Some sites get closed while still in private beta, before even reaching public beta:
- Artificial Intelligence after 12 days
- Machine Learning after 15 days
- Game of Go after 27 days
- 3D Graphics after 33 days
- Sexuality after 13 days
- How things work after 7 days
- Personal Manufacturing after 22 days
- Electronic gadgets after 63 days
- Freelance workers after 24 days
What is the rationale of closing sites so early? Usually the official reason is that a site didn't get enough activity. However,that reason doesn't seem to be backed up by the statistics for each site. Why not give a site a chance to obtain a readership in public beta, rather than closing it already in private beta?
I quote from this answer:
So that presented us with a difficult decision: do we open this site up to the public and... Just hope folks show up? Remember, this hasn't worked at all well in the past. Or do we shut it down, with the understanding that a new site could be created in the future?
Indeed. For some sites, it hasn't worked well in the past. That's why some sites get closed in public beta. I understand the risk of sites becoming ghost towns. But what's the risk of giving a site a chance in public beta and then, if it fails, closing it a few months later?