I see some proposals that have been languishing here for over 7 years at this point, so I'm curious as to what is the longest amount of time a successful launch has spent here, from initial proposal to successful launch.

  • Would have been neat if this data was queriable on SEDE, but I don't think it is :-( – Mureinik Jan 20 '18 at 5:36
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    Which proposal has been languishing for 7 years? Proposals are closed/removed after 2. Link please, thanks. – Robert Cartaino Jan 20 '18 at 17:31
  • @Robert When I look, I see ones like Physical Fitness and Writers being in public beta for 3k days. Used, technically, but they still havent made the jump to full launch in 7 years – Amusable Bman Jan 22 '18 at 13:48
  • @AmusableBman I see your confusion. Answered below. – Robert Cartaino Jan 22 '18 at 16:38

Two years is the longest a proposal can exist unfinished.

Proposals have one year to complete the Definition phase, then another year to complete the Commitment phase; otherwise, they are closed as inviable and eventually removed. After a short, private beta (typically less than 30 days), proposals become fully launched, public sites.

Your confusion lies in our misuse of the word "beta" to classify smaller sites. These are fully launched sites, but unless they reach a substantial size (sustaining about 10 questions/day), the current system says they they retain their beta label forever. It gets even more confusing when a smaller, perfectly healthy and stable site is is said to never "graduate", which is when a site is given a custom design (mixed in with a few other necessary features, which is why we came up with "designless graduation"). Oy.

I've been a big proponent of ending this collection of confusing labels and the community frustration that comes with it, but after collaborating with the Community Team on a better system, the project was summarily vetoed and scrapped in the last hour.

I'm getting a bit off topic here, but for further reading, I wrote about how this improved life cycle would work many times. See:

Should we rename or remove the "beta" label?

Can we do something about the “graduated” label?

Private betas, launches, relaunches, rules for promotion, and community partnerships

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