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Recently, I was asked about whether or not Bitcoin was ready to graduate, after looking at the site statistics it looks like it's ready, but there are some things holding the site back which I'd like to address.

When we review the health of a site, in terms of graduation, one of the first things we check is questions per day. Over the past six months, Bitcoin has been at or above the 10 question per day average we want to see.

Questions Per Day

That means the site is generating the number of questions we want for a healthy site, but looking closer it doesn't appear that it could support graduating.

A few things happen when a site graduates, the privilege levels increase and a moderator election takes place. At this time, I'm not sure Bitcoin could support either of these.

Raising the privilege levels means users will need more reputation in order to do things like access review queues, edit posts immediately, and cast close and reopen votes. The community currently has about 57 users with 2k+ reputation, of these users, only about half of them have been active on the site over the past 30 days. Not having enough users to help with keeping the site clean of the cruft means that it falls squarely on the shoulders of the few who remain and are active, which could be a large burden to bear.

In the past, we've learned that sites without a bigger middle class users suffer and cannot support elections. We don't want to prematurely graduate Bitcoin only to have it not be able to succeed.

As a result, we are delaying the graduation of Bitcoin until there are more potential moderator candidates and voters. We will review the site statistics every few so often to see if it can support graduation. In the meantime, there are a few things that you, the active user base, can do to help move this along:

  1. Encourage users to participate. Whether that means you invite knowledgeable people to join the site and contribute. As I mentioned, Bitcoin is getting a lot of questions per day, and those questions are getting answered. This site needs users who are invested and want to continue to contribute. If you see a good question that needs an answer, and you know someone who can answer it, encourage them to sign up or ask them to answer.

  2. Vote. Voting is important because it helps users earn privileges, but please continue to vote on the basis of content. This is just a reminder that useful posts should be upvoted.

What else can we do to get this site ready to graduate?

  • I have no idea about what bitcoin is, but I saw the area51 proposal, and it is mostly either Excellent or Good in the stats there. I think it's already ready. – Pritt Balagopal Jun 27 '17 at 15:27
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I have one idea: There are a bunch of tags for companies or projects which have a bunch of unanswered questions.

I'll be trying to reach out in the next few days to see whether any of those companies' support teams or project contributors would like to subscribe to these tags and start answering them.

  • Looking at "trezor" questions, seems that there are none. Either we have too little customers, or we make good products. :D Cannot decide which is more likely. humblebrag – Karel Bílek Jul 1 '17 at 14:02
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    @KarelBílek: Yeah, seems like most are answered. You can feel free to adopt another tag though. ;) – Murch Jul 1 '17 at 14:15
  • Oh, I searched by mistake on meta, not on the main site! That makes sense now – Karel Bílek Jul 1 '17 at 14:20
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One of the issues the site faces is the lack of reviewers, demonstrated by the clogged First Posts queue, where posts only need a decision by 1 reviewer with 350+ reputation points.

Some sites tried promoting the participation in review by means of community ads... unfortunately those are not available for beta sites. But mentioning the review queues in some of the featured posts on meta (which appear here regularly) might help.

  • Thanks, mentioning it in featured meta posts was surprisingly effective. :) – Murch Jul 12 '17 at 17:20

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