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The issue in these three cases is different from almost every other proposal. Most sites will get launched a week or two after 100% commitment. There are a few things we need to do to prep a new site, such a establish the URL, pick the favicon, and so on. But proposals for SO in other languages require significantly more preparation to do right. The good ...


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Your warning against letting the proposed Emacs exchange siphon off content that ought to be on Stack Overflow is frustrating. In my experience with the Emacs tag on SO, overzealous users would frequently flag Emacs questions as off topic, with the result that Emacs questions get spread over SO, Super User, Unix, TeX. In some cases, questions would be ...


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The technical and timing issues aside (this isn't even a site, yet) — generally speaking, you don't want to start a new site with questions imported from elsewhere. If there is a good questions on the Deep Web for this site, you should simply re-ask it. Importing a question from elsewhere means the question and answers wont likely have an owner ...


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When creating sample questions during the definition phase, we are being told: Discussing whether questions are on-topic or off-topic helps figure out what the site is about, and, more importantly, what it's not about. I was under the impression that this means that we as the community get to define which questions are on-topic and which are not. And ...


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I'd say that the move from proposal to commitment for the Monero proposal was only so fast because we've had a failed proposal already. Bolstered by that failure, the community was determined not to let that happen again. Update: now that the Monero Stack has hit 100% commitment I can update this. We went from launch (2016-05-14 20:17 GMT) to completing ...


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When a proposal reaches 100%, the site typically enters private beta the following week on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening (Eastern Time). Technical delays, scheduling conflicts, or larger internal discussions can push out a launch date, but the vast majority of sites will typically launch in that first week or two.


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I understand the typical private beta is at least 7 days, but sometimes it gets extended if the private beta does not yet have their scope worked out or it isn't yielding the kinds of metrics and quality questions desired. A site can remain in public beta for as long as 565 days (and counting). I say that with some experience.


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See the banner across the top of the proposal. This proposal has reached 100% commitment. We are preparing for its launch and expect to create it soon. Yup, barring any technical problems, this site will launch later tomorrow (sites typically launch on Tuesday, but since Monday was a US holiday, the last minute configuration work was delayed).


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The latter one. The site does not automatically get created at 02:45 on Saturday morning if that's when 100% is reached. Rather, a notice appears saying that this proposal reached 100% commitment and that the team is preparing for its launch. New sites usually launch on a Tuesday during U.S. business hours.


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I hope we know what we are getting into. It is relatively easy for followers of other religions to have a Q&A site because they have one God or no God at all. Also, they have basically one primary sacred text. But when it comes to Hinduism, there are as many gods as there are people in the country. Then there are so many sects and creeds that without a ...


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UPDATE — This feature has been added Why am I allowed to sign up on a private beta site I never committed to? [original post removed as no-longer-relevant]


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We launched this slightly differently from a normal Area 51 launch; the group that is currently participating was manually emailed by Gabe (our Portuguese-speaking community manager) ahead of the automatic system email. That automatic system email hasn't gone out yet, which is why it's still showing as in commitment here. It should be updated in the next 12 ...


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Emacs is a programming language, but SO does not correctly highlight emacs questions. Emacs is a tool, so many questions will be closed on SO as being out-of-context by individuals who aren't familiar with it. Emacs has competitors, true, but this is true of TeX too. Does having tex.SE risk that users will demand an Office / LibreOffice / MathJax / troff / ...


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Here is the information given on the site of Deep Web, that precedes our site of a few days in Private Beta. This gives some indications on what we have to do to make our Beta successful: 10 questions per day on average is a healthy beta, 5 questions or fewer per day needs some work. A healthy site generates lots of good content to make sure users ...


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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 ...


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This blog post covers the process of appointing provisional moderators and later electing them through the community vote. Moderator Pro Tempore


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On that first day, the site is listed as having been in beta for "0 days." But your 'visited days' are counted from day one. So, when you visit the site for the first time, you already have "visited 1 consecutive day(s)." So how is the count off by two? The day count in 'consecutive days' is based on the UTC timezone. So here in the US (for example), you ...


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Brendan - we sent two emails to you. I will forward them to you again as a test to make sure you have us properly whitelisted.


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One of the purposes of the private beta is to 'seed' the site with representative content before the public beta. I was going to suggest that everyone consider asking 'their' questions from the Definition phase within the first couple of days of the launch - if any good ones are missed, one we can pick those up.


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Sites launch on Tuesdays. There is not, to my knowledge, an authoritative explanation of why it's Tuesday. But it's apparent that Stack Exchange activity is lower on weekends, which is not good for getting a site started. So launching early in a week makes sense. On the other hand, Mondays are hard enough without having to launch a new thing. So CS ...


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From the FAQ: Beta. Perhaps the most important phase. This is the actual, live site set up on a "probationary" basis to see if people use it. It is very important to participate early. The earliest questions set the tone and topic of the site for a long time. This is also the time to spread the word via Twitter, blogs, and email far and wide. If the site ...


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There are currently no technical issues holding back the launch of Robotics. The international proposal ahead of it are not holding it up. We are preparing for its launch this week.


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Well to be honest, Hinduism is an umbrella term for Vedic, animistic and tribal traditions of India. I don't think we should restrict the scope of it specifically to Vedas as it will undermine a vast tradition of myths, rituals and karmakanda. As a primer, here's my list -- Vedic literatures (Veda, Upanishad, Shastra, Purana) Smriti literatures Myths and ...


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On the page of the failed proposal, you can download a dump of the content of the failed proposal. You can also do a web search for “migrated from embedded.stackexchange.com” to find the questions that were migrated from other sites. You may repost questions and answers to the new site, with attribution of course (unless they're your own posts). But don't ...


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According to this post from 2014, the current record holds the Craft CMS proposal which made to private beta in only 12 days. The second fastest site to go from initial proposal to private beta is Emacs proposal. Most of the quickest proposals achieving private beta are results of having established previous followers and when the proposal is removed by ...


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It takes a few days for SE staff to set up the site. Usually about 3 business days. Days can be impacted by other events like conferences or holidays. Most of the SE staff live in the US, and this week is the Thanksgiving Holiday. It is plausible that the site may not enter private betas until around Decemember 1st


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No, barring any technical issues, this site is slated to start private beta later tomorrow, Feb 7th.


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I'm not in the beta, but a question counts as answered, when it has at least one upvoted answer or an accepted answer. That means, even if only 7 of 25 questions have accepted answers, others may have an upvoted answer and thus are marked as answered.


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Well sharing it in your profile helps, certainly. Perhaps writing to them would be considered as spammy, unless you see them in a chat room and you ask casually about it, that'd be fine. Systematically writing emails would be too much, most likely. But you can do something else: I made an ad for this proposal to be posted on EL&U, but it needs to reach +...


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So splitting off Emacs questions runs counter to our current thinking about what's best for our company and (we suspect) the users of Stack Overflow. It seems to me it was not a good idea to start this without even mentioning it or getting any feedback on the thriving emacs-help or emacs-devel mailing lists. I wonder if this effort would be better off in ...


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