It's been over a month since the last graduation update and your new mods are settled in. Time for more news!
First, a quick recap. As many of you know, we on the SE team approved Code Review for graduation a long time ago, and then tripped up on delivering most of the actual features of graduation to you after telling you about it. More recently, we announced some changes to the way we think about the site lifecycle, and the response to that announcement made us start work on separating the elements of graduation into independent pieces.
Our devs have had their sledgehammers out day and night for the past few weeks breaking up the pieces of graduation. You already experienced the first bit, a moderator election, about a month ago. Now we're ready for a test run of a few more pieces:
- removal of the much-reviled "beta" label currently attached to your site's name
- opening of "full-strength" question migration paths with the rest of the network
- activation of community ads
Next Monday (August 17, 2015), Magento is going to be the first site to try out these new features (simultaneously with their first election). I'm here to offer you the chance to participate in the same trial. Are you interested?
If we do this, please remember that you'll be the first site to get these features outside of dev, so there may be more bugs than normal. Please report any that you see here on meta like you would any other bug.
Update: based on the reaction below, we are not going to start the trial of design-independent graduation for you today (or at any planned time). For the longer-term future: as usual, you should hear from us here on meta before any major changes occur.