Current Status of ELL
So far as I can tell, as a beta site, ELL's statistics are superlative:
- 29.4 questions per day: E̲x̲c̲e̲l̲l̲e̲n̲t̲ (vs. 15 for average)
- 97% answered: E̲x̲c̲e̲l̲l̲e̲n̲t̲ (vs. 90% for healthy)
- 577 avid & 9,750 total users: E̲x̲c̲e̲l̲l̲e̲n̲t̲ (all statistics strongly above threshold)
- 1.8 answer ratio: O̲k̲a̲y̲ (vs. 2.5 for good)
- 20,520 visits/day: E̲x̲c̲e̲l̲l̲e̲n̲t̲ (vs. 1,500 for good)
That is, all the published metrics which beta sites are measured against are top-flight, excepting "answer ratio".
A similar question about ELL's beta status was asked a year ago, and @J.R. responded with exactly this concern:
I'd like to see more questions that get more than one answer. Oftentimes, one answer seems to tell the whole story, and nobody else weighs in.
But in my opinion, that is the very nature of this site, and it's unlikely to change. This is a site for beginners, the questions will necessarily have obvious (if not necessarily simple) answers.
Thus, after the first answer gives the (almost always extant) definitive response, there likely will not be enough nuances to elaborate on to make it worth the while of other avid users to post a response; in other words, given basic questions, multiple answers would necessarily have enough overlap to discourage any answer after the first.
And, critically, given the charter of this site, that's unlikely to ever change.
The only other reason given in the cited question is
I think the SE folks are probably not in a hurry to graduate any site; they don't want graduate a site that begins with an initial burst of excitement but eventually fizzles out. Better to graduate a healthy site late than to graduate an unviable site too early.
Which the administrator @Anna Lear responded to with:
Your last paragraph [referring to the one I just quoted] especially is spot on. I just want to add that we do regularly monitor every beta site. We review the periodic site evaluations that are conducted via /review and monitor other stats like traffic patterns, user engagement, and overall main & meta participation.
Which seems, in sum, to counsel patience.
But ELL has been in beta for 638 days, which puts it in the top 10% of oldest beta sites (58 / 507), and from some quick math, far exceeds the other beta sites in that decile, along the metrics sites are specifically measured against:
Not only is ELL far and away better than its peers along every metric, these measures have been improving steadily since inception, and so if sites are reviewed every 90 days, these impressive figures should have been reviewed seven times.
So what's holding us up?
- Is English Language Learners up for imminent graduation?
- If not, is the Q:A ratio really holding up the graduation of ELL?
- If not, what is holding up the graduation?
- What can we, the community, proactively do to expedite the graduation of ELL to a full site?
Since waiting patiently hasn't yet borne fruit, I'm looking for an active strategy to push ELL through to graduation soon².
¹ Chart data pulled from the list of oldest beta sites; red is ELL, blue is the average of all the other sites which have had a similar amount of time to establish themselves. The y-axis has been normalized by the published "excellent" threshold for each metric, but only the ratio of red:blue is relevant for this discussion.
² Obligatory disclaimer: one reason for my fervor is I'm an active user on EL&U, and I can't migrate questions from English learners there to this site until it comes out of beta.