Nice job, everyone! We've gone live and are now open to the public — Enjoy!
Your efforts to bring in more users have started to pay off a bit and the situation seems to be improving. I cannot promise you anything at this point (Adendum — Okay, I can promise a bit. wink). The issue we are exploring and researching now is whether smaller, very limited-audience sites can reach enough critical mass to remain viable. Keep up the good work! We are watching your progress closely.
It's crunch time and we've got a lot of work to do here.
The purpose of a private beta is to prepare the site for an opening day to the public. But this site needs a lot more participants or I fear it may never get out of private beta. We've extended the private-beta of this site, but that's only a stop-gap measure to give you more time.
I'm confident that this can become a great site. There was obviously a lot of drive to have this site created, but 60% of the supporters never showed up for the private beta. That's abysmal; the lowest turnout we have ever seen for a site launch.
Why not just launch to get more people?
These meta posts are essential to getting everyone on the same page as to why we are here.
The purpose of a private beta is both educational and proof-of-concept. This is the time we set aside to assure that this subject and this group can generate enough interest to create a strong foundation… before we open it to the public. Saying "Just launch it and they will come" has failed miserably in every case tried, so it is requisite to fill these seats before opening day. That's the entire purpose behind rallying behind the original proposal… and now for the private beta.
My fear right now is that there was more interest in having this site than using it.
A Call to Action!
The best way to get this site going is to invite fellow experts to join in on your efforts! There's even an 'Invite Fellow Experts' interface right on the front page.
Failing that, if you know any groups who might be interested in this project, this super-secret link will get them in — https://tridion.stackexchange.com/grant-beta-access?key=63880f9cbf452c62f726770209533893
Let's see if we can drum up some new-found interest in this site. It's the only viable way of making up for the no-shows and momentum we lost along the way.