Thanks to everyone involved in the definition and commitment phases for Programming Language Design and Implementation on Area 51, the community has made it into the private beta phase — congratulations! Now that Programming Language Design and Implementation is in private beta, there is still work to do to reach the finish line. So what can you do to help this site progress from private to public beta?
Read through the help center: All of our sites have a comprehensive help center with articles explaining how most of our system works. It’s always a good idea to go through some of the articles there — especially if you're new to the Stack Exchange network.
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Discuss what your site is about on Meta: The Real Essential Questions of Every Beta is a community-curated post that lists a few of the most important things new communities should be discussing in Meta. You should be making use of your Meta site to discuss things like:
- Are questions about [subject] on- or off-topic?
- What should our documentation contain?
- How should we tag questions about [subject]?
- What's the site's “elevator pitch”?
- How do we promote our site?
Edit, close, or delete content: Sometimes questions or answers need a little tweak, either because they have typos or because they don't quite fit the site's scope without some edits; you should help out by editing those posts. Sometimes questions are beyond being salvageable, though, and you should instead be closing or deleting them.
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The site will stay in the private beta phase for up to 5 weeks, at which point the Stack Exchange Community Team will evaluate its progress. If the site establishes a self-sustaining community and a healthy volume of high-quality questions and answers within that period, it’ll move into the public beta phase; if it doesn’t, then it will be closed.
I hope that with the guidance above y'all have all the information you need to help your site succeed.
If you have any questions, thoughts, or feedback, please leave 'em in an answer below!