Here are the reasons why I think we should be graduated:
- Politics stack exchange has plenty of active users, and moderation happens fairly quickly
It has been my expierence (don’t have any data to back this up) that stuff in queues normally get reviewed quite quickly, and that there are plenty of active users watching and moderating content. At least one mod seems to agree with me saying:
I think we have a very active userbase where the queue is well maintained.
And moderators normally know the site pretty well.
- the site is growing
our number of questions per month appear to be growing as does our answers per question, the only two of the Area 51 criteria that we aren’t marked as “Excellent” in.
- This site isn’t going to crash and burn
- We have plenty of meta discussion
Meta discussion is absolutely necessary for every site, and we have plenty of it. We have close to 1,000 meta questions, and (from my experience, no data to back this up) a quite fast response time to questions on meta as a site in general.
- The beta label doesn’t fit us anymore
The Stack overflow help center page on the matter defines beta as:
“Beta” means that the site is still being defined and constructed
This site is already very well defined, with most new scope questions being either fairly trivial or about fringe cases. I’m still not exactly sure what “constructed” means in this scenario.
- See this
- Graduating isn’t a lot of work, so that’s not a problem here
Ever since design independent graduation happened, graduating a site is very little work for the CMs, so that’s not a concern here.