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I just posted Will the recent flush of Beta graduations impact sites that meet criteria? on meta.stackexchange and specifilly pointed out that Space Exploration has been meeting the graduation criteria for a while (which it might not be).

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  • $\begingroup$ You should note that the recent announcement is part of the effort to do away with the concept of graduation: meta.stackexchange.com/q/303727/228367 $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Aug 2 at 16:27
  • $\begingroup$ And that the criteria for sites losing the "beta" label is still being defined. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Aug 2 at 16:28
  • $\begingroup$ The first question of the site appeared at 2013-07-16. This was yet in private beta, public beta appeared probably a little later. The current criteria is 7 years of beta running. It is not detailed if it is public or private beta. This criteria will be fullfilled at $\approx$ a year later, at 2020-07-16, or a little bit even later. It is not clear, when and which real features of the graduation (unique design, community migration pathes, etc) will ever appear. $\endgroup$ – peterh says reinstate Monica Aug 3 at 19:27
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    $\begingroup$ Btw, considering that also the WindowsPhone SE was graduated, but the Space SE was not, I think it was probably not a well thought decision, although I agree its intent and direction. Note, in this remaining year, also this newly born seven-year rule might change a little bit. What if the CMs decide that it was not a so good idea? $\endgroup$ – peterh says reinstate Monica Aug 3 at 19:28
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    $\begingroup$ @peterh from the posts I have seen on meta.se the 7 year rule, was a one time thing. I have not seen anything suggesting it it be applied as newer sites become 7 years old. $\endgroup$ – James Jenkins Aug 5 at 12:35
  • $\begingroup$ @JamesJenkins Uhm. Wonderful. So, some sites were renamed to "graduated", not the biggest, not the bests. Beside the "graduation", they did to the sites nothing. But, even this is a huge step: "very little" is still infinite times more than "absolute nothing". $\endgroup$ – peterh says reinstate Monica Aug 5 at 12:41
  • $\begingroup$ @peterh Again, they are doing away with the concept of graduation. And James is right that 7 years is not a permanent criteria. They are still working on the criteria. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Aug 5 at 13:55
  • $\begingroup$ @called2voyage Thanks. Well, then don't expect anything. In the foreseeable future, nothing will change on the SE. Nothing. $\endgroup$ – peterh says reinstate Monica Aug 5 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ @peterh I highly doubt that. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Aug 5 at 14:17
  • $\begingroup$ @called2voyage Which was the last time of that anything has really happened, in your remembers? $\endgroup$ – peterh says reinstate Monica Aug 5 at 14:19
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    $\begingroup$ @peterh I mean, just last year Quantum Computing left beta and now has a site design. It's not like things haven't been happening. You have to remember how colossal the network is. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Aug 5 at 14:24
  • $\begingroup$ @called2voyage Not true - QC is still a beta site (in the sense of privilege levels, comunity migration pathes). It only has a design and a removed "beta" label, because someone pays for it. $\endgroup$ – peterh says reinstate Monica Aug 5 at 15:35
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    $\begingroup$ @peterh the definition of graduation and all the changes we used to anticipate with it are in transition. It is probably not worth dwelling on what things used to change as opposed to today, and tomorrow... $\endgroup$ – James Jenkins Aug 5 at 15:41
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    $\begingroup$ @peterh You're focusing on what hasn't changed, but lots of things have. Not just cosmetically. There have even been elections on sites that don't have site design. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Aug 5 at 15:55
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    $\begingroup$ @peterh I've heard your complaints about the system before, but I don't understand how complaining about the absence of change on a post related to actual change is helpful. And if you really believe nothing is going to change, I don't see what help complaining does at all. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Aug 5 at 16:58

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