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Browsing through the longest beta period sites, like Personal Finance, I noticed not a single one actually had 15 questions per day. Even for our Launched Sites 15 questions per day is fairly uncommon.

Is the 15 questions per day really a fair metric to judge sites on? Of the top betas none of them (that I saw) meet 15 questions per day but many of them are ranked as Excellent in all other factors.

Are sites being held up because they don't meet 15 questions per day?

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Sites aren't being held back because of question rates alone. See:

When Will My Site Graduate?

Does this site have a chance of succeeding?

Most sites graduate when they reach full network effects and are growing in their traffic consistently.

Even after a site graduates, there's nothing wrong with a site who evaluates as "good site, but could use more questions." Lowering that number doesn't make the site better; it just lowers the bar of what feels like a robust, active site.

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