Retrocomputing Stack Exchange is leaving beta on the 16th of December. Here's the official announcement.
What is beta?
As the (somewhat out of date) Help Center article says:
“Beta” means that the site is still being defined and constructed
We've done pretty well at this, I think.
- We've got a good understanding of what's on-topic and what's not.
- Most of our tags have detailed tag wiki excerpts, explaining how and why they should be used.
- Us pro tem moderators are doing less than half the work.
- 96% of our questions are answered, with an average of 2.6 answers per question.
- We've got over 3000 visits per day. (3142, at time of writing.)
Apart from making an FAQ, and the (hotly debated) 10 questions per day metric, we meet all the classic criteria for graduation.
What graduation means
There are several aspects to graduation. These used to be bundled together as an all-or-nothing thing, but they aren't any more. This means:
- Losing the beta label (yes! 16th December 2021, give or take)
- "Graduated" on our Area 51 page
- Removing the “Site Stats” and “Help us grow this site!” boxes shown to anonymous users.
- Moderator elections (2022 or 2023)
- Migration paths, maybe, if we ask for them.
But we won't have:
- Increased reputation thresholds
- Custom site design (but we might get minor customisation)
How we can prepare
If you think we shouldn't graduate, for whatever reason, please say so: there's still time to slam on the brakes.
Otherwise, we don't really need to do anything. If you want to, though, here are some ideas:
- Write tag wiki excerpts for every single tag. I think this is achievable, even for weird tags like sd-card, military and tracker.
- Approve (or reject) the pending tag synonyms
- Make sure the /help/on-topic page is up to date. (You can edit it here.)
- Make an index for the scope questions and comment discussions, so it's easier for new users to look up whether something's on topic.
- Write some faq-proposed Q&A pairs, or edit existing questions into FAQs. (New-ish users: you're the best for this. If you have had a question about how the site works, chances are it's FAQ-worthy.)
- Answer some unanswered questions.
- Start thinking of questions for our first moderator election.
- Also consider who you might want to nominate, and whether you might want to nominate yourself.
- Visit The BBS, and give the Annoying Robot some company. Maybe even have a party?