What has to happen for this site to progress beyond the beta stage?

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This site is currently in the fourth and final phase of an Area51 proposal -- beta. You can read more about this at the Area51 faq.

This is the relevant bit:

If the site does not get used, it will be deleted.

Since this is the second ever beta to come out of area51, things aren't quite set in stone yet, but Jeff and Joel definitely want to see less of this, or this, or even this.

As our proposal page says, the site will be reviewed on October the 5th, 2010 (90 days from the private beta start).

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  • If you check the tooltip on the progress bar at area51.stackexchange.com it states "74% (Beta: 24%)". This with the number of days in beta being 22 indicates that we're about 1/4 of the way there. – ChrisF Jul 30 '10 at 14:12
  • "but Jeff and Joel definitely want to see less of <links to sites>" I get what's wrong with the first site, but what is the problem with the other two? Too broad/specific? – Mana Jul 30 '10 at 18:40
  • @Mana: look at the timestamps. SmarterGamer e.g. has 245 questions since September 2009, we had more than one thousand in roughly 20 days. – badp Jul 30 '10 at 18:51
  • Oh. Oh, dear. :< – Mana Jul 30 '10 at 18:54

It's not that clear yet what the metric will be to determine if a site graduates from Beta.

We are the second site to reach it, so we are kind of guinea pig in this.

In my opinion, the most important thing is traffic, we need to make the site popular and have lots and lots of views -- I doubt they're going to compare it with stackoverflow, but they sure will compare it to other SE 2.0 sites.

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  • I'd think gaming should have more traffic; it's a broader topic then programming imo. – antony.trupe Aug 2 '10 at 14:19
  • it will have more traffic... in three years! – alexanderpas Aug 3 '10 at 5:11

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