How much time do we have before it launches to the public?

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We've extended the private betas to last about three weeks total. In actuality, if you call the initial launch "week one", the evaluations and discussion happen near the end of week three. We extended the private beta another week because the logistics of launching a private beta and getting everyone together to wrap everything up in two weeks made the deliberations all but impossible.

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    Interesting. When did the extension happen, and was it related to what happened with Computer Graphics/Open Science? I'm glad that the period's longer; I'm just a bit curious as to the reason for the change.
    – HDE 226868
    Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 20:59
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    @HDE226868 This is the first private beta under the change. It wasn't related to anything in particular. It was just a way to give us more time to work through the process. Commented Sep 14, 2015 at 13:26

Usually one week, but if we don't have the site's scope down by then, I would be tempted to request another week in private beta. We don't want to let the whole world in if we don't know what's on-topic and what isn't.

  • Is it a matter of site's scope or post quantity? Commented Sep 14, 2015 at 1:07
  • @FranckDernoncourt When I made that post on SR, it was about post quality. Here, I would imagine it would be able scope. However, if we're staying in private beta for at least three weeks like Robert said, this shouldn't be as much of a problem.
    – user1
    Commented Sep 14, 2015 at 1:31

Private beta usually lasts one week, or longer if it takes longer to give the site a good set of content and users to carry the beta when it goes public.

Open Source's beta lasted two weeks, to allow us to populate the site a little bit more.

tl;dr: not long.

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