This site is all but ready to move on to public beta, but we tend to agree — we're giving this site another week to shore up the core community before launch.
You have set up a strong foundation of what works on this site, but this extra week will help you put some of that dialog into action… and to let it all soak in so the core community is ...
I agree, we need to answer some critical questions before we leave private beta.
If we don't have a strong community agreement on these we will have inconsistant policy and people will get inconsistent down/close votes, and will be driven away from the site.
Important meta-questions /policies, that are still open, that need to be
decided on prior to ...
The main things we need to do before public beta are:
Evaluate the quality of what we have.
As part of this: A call to arms: review these answers!
Determine our minimum quality threshold.
How are we going to moderate answers?
Work out quality guidelines.
I think we're doing well on that front: What is required for a question to contain "enough ...
I would propose that the best option although I don't know if it is (easily) possible would be a limited public beta; like open it up and allow up 200 new users to register and then close it for another week. This would have lots of benefits over both going totally public and keeping private for another week:
Give everyone a bigger pool of users to get rep ...
As mentioned here on meta.stackoverflow.com, the exact criteria is hidden to prevent people from merely doing the minimum amount to get the badge:
silver; awarded once
Participate actively in a site's private beta phase
Not just 3 bronze badges anymore, but the exact requirements not disclosed to prevent users from just doing the bare minimum. (...
Different sites face different challenges.
A lack of traffic is clearly not one of our problems. This site has had more questions than most private betas.
We knew right off the bat that the main challenge of this site would be quality, not quantity. Quality is difficult to measure with metrics. We requested another week in private beta precisely so that we ...