Nick raised the question of whether some of our improving site statistics suggested we were ready for launch. I figured this might be an interesting meta discussion.
Nick: We're now in the "okay" range with 5.5 questions per day! Time to start pushing for a launch maybe? It has already been 750 days as of today.
Jeromy: Hi Nick, it's great that we've got questions per day in the okay range. My sense from these site stats stackexchange.com/sites#traffic across the network is that we're moving in the right direction, but that we're still a while off launch. Just looking, other sites that are launched typically have 10,000+ visits/day.
Nick: Wow! That is quite a while off. However, if that's your estimate for currently launched sites, might having been launched already be a causal factor in the extra traffic? That is, I assume SE isn't looking for beta sites to reach the same level of traffic as fully-launched sites before actually launching them. Area51's criteria for "excellent" status in this particular dimension certainly seem to suggest otherwise...but I also suspect that there's more involved in the decision "behind the scenes" than these five statistics, and I'm a little pessimistic of getting any insight by asking.
- How will we know that we are ready to go out of beta?
- What site statistics might suggest that we are ready?