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“How to Ask Questions in Private Beta” is listed in every site’s help centre

Instead of customizing the help content (more about that in a bit), let's remove the page about private beta from the help center entirely and instead make a canned, featured meta post at the start of ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Why do beta sites typically launch on Tuesday?

This is not limited to launching beta sites. Looks like many major changes take place on Tuesday. Few more examples: Stack Overflow Homepage Changes Launch of the iOS app Updating version of ...
Shadow Wizard Love Zelda's user avatar
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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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Are the private-beta sites also under Creative Common license?

Does it also include the beta sites that are still in the private stage? Yes, they are licensed under CC-BY-SA. If you go to the timeline page for a post you can even see the current license version: ...
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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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The meta link on the top banner (private beta) is incorrect

The URL in the system banner will be updated for new site launches going forward. Thank you for pointing that out.
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Are the private-beta sites also under Creative Common license?

Sharing CC-licensed material on password-protected sites & communities is explicitly clarified as allowed by CC's FAQ page: Can I share CC-licensed material on password-protected sites? Yes. This ...
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Close voting privileges on private beta sites listed as 1 reputation, but not actually given until 15 reputation

Raising the privilege to 15 is the easy solution here. And since it's Friday evening, easy is all I have the patience for. Henceforth, close voting on private betas will be documented as a 15 ...
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Unable to review close votes on a private beta site with 1 reputation

Seems you actually can't close/reopen until 15 reputation. A long time ago, this didn't matter. But a while ago, we started recording close votes as flags instead of the way we'd stored them ...
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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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See number of site views today

You can get this kind of information from Quantcast as well. I believe it's pretty accurate, as the figures for Stack Overflow are.
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How can I dissolve the "SO teams" site started privately to public SE sites after some time?

If you mean you want to essentially convert a team into a full site that is part of the Stack Exchange network, no that is not possible and never will be. There will also never be any way for ...
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Statistically, how many of the users who committed to Area 51 proposals followed up on the promise they made while committing?

The average % fulfilled is 16.1121212121%. About 16% in other words. Long story short, I used a bunch of things: AppleScript to get a list of URLs for launched sites, and the content of their Area51 ...
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How do I get rid of the banner on Bioacoustics beta?

I agree, these kind of banners should be dismissable, just like the current one for the Developer Survey results: Alternatively, use a user style sheet through one of various browser plugins: aside.s-...
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Intro page for new private beta sites contains incorrect sentence about going public

The first and last paragraphs on the page have been updated. They now read the following: The date at the bottom is generated based on when the site entered private beta.
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Can we set better expectations for private beta?

The copy on the sidebar on Area 51 has been updated, and it now looks like this: Additionally, the emails sent out to users once a site gets launched into private beta was also updated to better set ...
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See number of site views today

QuantCast, as noted in another answer, is an external site that provides statistics. In addition, users who have earned the "View Analytics" privilege (5k on beta sites, 25k on graduated ones) can ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Where can I see how long a site is / will remain in private beta?

As an update, the May 2016 "standard length" for private beta seems to be more along the lines of three weeks. Retrocomputing went into public beta on their 20th day. Language Learning was in ...
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Viewing vote counts does not work in iOS App for private beta sites

This will be fixed in 1.5.0. Vote counts aren't actually filtered in the API so this was being done naïvely in the app with a 1000 rep threshold for consistency with SO. Now the app fetches the ...
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“How to Ask Questions in Private Beta” is listed in every site’s help centre

This has been implemented. The /help/how-to-ask-beta page will no longer show up on non-beta sites (on the main help page, on the category listing, or the category sidebar), and going to the URL on a ...
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Close voting privileges on private beta sites listed as 1 reputation, but not actually given until 15 reputation

I think we should increase the reputation requirement to 15 reputation. The problem with only requiring 1 reputation is that any random user who comes across the Area 51 proposal and has absolutely ...
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Can we set better expectations for private beta?

It would be good if it was communicated to people that people have 2-3 weeks. I personally had no idea that there was a ticking clock and assumed that organic growth was the way to go. But if you only ...
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Exact dates of stages before launch of a website

Like most relative timestamps on Stack Exchange sites, you can hover over them to show the exact date: This won't work for the 'Launched 3 years ago', I've proposed a feature request to change that. ...
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Stack Lab: My vision for Area 51 - Introducing a community project

Somebody thinks they have an audience and proposes a new SE site with a title and a tag line. Users can subscribe/follow proposals. As per current Area 51. [NEW] This audience tries to agree on ...
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Disable the new contributor indicator on new private beta sites

There are actually quite a bunch of people joining during private betas. They are not as private as the name suggests. Also passive readers can turn into contributors. Overall I don't see a need to ...
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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 ...
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FAQ in "Good news everyone!" email doesn't mention private beta invitations

As mentioned in this other answer, this email was updated to better reflect the current Area 51 process. Among other changes made, the bits quoted now read: Q: Who can access the site during the ...
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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 ...
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Area 51 links to "Visit the site now" on private betas take user to the "confirm account creation" page

Yes, this is intended, although easy to get around. Users are still defining the site and its scope, and we don't know if it's actually going to get anywhere yet, so it doesn't make sense to let ...
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