Code Review has been in beta for 1041 days, so nearly 3 years (Area 51).
I was wondering: why is it still in beta and will it ever graduate?
Update: Just graduated... ;)
The article "When Will My Site Graduate" makes an important point - the community is a crucial part of the process - especially the senior members who have accumulated the rep necessary to have the critical privileges.
In Code Review, few users have the 10,000 points necessary to access the moderator tools; none has achieved the 20,000 trusted user threshold. Compare that to IT security, where there are six people above 10,000. Role-playing games has 10, on even fewer questions.
One fundamental problem with Code Review as a community is that there is not enough voting. Voting is what powers a site.
If you want to see the site graduate, do more voting. Vote for good questions, even if they don't help you, personally. Vote for good answers.
Voting will help encourage more good questions and more good answers. It will help us retain users. Recognition of good work is something that just about everyone can understand and appreciate.
I was about to ask "How long will CR be on beta" when I saw this question in the "Similar Questions" list.
I love this site, it's a great (no, AWESOME) idea, regardless of how suitable it is for QA format (I find it actually is quite a good fit, because the "Q" is the reQuest, and one or more reviews come from reviewers, makes total sense - OP should accept the review that addresses the most points, in the best posted way).
As much as I love it, I seldom come by. To this date I visited SO 343 days, 130 consecutive (yeah, fanatic!) in 1 year & 7 months out of which maybe 7 months were on-and-off; I've been a member of CR for 5 months, and visited only 51 days (shame on me!). I'll come to CR when I have code ready to be reviewed, not just for the heck of reading other people's posts - and that is the issue.
I think people who love CR should be just as excited about it as they are about SO (well, I know I should).
On SO I browse the questions list, pick one, read it and, if it's well asked I'll upvote it; if there are typos or if the wording is bad I'll edit the post. If there are answers I'll read them and upvote any that provides useful information to the question, or if I learned something. And I'll downvote something that's just wrong, I'll comment on poorly written posts, ask for clarifications, etc.
We should be doing the same on CR. All the time. All of us. What will make CR bloom is our participation. We (the community) are CR. If we all take it for granted and let it rot, it will just die. And that would be a great loss.
From this day on I will make sure I visit as often as possible, read as many posts as I can and vote as often as possible. If we all do that the site will eventually come out of beta.
And let's make CR t-shirts! (seriously!)