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Time to Exit Beta?

Thank you for pointing out the precedent from Philosophy. We will probably never have 10 questions per day, for reasons already mentioned in other answers, and that's ok, because: We have ...
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Questions/day and graduation

I agree with you. We are a high-quality site that has been around for almost a decade. We have 10,000 visitors per day for our library of over 7600 answered questions. We are making the Internet ...
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24 votes

Time to Exit Beta?

Giving the overwhelming show of support for this proposal, the moderators have posted a request to graduate. It's in the hands of the larger StackExchange organization now. :)
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20 votes

Time to Exit Beta?

I think if we have four out of five Excellent, we should make the case to graduate. This is a solidly established site with plenty of active users and some great questions and answers. We have healthy ...
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13 votes

Should we increase the reputation thresholds for privileges?

Stack Exchange has been talking about decoupling "graduation" and the various effects of that transition since 2015. So far they've only altered elections -- so-called "beta" sites, including us, now ...
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Getting Writers out of its Rut

Based on the answers and voting here, I see consensus on all of the points except the site name, on which people disagree (so we need more discussion there). For everything else, we seem to agree -- ...
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12 votes

Time to Exit Beta?

I agree with Mark and Lauren. Here are some reasons I think justify leaving Beta without a large volume of questions: The coding and OS generate more questions because programmers (and network ...
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12 votes

Time to Exit Beta?

A couple of years ago, we did some research on what makes a site self-sustaining. Overall, we concluded: If communities that can keep their site free of spam and other nonsense, there's no reason we ...
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9 votes

Time to Exit Beta?

I think it would be a good idea to have this site graduate. Not only are there enough people to support a steady supply of answers to all the questions that may arise (99% answer rate means that ...
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Getting Writers out of its Rut

I appreciate the thought and effort you're putting in here. But I disagree with your analysis and where you're proposing we spend effort. If I summarize your post, I think what you're saying is this: ...
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If we could have a custom design, what elements are most important?

A site header and/or sidebar that illustrates writing. I'm thinking something showing off not just a traditional fountain pen (no site on writing should be without one), but also a computer keyboard ...
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Should we increase the reputation thresholds for privileges?

The reputation thresholds depend on the status of the site. If it's a beta site the thresholds are low, if it's a graduated site the thresholds are big. There is no way for us to change the thresholds,...
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If we could have a custom design, what elements are most important?

Is it possible to have a quill in the sidebar not only floating, like Wroldbuilding's robot, but to move like it's writing, when one is scrolling down? If we can't, a sidebar with a pattern that looks ...
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Time to Exit Beta?

Yes, the time to exit beta has long passed; lonnnng passed, in my opinion. I wanted to update everyone on what I've been working on because I've seen many discussions, proposals, and improvised ...
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Getting Writers out of its Rut

1) Change our name: I love "Prose and Comms." The more we debate balancing our scope, the more I like the vagueness of "Comms." 2) Change our pitch: By all means. 3) Change our category: My only ...
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10 question per day, now what?

From Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of SE sites: When a site starts to consistently receive 10 questions/day, we’ll consider it for graduation. I've italicized two ...
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Are we being graduated?

It appears to be a glitch. It's an April Fools Joke Worldbuilding (which graduated a long time ago) has the same half-finished 1999 design. To make it go away, click the clock icon on the top right ...
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Singing the song of angry men

Q: What else can we do to attract attention? What not to do... maybe... Probably not escalate this into a protest movement that turns it into a faction vs site admin duality. Because doing that ...
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Getting Writers out of its Rut

Name. I see zero reason to change our name. Writers is perfectly broad and perfectly clear. It fits the site far better than anything I can think of. Prose and Comms is an attempt at a witticism which ...
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Getting Writers out of its Rut

Change the name. I don't like this plan. "Prose and Comms" would be good for our chat room name. As a site name, it feels too clever. My suggestion: Q&A for the craft of writing for ...
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If we could have a custom design, what elements are most important?

I like a lot of the other ideas. Typed words on a page would make a nice background for areas that need some filling in. Similar to Galastel's handwriting example. It can be faded so it doesn't ...
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10 question per day, now what?

I'm also asking because I want the 5-questions badge. Not kidding. Answering is more my comfort zone, but the combination of rewards (badge + contest starting right when I discovered SE) is pushing ...
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Are we being graduated?

I first checked https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/1623/writers and it showed only 8 Qs/day, so I worried that we were being demoted down to 1990/myspace layout!
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Getting Writers out of its Rut

I can't find a good place to put these comments in the above reams of comments. I am submitting an 'answer.' This is not an answer. As an aspiring writer who knows most of the mechanics of writing but ...
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Getting Writers out of its Rut

Having joined this community recently I was just posting this question here Do most users start on Stack Overflow? and while asking is broadly was interested in Writers specificaly as mentioned in the ...
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Getting Writers out of its Rut

+1 to Standback and the SF/F focus. As a research scientist and coder, I came from an SE site for a programming problem. I did find a solution, but also got distracted by an interesting question "...
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Getting Writers out of its Rut

I know that I don't ask questions here because, frankly, I don't think that I have anything to ask here. Not a matter of protecting my ideas or prose, but because — and you will pardon the arrogance —...
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Getting Writers out of its Rut

Broadly agree. Specifically : 1) "Writers" smells more like fiction, but how about "writing"? Keeps it simple. "Prose and Comms" is a cracking joke and gave me a chuckle, but like the best joke in ...
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