If the Community Managers team (henceforth CM) so decides, we're scheduled to start public beta in two days (Tuesday). I'm not sure we're ready.
On most new beta sites, announcements from the CM team that the site will stay in private beta for another week are met with disappointment. I'd like to stipulate that we really want and need another week.
I originally brought up the idea of requesting extended private beta (henceforth EPB) in chat, and it seemed to be met with general agreement. Here is my reasoning:
- We have a great amount of activity now. We're not going to starve of new content in EPB.
- We really haven't fully hashed out the basics of our policy yet, IMO. For example, I'm still not entirely sure when to flag an answer as Very Low Quality (VLQ).
- I'm not sure we're effectively keeping up with our existing content moderation-wise. I don't have any objective evidence of this, but it's just a feeling I have.
When public beta hits, we're going to get a huge amount of activity. It feels like the eyes of SE in general are upon us. When we open the doors, there's going to be a rush.
Are we ready to deal with it? Do we have enough high-rep users?
Also, I'm imagining quite a few comments around SE on many closed recommendation questions pointing people here. These people that post recommendation questions on other sites aren't very likely to read the rules here, either. Can we handle it?
It seems weird to be requesting another week in private beta, but I believe it's fully necessary for the long-term health of the site.
Please, express your opinions in votes/comments/answers below. Am I missing something?