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The Windows Phone SE site has been archived

I felt a great disturbance on the network, as if millions of smartphones suddenly rang out and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.
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The Windows Phone SE site has been archived

Hmm Source
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The Windows Phone SE site has been archived

The Area 51 (Stack Exchange site) site says: closed after 3857 days in beta But Windows Phone was not in beta. It was a graduated site.
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The Windows Phone SE site has been archived

It wasn't all about failure...
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The Windows Phone SE site has been archived

A huge thanks to the contributors and the moderators who kept this site going this long. The site did help me a lot during my Windows Phone days particularly towards the last years where there were ...
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The Windows Phone SE site has been archived

Well - In the case of windows phone I suspect no one particularly cared but couple of things for the (hopefully rare!) future instances of this happening: Could we have one last spam cleanup before ...
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Could Stack Exchange sites be shut down because of recent events?

We can't know this for sure, but IMHO it's not likely. In the past, sites have only been shut down because there were not enough people willing to moderate the site. Yes, some smaller sites have lost ...
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What happens to the reputation of active users if a private beta was closed?

What happens to the reputation of users of a private beta when it is closed? What does reputation mean on a closed site? I'd expect nothing, as the site is closed down - there are no users, there is ...
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How can we preserve Area 51 sites that get closed during the beta?

No, it would not be particularly "expensive" for us to host a read-only version of a site. We already have the utilities in place to convert a site to read-only mode that is used whenever we ...
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Why does the closed beta site "Big Data" have no data dump available?

In all likelihood: it was forgotten. It was explicitly pointed out that Big Data needed a dump made internally, but it wasn't integrated into the process at that point and it just never got done. Now, ...
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Was there any full-featured site that managed to get out of beta and then got closed?

The Windows Phone site was closed in November 2022 after having left beta in August 2019. So far, this is the only circumstance where this played out exactly as you describe, where a site that got out ...
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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 ...
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What happens to the reputation of active users if a private beta was closed?

If the site is closed, your reputation there no longer matters. The site is gone. Posts may be archived, but the site itself is no longer there. If you fulfilled an Area 51 commitment on the site, ...
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When are closed sites removed from SEDE?

While we automatically add new sites to public SEDE, the weekly refresh process doesn't remove closed sites. That means they are removed when we remember to do it. I went ahead and manually removed ...
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What happens to the content of a SE site that has been closed?

Some (most) of the beta sites have their data dump available after closure. If so, you can find a link to the data dump on their Area 51 page: Examples: 1618 Economics 2732 Atheism 3303 Sexuality ...
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The Windows Phone SE site has been archived

In a past life, I was a Microsoft MVP for Windows Phone. I still admire the strengths of the OS and the Nokia designed hardware even now - iris recognition, live tiles. I remember, with a bit of a ...
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The Windows Phone SE site has been archived

It would be preferable to freeze the website (= keep it online but make it read-only) instead of only archiving it. Upsides of freezing the website: Much easier to browse than the archive. Avoid ...
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Migrated questions from closed sites link to real pages on the closed site

It's been a while since this was asked and some things have changed -- including that there's (again?) an Economics site, so your example isn't broken any more. I just checked a question that was ...
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