Expatriates were already ready to run in last week, but it's still in commitment phase?
Is it a bug in automatic starting engine, or SE team has forgotten?
The first week of a private beta is often critical to long-term success. We want to give sites the best possible chance, which sometimes means delaying the launch while we get our ducks in a row.
Our resident expatriate was out of town. :) The site should be launching early next week.