When I started participating at Stack Overflow three years ago, I knew very little about programming, and all I could do was posting questions to get help. Similar to your description, I was unfamiliar with the many different tools and languages. At that particular time, I didn't feel I was being of much help to the community because I could barely answer ...
Ideally, a "commitment" should be considered fulfilled the moment they meet that criteria, and they should retain that status regardless of how the site/private beta ultimately does. Their commitment has been fulfilled.
For users who haven't (yet) fulfilled their comment when a private beta shuts down, that data should just be discarded. We simply do not ...
Don't overthink it. If you received a notice that a private beta has started — then go use the site!
Don't worry about guides and badges and FAQs and all the mechanics and minutia of gaining the abilities you can earn later. These sites were designed to learn as you go along.
Click on the site link.
Have a look around.
Look at what other people are ...
Haven't had this issue, but the meta site had several posts dealing with the merging of accounts. This answer agrees with your post:
You can associate your Super User account with your Stack Overflow
account by adding your Stack Overflow account's OpenID to your Super
User account, via the "my logins" tab on your profile on each site.
I note that over the last two days, we added that many new but un-committed followers, each of them had over 200 rep.
If you refer someone, try to include the referral link. (Area 51 > Life > Genealogy & Family History > commitment tab > click "Share this" and choose the first link.
If you have invited someone via e-mail or direct contact in social ...
There are two thoughts coming to my mind:
There's no better way of attracting the users to Area51 proposal than Sharing.
The proposal does not look mature yet — even after the remaining five three already one 200+ rep-users eventually join us.
Sharing is quite simple. It ensures that interested people will come to join. It is also important to have ...
I've just noticed that, if you press the "active" tab instead of the "votes" one at the top of the question list, you get the questions starting from the most recent one, which means that the questions in the top half of the page often have not received any single vote yet.
However, the other tab was in operation as if it were kind of default position, at ...
To follow through on a commitment, and get Area 51's Upholder badge, you have to post 10 times. Any combination of questions and answers.
To get the new site's Beta badge, you have to:
Gain 3 bronze badges
Vote 10 times
Have 3 posts scoring at least 1
Visit the site on 3 separate days (visit means do something, not just load the front page)
So, yes, post ...
Actually, in the private beta, the privilege thresholds are even lower. It should be possible to chat even at 1 reputation, unless things have changed significantly since the last time I was part of a private beta.
Most private betas last 7 to 14 days, so it's important that everyone involved participate in discussions of very important issues related to ...