With the recent closure of the site "On Startups" and seeing this site still in Beta I have to ask what is its future? Is it under threat of similar fate?
Code Review has significantly more traction than On Startups. Let's compare the stats:
| Code Review | On Startups | ========================================================= daily Qs | 20.8 | 4.9 | 15 is healthy answered Qs | 92% | 98% | 90% is healthy users | 30,417 | 18,139 | > 200 | 971 | 749 | 150 minimum > 2,000 | 42 | 58 | 10 minimum > 3,000 | 25 | 34 | 5 minimum A/Q ratio | 1.9 | 3.1 | 2.5 is healthy visits/day | 12,914 | 2,778 | 1,500 is healthy
Both sites have their issues: Code Review has few answers per question, while On Startups had almost no question at all. This lack of content after more than three years of being in Beta may have been a motivation to shut it down. CR has a lot more users and a higher question rate, and is only in its second year of Beta.
I have never visited On Startups (I never knew about that site before your question), so I don't know what kind of questions were asked there. It could be that the proposal simply wasn't a good fit for the StackExchange model. I personally don't think that code reviews are a good fit either, but this site has some degree of awareness in the programmers and stackoverflow communities with questions being moved back and forth – it would be missed by more than the Code Review community shoult the beta be unexpectedly terminated.
I am quite certain that CR will graduate soon, as there has recently been a lot of effort by the community e.g. to increase votes and to hunt zombie questions.
That's an unfortunate outcome, sorry to hear that. On the bright side, failed betas have all their data available in the Data Explorer, so you can mine it and possibly learn more about what went wrong.
As for Code Review, arguably a not-so-good fit for the StackExchange Q&A format (works pretty well regardless), we recently had an assessment of our beta status.
This assessment was our wake-up call. We went on a mission to dramatically reduce the number of
unanswered questions zombies and of questions without upvoted answers targets. This "mission" snowballed and had several indirect side-effects:
- Our main chatroom got busy, and ended up being renamed.
- A handful of new users joined us and participated eagerly; enough to redefine how "easy it is to earn rep here".
- Through chat activity, new community-inspired activities surprised everyone.
- A monster has awakened, and the beast cannot be tamed.
The only thing holding CR back from graduation, is the lack of high-rep users. This is a side-effect of abandonment issues the site had (has?); if we graduated today, 3 users (soon 4!) would be above the 10K mark, and no one above 20K. Not that the moderators are drowned in a sea of flags, but still.
There's only 1 solution: more votes!