According to Area 51, we've been in beta way more than a year now. All our stats on Area51 aren't always green, but they've sure been consistent over that time. What is required for us to move ahead? There's only two sites in beta older than we are, and some of the launched sites have stats virtually identical to ours (e.g. Home Improvement).

Edit: As an update, we still haven't heard from anyone on the community team or CHAOS. So we're left to our own devices to get site stats up to the point where someone might decide to care about us. I will note that the gaming renaissance on Google+ is making it our largest referring site now. Over the year our traffic has gone up and down but it looks like a good 25% improvement page view wise; questions and answers are flat. Basically if you read this and care, you can help by promoting the site via links on forums, blogs (yours and others), twitter, g+, fb, etc.


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Can you tell us when we’ll graduate?

Unfortunately, we are not yet able to predict when a site will reach critical mass. A large part of this summer will be spent looking at the traffic data we’ve accumulated over the last three years to make sense of it all.

If your traffic indicators aren’t dropping precipitously, that’s a good sign. If your traffic is falling, we’ll let you know through meta initiatives.


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    \$\begingroup\$ Right, and our stats have been constant for a long, long time now. So either these numbers are OK and we may as well get graduated (and like I say, others with equivalent stats did like HI), or they're not and we should be cancelled, but I doubt another year of hanging around in beta will change a thing - stats have levelled off as of like April. Time to do something. \$\endgroup\$
    – mxyzplk
    Commented Sep 29, 2011 at 14:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ As a tangent, the stats available to non-diamond mods are pretty useless. Hooray, we have numbers! Some of them are green (I guess that's good, maybe?), some of them are red (which is a lovely color, I guess). Are they as red as they were last month? I don't remember! I guess I have no real idea what we're supposed to be getting out of them, especially since they get linked fairly often. \$\endgroup\$
    – AceCalhoon
    Commented Sep 29, 2011 at 16:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ The mod stats are more detailed but in this case aren't much more interesting, our stats are spiky but consistent month to month. \$\endgroup\$
    – mxyzplk
    Commented Sep 29, 2011 at 16:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @mxyzplk perhaps solicit some CHAOS team assistance? That team is designed to help grow your site by finding new interested audiences and getting them to your door. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 29, 2011 at 16:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ A merge with Board & Card Games (to become "Tabletop Games" or something along those lines) perhaps should be considered. (Discussed here on B&CG.SE's meta.) \$\endgroup\$
    – adamjford
    Commented Sep 29, 2011 at 19:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ Strongly disagree with the merge idea - the hobbies are not significantly related, there's even a WotC survey demonstrating crossover between RPGs and board/card is less than with computer and other kinds of gaming. We'll ping the CHAOS team (start with Cartiano I assume?) I still feel like our stats are steady, other sites have gone live at our level of stats, time to crap or get off the pot. \$\endgroup\$
    – mxyzplk
    Commented Sep 30, 2011 at 3:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @mxyzplk: While you're at it, can you get them to throw some love at B&CG.SE too then? :) \$\endgroup\$
    – adamjford
    Commented Sep 30, 2011 at 15:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @adamjford: Love to, but no word back to us yet. \$\endgroup\$
    – mxyzplk
    Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 0:59

To add on to the blog post Jeff linked to, we look at the overall picture of what the trends we see in a site. When I look at the traffic stats, I want to see a graph that shows the site is growing - a positive slope to the graph as it gets higher the farther right it goes. As the blog post mentions, this "tipping point" is vital. Focus on making this a healthy community and the stats will follow.


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