The private beta only lasts for 21 days. In this period site is not reachable through search engines. (It’s planned to prevent posting non-related content in early days)
As soon as as the site starts private beta phase, Followers and Committers will be notified through an Email and they can sign up for the beta site.
There is an option on the sidebar of the site which lets you invite others and your colleagues (experts and students like yourselves) by Email (not more … meaning invite people that you know well) to sign up and enrich the site by valuable content.
A guide will be shown for every body who signs up on how to post.
It is more likely for a site to be closed in private beta phase if it doesn’t reach a minimum amount of activity. After 21 days if the activity is not enough the site will be closed but it’s data dump is downloadable. So if committers want to have the site, they should be really active in this period (take it as a 21 day full-time project, ask and answer at least 10 valuable questions to fulfill your commitment and enrich the content)
was closed after 8 days in private beta phase (I don’t think it needs a special website, Do you? It’s a theory in mathematics with applications in other sciences not an expertise)
was closed after 13 days in private beta phase. But later Data Science
was proposed and it is in public phase for 1k days now.
was closed 2 times. First version proposed
6 years ago was closed after 12 days in and second version
proposed 3 years ago was closed was closed after 18 days. But a third version that was proposed 1 year ago, grow very rapidly. It’s definition and commitment phase last only 8 months totally from January to August 2016 and now its in public beta for 253 days
What does that mean?
It means that when the two earlier versions were proposed, there was not enough related experts in StackExchange to support it. But those efforts made people familiar with the process and finally this community driven process was successful.
was closed after 21 days in private beta phase.
was closed after 10 days in private beta phase.
was closed after 20 days in private beta phase. But a year later a newer version named freelancing
was proposed and now is in public beta for 1422 days.
was closed after 63 days in private beta phase. It’s special because it was proposed by Joel Spolsky
(The CEO and Co-founder of Stack Overflow company).
was closed after 28 days in private beta phase.
Game Of Go
was closed after 27 days in private beta phase.
was closed after 16 days in private beta. Later a newer version of it
was proposed by someone else which had better chances and it has been in public beta
for 1k days and is likely to become a permanent site just like GIS
with a unique and related appearance soon.
was closed for the first time after 33 days in private beta. A later version
was closed in Commitment phase because it didn’t meet the preconditions to enter beta after 1 year.
So we may stop in private beta, but if the committers make enough activity, we may proceed to public beta. A site remains in public beta for at least 90 days but it’s not clear what is the maximum length of time time for a site to remain in public beta. For example here
you see all the sites that are in public beta. The oldest one is Board and Card Games
which has been in public beta for 2367 days ( 6 years and 177 days, if we don’t consider leap years)
The sites in public beta
- Are reachable through search engines. Everyone who searches for related content can have access to the site and sign up if he founds it a good way to ask questions related to his expertise
- It’s not needed for committers to be active full time like that early 21 days because because new population will come to the site through search engines. But the ones who are more interested will continue to visit the site periodically in their free time, they will be elite members and can participate in moderator elections each year.
- The Stack Overflow will create accounts and blogs for the site to advertise it and you have option to share the link to the site on your personal accounts in social networks.
In fact the site has all the features of a permanent (launched) site
except a unique logo and appearance. And it is less likely to get closed. But steel it maybe closed if it doesn’t satisfy all or a major part of these criteria after relatively a long period of time.
was closed after 512 days when it was in public beta. You see people were not interested enough.
was first proposed 6 years ago and was closed after 1176 days in public beta. A newer version named startups
was proposed 3 years ago and it has been in public beta for 987 days now.
was first proposed 6 years ago and was closed after 338 days in public beta. A newer version
was proposed 4 years ago which has been in public beta phase for 1296 days now.
was first proposed 6 years ago and was closed after 185 days of being in public beta. A newer version
was proposed just 4 months ago.
was first proposed 6 years ago and was closed after being 269 days in public beta phase. A newer version
that was proposed just 1 year ago grow very rapidly and fulfilled its commitment phase in just 2 months and now has been in public beta for 84 days.
was proposed 6 years ago and was closed after 206 days in public beta. A newer version
was proposed 3 years ago and has been in public beta for 876 days now.
was proposed 6 years ago and was closed after being in public beta for 205 days.
was proposed 6 years ago and was closed after being 233 days in public beta. The content of it was merged with physics
But if we succeed to pass the public beta phase just as law
which has been able to fulfill a major part of those certain criteria.
Our site will be permanent for ever and a unique logo and design will be provided for us. For example
So what will happen to this proposal finally?
As the following flowchart suggests, there are four possibilities:
But the most important is that if the proposal stops in any step, anyone interested can propose it again.
So I’ve reached my goal so far.
The proposal has been viewed 11543 times so far (On April 13th 2017 6:05 AM)
Meaning that totally a huge number of people have been familiar with the process. If someone find it helpful, he can start it again. Just as Artificial intelligence which was successful the third time it was proposed. Some remote sensing and photogrammetry experts have been familiar with the network. They can subscribe to this RSS feed
and answer some of the questions to gain enough reputation for a second run.
I have been familiar with some people in the community who helped me with translating texts to different languages, etc.
Will I start the next run of proposal my self? No, because I want to let other members of the community decide about the necessity of such a site. They can start it with new ideas. Two brains is always better than one. But if someone starts the proposal again, I’ll try to help him in spreading the message.
Some people asked me why did I devote so much time except I could have bought a domain and create a Persian site? I’m not a software engineer or a web developer. I totally know nothing about hosting, CEO, etc. So I didn’t want to come up with a site that is out of order most of the time. Since I’m pursuing my studies in remote sensing, I just want to be concerned about remote sensing related questions when asking and answering questions not about money, availability of the website, a sustainable traffic for it, etc. So I prefer to assign such tasks to a company that has 9 years of experience in creating Q&A websites and has created 166 of them so far. Also I believe in the fact that knowledge should be published generously and universally. If I had created a Persian site, I would have learned just from Iranians but an international website will have more traffic and great new ideas.
Creating a special Q&A website in StackExchange network is community-driven and time-demanding but once it’s done, the site is the most popular of its kind on the web and it will benefit the community a lot.