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So I was curiously following-up on the “How is the site going” entry in area51. Comments. question, and I checked out our Area 51 entry, to discover that - where it once counted down the days to the end of our private beta - it now says:

This site is nearing the end of its beta and will be launching very soon.

... and we no longer have any "worrying" stats; worst we have are an "okay" number of questions and an "okay" number of views per day.

How awesome is that?!

Likewise, what does all this mean? (in the past, I've been a shining example of "users who don't really understand what's going on" and I'm sure there are others)

Are we soon to have our own site design, like Seasoned Advice? If so, activity should flock towards the questions which will be relevant:

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    \$\begingroup\$ "It's impossible to objectively answer this question; questions of this type are too open ended and usually lead to confrontation and argument." :P Great news though, thanks for the update. \$\endgroup\$ – Dave Hallett Nov 16 '10 at 15:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's official, we are out of beta! \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk - Justice for Monica Nov 18 '10 at 23:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ What!? Link please! Area 51 still says public beta to me :'( \$\endgroup\$ – LeguRi Nov 19 '10 at 3:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ It says public beta, but if you read on it says "This site has finished its beta and will be launching very soon." \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk - Justice for Monica Nov 22 '10 at 2:57
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Yes, once we graduate, and all the metrics indicate that we will, we'll get a design and everything. Although there may be a backlog; there's one person doing it for all the sites and they'll be queued in order of "excellence". So don't expect a new design to happen immediately (note that everyone on area51, if past 90 days, is still listed as "passed beta and launching soon" but don't have designs yet, and there's like 9 ahead of us.)

Robert Cartiano wrote:

Folks have been asking when their site is going to graduate. Here is how that is decided... Looking at Area 51 (progress tab), any site past 90 days goes into a pool of sites to graduate. Jin is able to design about 1 to 1-1/2 sites per week so we have to come up with an order to launch those sites... Based on this blog post When Will My Site Graduate?, the sites with enough 2000 and 3000-rep users go first. The order after that is determined by the Area 51 statistics: The most Excellent, Okay, and Worrying, in that order.

I'm sure they'll take our thoughts on meta into account so do feel free and put in design/tagline ideas (do not expect them to be held to them though - my expectation is that professional graphic design will win over design-by-committee when necessary).

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    \$\begingroup\$ ♫ Awesooooome ♪ \$\endgroup\$ – LeguRi Nov 16 '10 at 4:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ Most people aren't going to be able to see that chat conversation; the room is mods only \$\endgroup\$ – Michael Mrozek Nov 16 '10 at 20:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ Then they need to get them some more rep! OK, OK, cut and pasted the relevant bit. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk - Justice for Monica Nov 16 '10 at 22:51
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One other thing to note is that most users' privileges will be reduced, as Beta site privileges are given out at much lower rep levels than full sites.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Is there a concordance that can be looked at that gives an idea of the comparative rates? \$\endgroup\$ – Jadasc Nov 17 '10 at 4:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Jadasc: There's a chart in the When will my site graduate blog post. \$\endgroup\$ – yhw42 Nov 17 '10 at 6:14

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