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I've had some thoughts about this over the past year or so, and it's sort of a complicated issue. I had part of a post written in my head about this, but was having some discussions with Tim Post around the time he got busy with his new little one and we lost track of the discussion. I'll put that here with some fleshing out. Apologies for the length, ...


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Speaking from my own perspective, I see Beta on Stack Exchange very like Beta on Google. It doesn't really change anything, other than requiring lower rep levels for certain activities. Looking at the official SE discussions on Beta status and Graduation, it looks like graduation itself is no longer some big bang, changed site, yadda yadda to more of a slow ...


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Maybe those with plenty of reputation on the site can start sharing the questions instead of jumping in to answer them. It's easy to be helpful, especially on a site like this one, but increasing site traffic in general will lead to more questions. Start pushing these questions to Facebook groups of parents and encourage them to come to the site and answer ...


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Being mod on a few sites I get to see a few graphs, and one of the ones which is important is not how long a particular averaged line will take to reach a target, but have we reached a turning point, where the gradient suddenly increases. There are other indicators as well, but this was significant before Security graduated, and not long before we were told ...


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(This answer is likely going to change over the course of the days, as I have more time to think, write, and find information.) It's useful to get a more granular idea of the questions-per-day statistic than Area 51's snapshot (ref. Can we see a plot of our site's Area 51 stats over time?). About a year ago, the graph looked like this: Today: We ...


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One more idea stolen from my prior Meta post: You would get a major possible spike in questions if you get SE dev team to implement anonymous participation - more specifically, disallowing anyone from seeing your Parenting account's association with the main SE account. Likely objections addressed: Do you have evidence? Anecdotal one, Yes. During the "...


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Joe touched on one thing in his answer: Certain kinds of questions get a negative first response, or not a positive one. Frankly, it has been my experience that a LOT of questions get a negative first response. And the worst kind of first response at that - specifically, "this is not a real problem, you shouldn't care about it" in response to "how do I ...


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full-site elections will be delayed but will be scheduled eventually I would like to know more about this, like when and why and how etc. @Catija's answers (from comments) When - I don't know, but we're not capable of hosting 29 elections simultaneously so we have to space them out at the very least. Why - we believe in our community-moderated sites and we ...


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TL;DR — I believe beta status by itself is not a major discouraging factor, but there are some aspects related to our beta status which might be discouraging. I think that the beta status, on its own, is not discouraging. It requires a bit of "expert" StackExchange knowledge to understand what "beta" even means. There are even a few things about it that are ...


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