community December 16, 2021

Congratulations are in order! These sites are leaving beta

Today, 59 Stack Exchange sites that originated in Area 51 lose their beta labels.
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Today, 59 Stack Exchange sites that originated in Area 51 lose their beta labels. 🎉

Until now, shedding the beta label was a complex process, involving specific benchmarks and a significant resource investment from our Product team. Recently, however, we revisited the requirements for leaving beta, and our Public Platform team built tooling that enables Community Managers to update a site’s status without a developer. You can read more about that process on Meta.

To mark the milestone, we asked community moderators how it feels to leave beta, and we’re giving a celebratory shoutout to all 58 sites leaving beta today.

Stack Overflow in Japanese (this community is also celebrating its seventh anniversary!)

“We are so excited to lose the beta label on the site’s seven-year anniversary! All arigato go to every single one of the users who posted, edited, voted, commented, reviewed, and performed other actions. Our community has been dedicated to providing a high-quality library of questions and answers around programming in Japanese!” —Aki, Language Community Contractor

Artificial Intelligence 

“Losing the beta label is a recognition for the job we have been doing to make this community a great place for people interested in AI.” —Nbro, Moderator

Buddhism

“I’m grateful to SE for hosting the site and for devising the whole format—Q&A, Meta, moderators, and so on—and grateful to users of the site who posted so much: reference material, personalised answers to specific doubts or uncertainties, and topics I didn’t even know existed.” —Chris W., Moderator

DevOps 

“DevOps SE being promoted from beta is a huge step for the community, and creates a great opportunity to establish the site as the internet’s home of Q/A for DevOps engineers around the world.” —PrestonMartin, Moderator

Genealogy & Family History 

“We want to take the time to thank everyone who has put their time into making this site a great resource for genealogists and family historians, and a great community to interact with. This wouldn’t be happening without all your hard work over the last nine years!” —PolyGeo, Moderator

“The Pets community is not at all Koi to oh-fish-ially leave the Betta label behind.”

Pets

“The Pets community is not at all Koi to oh-fish-ially leave the Betta label behind. Puns aside, our focus has always been on improving the life of all kinds of pets and their human companions. Over the past years, we not only shared insights into the most common behavioral problems, but we also tackled unique challenges in the care of individual pets and even prepared scientific and veterinary knowledge to be easily understandable. We appreciate the recognition for these efforts as it encourages us to continue helping people and their pets alike.” —Elmy, Moderator

Reverse Engineering  

“Since the proposal in 2013, our site has steadily garnered interest and an influx of new community members… As with so many topics, when you search for reverse engineering topics, often a Q&A from our site will pop up in the search engine of your choice.” —0xC0000022L, Moderator

Space Exploration

“As someone who has followed Space Exploration from Area 51 and having been a mod since the early days, through some really rough times, it is so rewarding to see the community finally leave beta.” —Called2Voyage, Moderator

Ukrainian Language 

“We are thrilled! We’ve invested a lot of time and effort here, and this is great news! Thanks a lot for recognizing our efforts and progress. It certainly means something! And we are extremely happy to provide help in learning Ukrainian both on our main site and meta (there are posts with very useful sources).” —P. Vowk, Moderator

Vi and Vim 

“The Vi and Vim Stack Exchange site has had a very inspiring seven-year journey as the little SE that could. Starting out needing to go though the proposal phase twice due to the proposal not being understood at first. Vi & Vim went on showing throughout the beta that a community for Vi & Vim is not only viable, but can be approached in a friendly and welcoming way while keeping a high quality site.” —Dom, Moderator

Here are the other sites losing their beta labels today:

3D Printing 

Amateur Radio

Arts and Crafts 

Astronomy 

Beer, Wine, and Spirits

Bioinformatics

Craft CMS

CiviCRM 

Coffee 

Computer Graphics

Computer Science Educators

Drones and Model Aircraft

Earth Science

Ebooks 

Economics

Engineering 

EOS.IO

Esperanto Language 

Expatriates 

Freelancing

Hinduism

History of Science and Mathematics 

Iota

Internet of Things 

Italian Language

Joomla 

Korean Language 

Language Learning 

Latin Language

Lifehacks

Literature

Mathematics Educators

Matter Modeling

Monero 

Mythology and Folklore

Open Source

Operations Research

Politics 

Portuguese Language

Quantum Computing

Retrocomputing 

Robotics

Sitecore

Stellar

Sustainable Living

Tezos 

Tor

Tridion

Woodworking

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