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What is still needed to move this site out of Beta?

I've been wondering for a while what it would need for the site to leave Beta. We seem to have an excellent ranking for most things except questions, which is definitely improving. So what's left?
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Parenting self-evaluation: let's get critical! [closed]

You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or ...
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User who consistently posts factually inconsistent questions

Is there an expectation that questions posted should be factual? I've noticed a relatively new user who consistently posts questions based on contradictory claims. The questions therefore are clearly ...
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Why does the site continue to remain in Beta?

Okay guys, I know about the area 51 stats, and once upon a time read What do we still need . . . so this is actually a slightly different set of questions. Does the linked question need updating? ...
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Should moderators be wiki-izing users questions?

I noticed that this question was changed to "community-wiki" mode, not by the original poster, but by a moderator. Since wiki-izing a post means the poster won't gain any more reputation ... is it ...
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Can anecdotal illustration support an answer, or must it go in a comment?

Is it kosher to include an anecdotal illustration in an answer, to make the answer stronger and (hopefully) more entertaining? If not, would a solution be to put the anecdote in a comment after the ...
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Stepping down as moderator

I would like to announce I am stepping down as moderator. I am pleased that Erica agreed to take my place. You may or may not have noticed her skill at defusing situations and educating new users ...
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How to deal with questions in which a sibling assumes the role of a parent to get it reopened?

Unless they are acting in loco parentis, questions from siblings are getting closed. Since it just happened (one mod closed it, the OP edited it, another mod reopened it), to get the question reopened ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Moms4Mom merge possibility?

Is there any possibility of the Mom4Moms community wanting to merge into parenting.stackexchange? Should we reach out to their community to discuss this or other possibilities?
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Is it acceptable for answers to suggest physical violence?

Some questions mention the use of physical violence against children. Some answers recommend the use of physical violence. Physical violence is an abuse of the rights of the child. See article 19 ...
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Discussion and argument about answers

Background: There was an answer on one question that referenced a personal anecdote of physical punishment. I argued against that answer, at first pointing out the fact that it was anecdotal. A ...
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Rules and Quality Control vs. a Welcome to the community

Part of what I have come to love about Parenting.SE is the rules that help to make being on the site a quality experience. At the same time, I just had a question closed on one of the other sites ...
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The time has come for me to resign

It's been an honor to serve as a moderator on Parenting all these years, so first and foremost, thank you for that. The rest of this post may or may not resonate with you. Either way, it's fine. Ever ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Parenting will begin the nomination stage for a special election on April 30, 2018 to bring in one more moderator. Last year (has it really been a year?) I broached the idea of beta ...
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Contest: Anything you always wanted to know about parenting (but were afraid to ask)

Summary Parenting Stack Exchange has tons of untapped potential. Contests can be a fun way to stir up some excitement in the site. From Mother's Day (May 11) to Father's Day (June 15) we'd like to ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Parenting's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering, ...
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Are we as welcoming a site as you want Parenting.SE to be?

How welcoming a site should Parenting.SE be? Are we as welcoming as you want this site to be? In this question, there was some expression that the site was negative enough to put off at least some ...
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Please welcome your new moderators, Balanced Mama and Karl Bielefeldt

After Torben And Cabbey stepped down, we began the search for some new awesome moderators to lead the Parenting SE community toward its goal of graduation. I'm happy to say, we've found two excellent ...
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Parenting Stack Exchange has an opening for a moderator, are you interested?

Due to time and life constraints, I'm sorry to report that Balanced Mama will not be able to continue on as part of the moderation team. She did a fantastic job while she could, and deserves our ...
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Our questions need more votes!

We've discussed this before, but I think it needs to be brought up again. I've seen a lot of questions lately that have several upvoted answers, but nary a vote on the question itself. (All of the ...
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Encouraging referenced answers

Generally, I feel that most of our questions get very good answers. We get a lot of answers based upon experiences and anecdotes, and most of them are very high quality. However, I feel that we've ...
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Providing Long-Term Updates?

I was browsing around and wandered back across an old question of mine, and wondered if there would be any value in providing an update on how things turned out. If so, what would be the best way to ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Should we discourage questions and answers that reference specific (i.e. “my”) children?

I am interested in what others think about this, but my initial feeling is that explicit mention of specific children has two disadvantages: It violates a child's privacy. For example, if I ask about ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Is there significant interest in topic-driven chat discussions?

