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3:51 AM
@NiallC. How is it decided when a beta site can graduate?
 
@jmusser The SE team evaluates the sites at some interval (maybe 3 months), looking for key statistics like site traffic, number of users (at various rep levels), engagement of those users: how often they visit, vote, etc.
If they decide that a site is building momentum and can sustain it long-term, they'll make the decision to graduate.
 
@NiallC. Ah, that makes sense. Do all the stats have to be at excellent?
@NiallC. How close do you think we are?
 
4:15 AM
@jmusser are you talking about the area 51 stats? I gather they're not all that SE uses to evaluate a site.
We've had a relatively large amount of activity recently, but I think we're still fairly low overall.
I believe @jonericson is the SE staffer with responsibility for gardening.se; he might be able to say more.
 
@stormy I'm curious what trees will grow in your area. The only one i know of that stands that kind of climate is quaking aspen.
 
4:44 AM
@jmusser Not necessarily. The difficult one for many sites is Q/d. Many sites are smaller scope and just have a harder time getting enough questions.
Gardening tends to pick up in the spring and die off toward winter.
@NiallC. We've switched to more like 6 months, but that's the still the process more or less.
 

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