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Sites freshly in public beta should not be on Hot Network Questions

I share your concern but proposed solution seems a bit too hard because it would cut network wide "advertising" of a new site right at the moment when it can seriously benefit of being ...
gnat's user avatar
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Moderator elections in beta sites?

I noticed two new thoughtful answers to this question and, by coincidence, the community team discussed this very issue yesterday. I'm not writing on behalf of the team, but rather summarizing my ...
Jon Ericson's user avatar
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Moderator elections in beta sites?

This is a five year old question, with 5 year old answers. At the time those answers made good sense. I wonder if they still do. With the changes and clarifications in the difference between success ...
James Jenkins's user avatar
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Can a site "degraduate"?

Generally speaking, no. The idea behind "graduation" is that the site is healthy and active enough to continue indefinitely and grow further. In practice, many sites hit that state before they "...
Adam Lear's user avatar
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Moderator elections in beta sites?

I, too, have noticed this issue on some sites. Moderators are chosen early in beta and, two or three years down the line, the team is unchanged, most of the community wasn't even around then, and ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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"Thanks for participating" email is in unparsed Markdown

For context, internally we use some automated emails to open up Jira issues. The HTML formatting made it hard to parse into tickets, so a while back we turned off HTML for a small number of emails, ...
KyleMit's user avatar
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Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of SE sites

Three out of four recently graduated sites did not match the consistently receive 10 questions per day criteria. When a site starts to consistently receive 10 questions/day, we’ll consider it ...
q9f's user avatar
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Isn't it time to consider AUTOMATIC graduation?

No, it is not. There is more than just a hard set of criteria. SE looks at many things, traffic trends, the community itself, whether or not the site is appropriate and sustainable given factors that ...
Jason C's user avatar
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Is there a complete list of possible staging in Stack Exchange Network?

The concept of "graduation" has changed a lot over time and it's now almost completely retired. Early on, a site graduated when it met the requirements of Beta - in particular, consistently having 10 ...
Catija's user avatar
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Is there a page listing the founding date and the "out of beta" date for all Stack Exchange communities?

The dates can be found via the Stack Exchange API: You normally would need to paginate (the API returns at most 100 records at once) but they've made an exception for this particular method. For the ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Can one propose a new SE site for a topic which has been already closed as a beta?

In this meta Area 51 answer Robert states: Closing a site does not mean folks cannot try again… if they have reason to believe they can make a better go of it the second time around. I'm not ...
Sam Onela's user avatar
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Change "90 days" to "6 months" in public beta notice on Area 51, and change progress bar speed if possible

We've updated the sidebar text and the progress bar calculation. It still won't be perfect since timelines for sites do tend to be a little fluid, but it should at least be closer to the right ...
Adam Lear's user avatar
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Is there a page listing the founding date and the "out of beta" date for all Stack Exchange communities?

You can build such list starting with the /sites endpoint already offered by Glorfindel. For each site, you then call the /info endpoint to get the number of question, answers and users. I've made ...
rene's user avatar
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Minimal allowed activity on a beta site

From the "new rules" post you linked, emphasis mine: If a public beta site does not produce consistently helpful content, and lacks the caretakers needed for flags and spam to get handled and our ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Sites freshly in public beta should not be on Hot Network Questions

Isn't this the whole point of private beta? We did have a few weeks to find our feet before being advertised in the HNQs: that's the whole point of private beta. And there was only a week or two in ...
Radvylf Programs's user avatar
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Why not scale Tag badges for beta sites?

Some badges are always going to be harder to earn on some sites than on others. It's frustrating to hear people casually dismiss a hard-won badge on Site A because "eh, that was easy (on SO)". And ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Why do we need 150 users with 200+ rep in beta?

You need warm bodies on a site... period. A site that only has 15 people using it is... sort of pointless and possibly not really worthy of graduation. Having some chunk of users with a level of ...
Catija's user avatar
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Do Meta questions count in Beta site stats?

Child meta participation is an important part of getting to the point of being ready to graduate but I'm pretty sure that the questions per day asked there are not part of the ten questions per day ...
Catija's user avatar
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5 votes
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Chat on beta sites has an unreadable "log in" button

It looks like this has been fixed at some point in time; the text is now white instead of dark gray:
Glorfindel's user avatar
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5 votes

Encourage people to "Pay it forward"

I think encouraging voting is worthwhile. I think rewarding voting with reputation, though, specifically, would be a problem. At the moment, all the ways to gain reputation have oversight, both from ...
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Add Questions/Day to the Site Stats sidebar of beta sites

This is still an issue for our newer users who don't know the site and network's history. For example this question asking what it would take for Bricks to graduate so that we can have a more branded ...
Zhaph - Ben Duguid's user avatar
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Is there a page listing the founding date and the "out of beta" date for all Stack Exchange communities?

I created a page on my personal testing site, implementing @Glorfindel's solution of merging the output from https://api.stackexchange.com/2.2/sites?pagesize=999 with the raw HTML from https://...
Paul S. Lee's user avatar
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Why do we need 150 users with 200+ rep in beta?

A site needs sustained activity over the long term. Further, it needs enough participants with enough activity to form the core of the site's memory, meta activity, and maintenance. Most users, on ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
3 votes

Encourage people to "Pay it forward"

If you really wanted to do this (not sure I'm convinced) here's a simple algorithm: How many votes (both up and down) have you cast in the ten days prior to but not including today? For each one, add ...
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How did I get into the private beta without commiting?

It is true that you did not commit to the proposal - but you did follow it, in January of this year, so some time ago. We notify all the people who either committed on followed a proposal when it ...
Oded's user avatar
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Literature SE in private beta "at least 5 more days" for some, open for others

First of all you should be logged to *.stackexchange.com site. Then, until you visit the Area51 proposal and click "Visit the site now!", all you can see on the site is the message about it being in ...
nicael's user avatar
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Isn't it time to consider AUTOMATIC graduation?

I don't see that there is an issue here. You claim that there has been no movement forward in this and yet you ignore design independent graduation, which was implemented in September of 2015. ...
Catija's user avatar
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Why do we need 150 users with 200+ rep in beta?

I suspect its a vaguely arbitrary number. On a mature/older trilogy site, 200 reputation is kind of the point where someone is considered an "avid user" - essentially enough that SE stops ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Why do we need 150 users with 200+ rep in beta?

I view that particular bracket as more of a necessity for site activity, not necessarily for moderation. Most sites have a core group of users, who quickly accumulate the moderation privileges needed ...
HDE 226868's user avatar
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