Just a question about how we are doing - statistically, on Area 51, it doesn't look too bad.

I understand that many members are busy people (in real life), I know I am (5 jobs, 12 research projects etc). But despite this, there is still a steady stream of questions and answers.

My question is how close are we to graduating? and what is needed to help us get to that point?

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    $\begingroup$ We've had this question come up on Space Exploration and Astronomy a couple of times. Basically, the deal is that Stack Exchange policy has changed a little bit so that Beta isn't exactly considered a temporary state anymore. Some sites could stay in Beta forever (without being at risk of being closed) if they are more minimal. However, I do believe Space Exploration and Astronomy are on the path to graduation, but it is not a process that there is any desire to rush. The community team will continue to let us grow until we are truly stable. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 15:13
  • $\begingroup$ @called2voyage Does a clear growing tendency exist in the long-term stats? $\endgroup$
    – peterh
    Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 13:17
  • $\begingroup$ @peterh Yes, a clear growing tendency exists from the start of the site. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Commented Jan 31, 2017 at 16:10
  • $\begingroup$ @called2voyage Thanks! Then all is fine, it is only matter of time. $\endgroup$
    – peterh
    Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 9:18
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    $\begingroup$ @peterh Not to be cynical, but the growth rate does not monotonically increase. Rather, Astro SE cycles between high activity and low activity. Using this tool, we see that the questions per day hasn't improved much over the last three years, but the visits per day has steadily grown. I think it's too early to tell whether the questions per day is increasing overall, but I'm still hopeful that the site will eventually graduate. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 21:47
  • $\begingroup$ Not monotonic? Do people actually quit the stack? Why? I'd expect growth rate to speed up and slow down, but not see actual membership decreases. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 1, 2017 at 15:07


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