...
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Data dump that exclusively covers the beta phase of a graduated site

I am calculating the differences between graduated betas v.s. discontinued betas for an academic paper. In order to make a fair comparison - I need to compare the beta phase performance of the ...
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How to determine number of days in beta for a graduated site?

I am calculating the differences between graduated betas v.s. discontinued betas for an academic paper. When an unsuccessful beta is discontinued - e.g. Theoretical Physics - a note is placed "...
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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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Area51 is a great social networking site! Can we use it to make StackExchange better?

Yes, we all agree that StackExchange is not a social network. But one part of StackExchange, Area 51, serves as an outlet for people who want to connect and work together with other people in their ...
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Why don't the new Stack Exchange sites get creative and unique names?

If I go to the main Stack Exchange website and look at the most popular sites, here are some of the names that pop up (not necessarily in order): Stack Exchange - This is unique and everyone ...
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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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What does 'beta' state of a SE site actually imply?

As stated from the questions title: What does 'beta' state of a SE site actually imply? Could someone elaborate, which restrictions or drawbacks we should expect from a 'beta' SE site? I could have ...
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When a beta SE gets closed, make the data dump available on Area 51

When a beta SE gets closed, a data dump can be downloaded for a few days right after, then it's not possible to have access to the dump. It's annoying for several reasons: People who took part in the ...
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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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A request to post a survey on nineteen meta sites

I'd like to post this on the per-site metas of nineteen beta sites in the Stack Exchange network: The Beta Phase: a survey Hey there, _____s and fellow Stack Exchangeians! I'm Doorknob, a ...
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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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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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Is there any way to request official feedback on what to do in order to graduate? [duplicate]

Let's say there's a site that I'd like to see graduate into a full SE site (I'm not going to mention Code Golf here). Now, I'm aware that the answer to "when will we graduate" is "when you're ready." ...
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Why didn't the Community User automatically award 50% of bounty?

If someone starts a bounty and doesn't manually award it, the Community User should award 50% to the highest-voted answer. However, that did not happen on this NetworkEngineering.SE question. ...
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Is a StackExchange question only valid if it it's your own problem you're describing? If not, does this still apply in beta?

Most (if not all) SE sites have something in their help centre along these lines: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. My question is: Is the ...
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Stack Overflow (In Portuguese) listed inconsistently as public and private beta

According to the area51 list of betas, Stack Overflow (in Portuguese) is in public beta: Yet when clicking through, it is reported as private beta: The latter appears correct when clicking through ...
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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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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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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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Why did a mod answer a meta question on a beta site that has been closed down?

A mod, @AbbyTMiller (note that the link redirects to the area 51 site because the site is closed), just now answered a question I asked on the Gamification Meta site before it closed. The link ...
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What tools does Stack Exchange have to promote sites within Stack Exchange

We are having difficulty attracting some attention to out site CogSci to draw some answers. I have been placing bounties, and the last one went unanswered. This one has gotten about 6 views since it ...
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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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Why do I see my own answers but not my own questions in a site self-evaluation? [closed]

I just found out experimentally that in a site evaluation, you don't get to review your own question. You do however get to review questions that you've answered. The official rationale is Since it ...
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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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Is it all sites in public beta that have Pro-tem moderators?

I noticed Tor is now in public beta, then i went to check their moderators to see those who were chosen as Pro-tem moderators. I was suprised to meet it with no names. Is it all sites that go into ...
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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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More visible styling for disabled actions in the mod menu

The “mod” button on posts brings up a dialog box with actions selected by a radio button. For this particular post, the actions “convert to edit”, “show flag history” and “show review history” are ...
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Suggested edits on Beta

Are the number of suggested edits on Beta Sites different to non-beta sites? If there are many suggested edits made by a user, given the lack of users who can review suggested edits on beta.. if the ...
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Make Private Beta access a factor of account relationships, not email codes

I just committed to a site which went into private beta, and I haven't yet received my beta invite. True, it might just be a fluke. Or I checked too soon. Or whatever. In any case, it exposes a ...
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Community flags a closed question as commentless after a comment from an off-topic closure [duplicate]

When a moderator closes a question on a beta site, if there is no comment on the question, Community raises a flag: Please explain the nature of this closed question via a comment This happens ...
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Can we make it a policy to promote the ELL beta on all our other sites?

I've just had this stroke of utter brilliance. Every time someone posts some broken up and garbled question or answer in barely intelligible English, let's post a link to ell.stackexchange.com! One ...
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Is Stack Exchange vetting historically biased towards topics about syntax and semantics?

It is no secret that the origins of Stack Exchange lie with software programming topics such as the notorious Stack Overflow, Super User, Server Fault and Ask Ubuntu sites. On the other hand, I was ...
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When should Moderator Pro Tempore nominations start?

Moderator pro tem nominations generally happen about a week into public beta, and are influenced by the community (according to the blog post). Just how early should a new site start their meta ...
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What is Beta badge, How to achieve it [duplicate]

I am looking forward for the badge - Beta, How i can actively participate in Beta, I don't know what do they mean by it. I can't see any link about it.
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When a site fails private beta, how quickly are commitments reusable?

If a site fails beta, can the commitments, particularly for those who otherwise succeeded in fulfilling commitments, how quickly can they recommit? The faq doesn't seem very clear about this, and it'...
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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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Finding my (beta) Stack Overflow account

I had an account associated with this e-mail account during the Stack Overflow beta. However, when I tired to use it to login it prompted me to sign up again. Did the old accounts get purged at some ...
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Badge requirements on beta sites

I know that the reputation requirements for various privileges are kept lower on SE's beta sites. My suggestion is, shouldn't the threshold for acquiring badges be lowered too for such sites? I'd ...
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How can we encourage small beta sites to grow?

There are a number of sites which just don't have any activity to speak of. I think there needs to be a more consistent policy about what we should do to encourage them to grow, and kill them if they ...
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How is the number of days in Beta calculated?

I'm looking on area51 at the stats for TheWorkplace.SE. It shows 310 days in Beta. I've been a member of the site since it went into private Beta and my membership shows only 188 days. Something ...
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Can I invite a non Stack Exchange user into a private beta?

Does someone have to be a Stack Exchange user in order to be invited into a private beta, such as English Language Learners? I'm referring to the "Invite Fellow Experts" form on the right hand side ...
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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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The exact duplicate box has gone for a walk-about on beta sites

As of today the paste your duplicate URL box in the close dialogue seems to have been shifted out of position on Grainy themed sites. I'm experiencing this on Biology and Chemistry, in both the ...
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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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Do beta sites have different rep count requirements for privileges? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reputation requirements compared According to the privileges list, a user gains the ability to freely edit questions and answers at 2000 reputation. But I have ~1400 rep on ...
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What are the rules of privilege reputation changes for beta sites? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reputation requirements compared I've joined the recently-opened anime.se, and noticed that the rep amount needed to get certain privileges there is really small (it was just ...
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Related Questions/Linked Questions on Stack Exchange beta sites not appearing as links when hovered

As I couldn't find anything related to this specific point under the tags status-bydesign + related-questions + beta, I'm raising here the question. Happens that when hovering the related/linked ...
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As a beta moderator, should I answer stuff or leave it for others to answer?

I'm a moderator on Chemistry.SE, a beta site. I often see a new question appear--which is within my capabilities of answering--and I am faced with the following dilemma: Should I answer it, or wait ...