There have been a couple of topics that have come up recently that seem to be of particular relevance to our site. One of the topics is the recent announcement of a new AAP policy regarding media ...
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Are there cases where answering in comments is OK?

In addition to protecting questions to avoid spam or "thanks!" answers, we often protect questions that attract negative, irrelevant, or otherwise low-quality answers. I also tend to start removing ...
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Are questions about becoming a parent on topic?

No, I am not talking about questions about the mechanics of the birds and the bees. I am asking about pregnancy, adoption and possibly infertility-related circumstances and topics. I know we ...
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Should Parenting opt out of Hot Network Questions (trial run)?

Shamelessly ripping off Monica Cellio's post on The Workplace Meta. The HNQ list consists of hot questions from around the network of Stack Exchange sites. It's visible on the Stack Exchange front ...
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Where should we draw the line on comments?

Generally speaking, I believe that the moderation on this site is fairly lenient on comments. Strictly speaking, here is what comments are for: Comments exist so that users can talk about questions ...
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Should we encourage follow up?

One of the nicer types of posts I see from time to time are posts where parents return to their questions and provide insight as to what they ended up doing and how it worked out. It's much more ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Parenting is scheduled for an election next week, May 25th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose ...
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Keep this site's chat room's name or change it?

Chat rooms of other sites have oftentimes witty names, e. g. Interpersonal Skills has The Awkward Silence, Academia got The Ivory Tower and The Workplace offers its users The Water Cooler. On the one ...
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How can we be aware and curb judgmental answers?

Here are some examples to get us started. My 16 year old daughter got a speeding ticket Son was sent home from sleepover for behavior How to deal with a teenage daughter who refuses to dress ...
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Are medical discussions allowed on Parenting?

A user recently asked a question about ways to help their child tolerate wearing a face mask, which has garnered 5K views to date. The OP even felt the need to clarify that "this would be purely ...
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Are questions regarding advice for parents that only indirectly relate to children on topic?

I recently asked this question and received some (justified) comments and close votes. Note: the question has since been edited, so feel free to refer to the edit history and review the original ...
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Relationships & Dating is launching

Relationships & Dating has reached 100% commitment and will be launching private beta soon. We discussed this previously somewhat, but now that the launch is imminent, I thought it would be a ...
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Are questions that are related to something you do as a parent, but not explicitly parenting itself, on topic?

Note: This is based on this question. Do we consider questions about things a parent might do that is not "doing something with children", on topic? This would be questions such as how to fix a toy, ...
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The new Parenting Help Center

Stackexchange has recently rolled out a new Help Center for our site (all stackexchange sites have gotten one). I encourage everyone to check it out! As part of the new look and feel, we now have ...
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Broad question title, narrow question detail … is this a problem?

The question What things should I consider when deciding if and when we should adopt? is a massive question which deserves a prominent place in the site. The question is well phrased and has already ...
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Why does Aarthi Devanathan have a pitchfork in her name, and why does she care so much about Parenting all of a sudden? [closed]

I've noticed that Aarthi Devanathan is suddenly super active on this site, editing new titles and being super available in chat. What's going on? Why is she here so much? And why does she have a Ψ in ...
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How should Parenting's chat room be named?

The voting in the previous question was in favor of changing the name of Parenting's chat room. So now you can post suggestions for a new name and vote on them to choose the winner. There needn't be ...
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Do we have a problem with user retention?

Here is a list of users sorted by reputation score on Parenting for all time. http://stackexchange.com/leagues/103/alltime/parenting/2011-03-29/1385#1385 We can see several people who do not post ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Parenting’s second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the three new moderators are: They'll be your first elected moderators since you lost your "beta"...
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Do we need both tags, “babysitter” and “babysit”?

We currently have 18 questions tagged babysitter. We currently have 4 questions tagged babysit. (One question is tagged babysitter and babysit). Both tags have no tag wiki. There seems to be a ...
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Why isn't this “I agree” comment too chatty?

Daughter is reluctant to participate in proposed family meeting. What kinds of objections do you anticipate she has? my speculations precisely This comment added nothing of value, it should have ...
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What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?

One of the tasks that we must complete in the beta is answering the 7 essential meta questions. I'm creating these meta questions here for us to work on. We should begin collecting ideas and ...
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How should we handle “bad” questions that are clearly popular?

This is inspired by this question: How do you raise an intelligent and happy daughter in a sexist world? The reasoning behind that being a "bad" question is that its content is primarily composed of ...
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Parenting Self-Evaluation: Let's Get Critical! [closed]

You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or ...