According to Area 51 we don't have much hope of getting out of beta on two big fronts:
3.8 questions per day
Needs Work – 15 questions per day on average is a healthy beta, 5 questions or fewer per day needs some work. A healthy site generates lots of good content to make sure users keep coming back.
Okay – 1,500 visits per day is good, 500 visits per day needs some work. A great site benefits people outside the community. Eventually, 90% of a site's traffic should come from search engines.
I've only been around here for about 3 months and it seems like things are slowing down rather than speeding up - others have mentioned before that 'bad' questions are getting lots of unnecessary up-votes as well.
How can we turn things around?
Can we ever get out of beta?