The metrics are confusing and won't reliably tell you when a site is going to launch. They are not the only criteria, and the specific thresholds where chosen a long time ago, they don't really apply to all sites now.
What a site needs is:
Reasonably good quality. This is a very important part that isn't reflected in the metrics. If a site is producing ...
The subject had quickly run its course and simply had nowhere else to go leading to an uncharacteristically rapid decline early in its life cycle. Most of the core users lost interest and left the site.
But even beyond issues of traffic and the size of the subject and audience, most of the early users stated sincerely that they lost interest as the ...
There are currently no plans to change the configuration or analytics inherent to Area 51 at this time. See What's going on with Area 51.
Incidentally, those reputation thresholds were established when question votes were still worth +10 before they were lowered in 2011, so the question-answer values are simply back to where they were when those thresholds ...
Be careful about cracking open the text books and seeding the site with questions that been asked on every other site on the subject. This isn't a trial, demonstration, nor a "call for questions" just to shore up your numbers. This is your actual site.
Please ask about problems you actually have.
Asking the First Questions
When users are suddenly put on ...
The knowledge that went into these sites is not lost. In keeping with our promise not to hoard what was given freely, all content on closed sites will be available for download from the Area 51 page corresponding to each site, in the same format and with the same open license as the data dumps for graduated sites.
From the blog post: When a site grows quiet
It'd be a real shame if this went a year unanswered so...
No, the stats don't exclude closed questions. Obviously if you're closing enough questions for this to matter that's somewhat concerning, but still: you should focus on doing what's right for the site and its membership, not the number.
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 ...
As far as I can tell, the requirements are as follows:
The site needs to have entered public beta.
You need to have made at least 10 posts (questions or answers) on the main site (not meta).
Those posts need to be well-received (positive scores, and not closed or deleted).
The "commitment fulfillment script" needs to have run (checking that the above ...
It's exactly the same as any live site from my observation, so the percentage of answered questions compared to total questions that haven't been closed. The definition of an answered question is as per other sites:
It has as answer that has been accepted by the OP
It has an answer that has been upvoted and maintains a score over zero
So if a beta ...
The closure of "Web Design" was not an issue of gaining critical mass (that's typically done in Area 51); it was an issue of scope.
Long story short (yes, we discussed this extensively on the site itself), there simply was not a lot of content that didn't already fit well on our existing sites. With a Graphic Design site for layout and design questions, a ...
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 +...
There seem to be two requirements for this, although there is only Q&A and official confirmation lacks:
Beta has gone public.
You need to make 10 posts with a positive score.
(either questions or answers, and meta does not count).
Finally you need to add some time for the update script to run and actually show the fulfilled commitment. Seems all is in ...
Short answer, the beta should get a "critical mass" of users. And following the Debian credo, it's ready when it's ready. A SE website may linger in beta for as long as it takes to become viable.
These questions are addressed in the following blog posts:
Does this site have a chance of succeeding?
When Will My Site Graduate?
What exactly ...
Absolutely. The point of the beta is to build the site and demonstrate what the 'full version' would be like. If you have a question that could conceivably be asked (whether you know the answer or not) and is applicable to the site, then it should be asked.
I think all the metrics listed can be improved by one thing: More Users
More users directly influences Questions Per Day and Visits Per Day, which gives the experts a reason to come to the site regularly to answer questions, which will increase the Percent Answered, Active Users, and Answer Ratio.
So providing SE is OK with us advertising beta sites, go ...
As I mentioned in the Code Golf meta thread, site graduation is decided (and implemented) by humans, not by computers. A site with perfect stats is not guaranteed to graduate, and a site with imperfect stats do get graduated (as you noted in your edit).
Yes, it's been a while since a site has graduated. This has come up in conversations I've had with some ...
Beta sites can be closed at any time when it's become clear that the beta won't produce a site that is contributing useful content at the appropriate level for SE. This is a decision made by the community team. Private betas are especially scrutinized for both quality and quantity, and won't be allowed to go public if they aren't up to par. In many cases the ...
I'm Italian and I'm a new user of the site (since yesterday). I thought it was interesting to commit to this Italian language spreading project, so here I am. I'm sorry but since I'm new I have no reputation to bring to the cause. Anyway, I really hope this works out. I seem to understand that the project needs a 10% score to go to beta. Thank you all, I ...
I got Adam to look into the settings for this. The ratings info doesn't populate until the site's been in beta for 30 days. We want people to focus on the work of building a site, not getting graded on it.
So, not a bug. Just have to wait a bit.
This was addressed by a staff member during the Space launch:
Are any of them a question you actual have? Then go ahead an ask it.
But "recycling example questions" isn't exactly the goal of a private
beta. You're not supposed to be asking questions simply for the sake
of filling the site with stuff. Please at least read:
Your New Site: ...
It refers to questions with no upvoted or accepted answers. Questions in the "unanswered" category can have downvoted answers, deleted answers, answers with no net votes, etc. - but they cannot have upvoted or accepted answers.
On a side note, though, it may be good to draw attention to questions that have either
An accepted answer with no upvotes, and no ...
It looks like the metrics are all good: two excellents, two okays, and a needs work.
It's a question of site viability. The "needs work" is in questions-per-day, and it's well below par (4.3, when 15 is the standard).
That's not a minor, insignificant stat. A site that is not getting a good number of questions-per-day is not a healthy site. New users ...
Voting is already measured, however not directly, but via users reputation.
There's no real reputation without upvotes. Without active voting it's hardly possible to achieve the following:
150 users with 200+ rep (currently 21 users with 200+ rep)
10 users with 2,000+ rep (currently 0 users with 2,000+ rep)
5 users with 3,000+ rep (currently 0 users with 3,...