Proposal: Genealogy & Family History

Can someone explain what level of commitment is required to achieve Beta.


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We will need at least 200 people who "Commit" to using it.

Of those, at least 100 will need to have 200 reputation points on other StackExchange Q&A sites. That is so enough people experienced in the StackExchange philosophy of Q&A sites will be there to help get the Beta going in the right direction.

Then there's a weird formula that calculates a "commitment score". But generally if we get the 100 with 200 rep, the commitment score should be okay.

As Nicol commented, the box at the right of the page says what percentage we're at, and if you click the "more info", it will give you the details.

So everyone must tell others who might be interested about the site. Use Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, email, your blog or website.

If you know people interested in genealogy who are technical and might be using some of the other StackExchange sites and might have that 200+ reputation, then especially contact them, because they will add to both sides of the count needed.

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    I looked at The "more info" text at the bottom of the "This proposal is in:" box states very clearly what the requirements are. and if the question was not asked, I would have done so myself. Louis thanks for the explanation. It is now cloudy, not muddy like before.
    – Those Legs
    Sep 10, 2012 at 3:02
  • @Those legs: You "would have done so" or "would not have done so"?
    – lkessler
    Sep 10, 2012 at 3:05
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    I would have asked it, as the part re: commitment score, based on committers' activity on all other sites and how old the commitment is; does not tell me anything definite.
    – Those Legs
    Sep 10, 2012 at 5:20
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    There are many sites for many different topics. If new people committing to the proposal earn enough rep on any other SE site in the network, it will count for that commitment requirement. The rep doesn't have to be earned before committing to a proposal. Sep 12, 2012 at 4:18
  • That's good to know @Rebecca. Does that apply automatically as soon as someone passes the 200 points? And how do they know when they do? You can't tell by the number next to their Avatar on the commitment page because that is just their Area51 reputation.
    – lkessler
    Sep 12, 2012 at 4:23
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    No, the commitment score will have a caching delay for that. One shortcut to knowing if someone has 200 rep on a site (other than A51) - site icons on a user's network flair do not appear until earning 200 rep on that site. Sep 12, 2012 at 4:53
  • @Rebecca: I did recently see us go quickly from 30/100 200+ people to 35/100 with no new Committers. So we must have had 5 people gain their 200 rep over the day after they Committed. So then I guess all 5 must have been added at the same time due to the caching delay.
    – lkessler
    Sep 12, 2012 at 4:57
  • So, I followed the suggestion made my Rebecca and Louis. Now Bear has earned her first 26 SE points. Oh my. Wonder how long it will take me to lose them.
    – GeneJ
    Sep 13, 2012 at 17:47

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