I just stumbled across a comment on Code Review by Jeff Atwood that only 2 people other than me seem to have noticed (and known the significance of the owner).
Beyond wanting to point out that fun-fact that the inventor of Stack Exchange commented here promoting the idea of code review and was hardly noticed, I think the content of his comment has significance.
Stack Overflow is certainly big enough to support related sites like this. – Jeff Atwood♦
My point? Code Review is still in beta, but perhaps that isn't the right measure for success.
It's been what? 3 years since Code Review began beta? And still no fancy upgrade. It seems to me that you determined, high-rep users who worked so hard to make this site a success must be feeling a little.. Meh.
But what you'll find is that this site was never meant to be big, and you guys have already achieved something incredible. Because as pointed out by users throughout the years, Stack Exchange isn't exactly the perfect format for this community. But it has its strengths.
This site is great because of the people here, and because of its monster of a big brother, Stack Overflow. Like Jeff says, Stack Overflow is big enough to support this community, and this format, regardless of the interface. We won't get traffic from Google, and we were never meant to. But that doesn't mean that this site isn't ready to move forward.
I think that it may be time for the people in charge here to point out that Code Review is a successful asset to Stack Exchange in its own way.
This site has reached it's full beta potential. Sure, there are always improvements to be made within the community, but why dampen this site's potential by keeping it in beta any longer?
It makes more sense to let this site to continue to grow with it's own design, and all of the advantages of graduation. The people here deserve it.
I'm new here, so I suggest this all humbly, but I think seeing the situation through new eyes is somewhat an advantage that might be worth sharing. I hope I haven't over-stepped my bounds, after contributing so little to the site.