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Private betas, launches, relaunches, rules for promotion, and community partnerships

I'm with you on just about… all of this. A few months ago, I wrote a promising proposal called "An Objective Site Life Cycle" which accomplished about 90% of what you described above. It was ...
23 votes
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SE website should notify users who committed to a site on Area51 when the site goes to private beta

I agree that this could be useful, and I think the best place for it is the inbox, since it's a notification about something you signed up for. (You could probably make an argument for it being in the ...
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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 ...
21 votes
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Remove the pointless Area 51 roundabout to login to a private beta?

It's not pointless. While it does appear to be bolted-on (and it is), it's not pointless. The main purpose: people often arrive late to things, and when it comes to proposals, we really need those ...
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18 votes
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Can Q&A be imported into new beta from the previous closed beta dump?

We could pre-load all sorts of text into a new site (we won't), but that doesn't actually help create a community to answer questions or to help curate that content. Content has ownership, and a ...
17 votes

Private betas, launches, relaunches, rules for promotion, and community partnerships

I closed both Embedded Systems private betas. In terms of the negative feelings closing a site causes, both were difficult decisions. In objective terms, however, I'm entirely comfortable. As I wrote ...
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In Private Beta are we supposed to use the site as a normal Site or the focus is testing and fill it with as much content as possible?

The purpose of a private beta is to build up enough of a site that you can open for business to the public. That means: A body of questions and answers of the type you want to see on the site. Don'...
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Concern over the effects of 3-week private betas

My concern is that at the end of week 3, there will be even less activity. This could potentially lead to the SE team seeing this and saying "oh, this beta isn't very active - better close it". ...
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The association bonus gives you the established user privilege on a private beta

Before discussing solutions, let's first establish that there's a problem that needs solving. I will grant you that the bonus doesn't have quite the same effect on a private beta since most ...
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13 votes

Remove the pointless Area 51 roundabout to login to a private beta?

Surely there is a very useful benefit to this roundabout system, isn't there? The private beta is a fragile but crucial time in a site's development, setting the culture, the mood, the level and the ...
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12 votes
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Timeline of a Stack Exchange site

Timeline: Definition: A proposal is submitted on Area51. The proposal is said to be in the definition phase. People follow proposals. During the definition phase, people can post example question. ...
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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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12 votes
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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 ...
11 votes

Private betas, launches, relaunches, rules for promotion, and community partnerships

I've participated in several private betas, and my impression is very different. In the cases where the sites were closed, most of the community generally agreed that it didn't work out. Those were ...
11 votes

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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9 votes

Private betas, launches, relaunches, rules for promotion, and community partnerships

After reading all the wonderful discussion, I can see one very powerful way for Community to help advocate relaunches. I have a data point of N=1 for ES.SE, but the 10% level of first launch ...
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Are there some specific requirements/recommendations about minimal activity in private beta?

I hate to put even arbitrary numbers out there because folks tend to fixate on the numbers instead of the exercise itself. The purpose of a private beta is to show that: The topic has enough interest ...
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9 votes
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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.
9 votes
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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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8 votes

Why does the user reputation change for a 3 day old site?

As Kate Gregory already pointed out in the comments, a difference of 1 is already explained in Why is each rep off by 1 when sorting Users by year vs. all on a < 1-year-old SE site?. There are two ...
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8 votes
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Private Beta Reduce Ads privilege notification weirdness

This was an oversight - if a privilege isn't shown, one shouldn't be congratulated for gaining it... With you in the next build.
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8 votes

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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8 votes
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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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8 votes
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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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8 votes
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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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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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Area 51 shows incorrect time of private beta start

Area 51 sets a fixed time largely for historical reasons. Note that it's never actually been accurate - even when sites launched around 19:00 UTC, launches are a manual process and are never precise. (...
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Some Areas 51 sites skipped Private Beta stage?

Mi Yodeya is actually a migration of an old Stack Exchange 1.0 site, https://judaism.stackexchange.com/, which you can still see in the Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20100424030814/...

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