On Area 51 » Culture » Chinese Language, this site have excellent stats except for "questions per day". I thought this would be fine until I saw Area 51 » Business » Startup Business, which has comparable stats with Chinese Language SE (excellent everywhere with the exception of "questions per day"). Nonetheless that site was pulled after launching for 1176 days despite having more than double avid users than those of Chinese Language SE.

I am a newcomer to Chinese Language SE but I am worrying about the future of this site now. What do you guys think?

  • By the way: another site's success/failure has no bearing on the fate of a different site. :P
    – Alenanno
    Apr 27, 2016 at 7:58

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The Area 51 statistics do not drive the fate of sites the way they once did, because the criteria for site evaluation have changed. The current criteria are stated in Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of SE sites and are quoted below.

  1. When a site starts to consistently receive 10 questions/day, we’ll consider it for graduation.
  2. If a public beta site does not produce consistently helpful content, and lacks the caretakers needed for flags and spam to get handled and our Be Nice policy to be upheld, it will be closed.

Is your site in between these two categories? You don’t have anything to worry about. Regardless of how small the site might be, you have a home here in the SE network.

Chinese Language is in between.

The closure of Answers OnStartups predates the revised guidelines stated above. I did not follow the story of its closure closely (heh), but from what I remember, the main issue was not statistics but the lack of leadership within the community (this is reflected in #2 above).


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