We recently went into public beta and while it's a big step, we need to look at our next step in the journey of Language Learning: graduation.
While the period between public beta and graduation is a potentially long time (more than a year, sometimes up to 5!), we should take a look at how we plan to achieve the goals needed for graduation.
There is a bunch of factors required before a site can graduate:
- Questions per day (Area 51 suggests 10/day)
- Answered percentage (Area 51 suggests 90%)
- Answer ratio (Area 51 suggests 2.5)
In order for us to be on track to graduating, we should work on meeting these site factors.
How are we doing?
After the private beta started, site traffic was doing pretty well, however, nearly a week after that point, site traffic started declining:
Questions per day:
Users per day:
From these two graphs, you can see that site engagement and participation is dropping. While it naturally makes sense that participation would drop after the initial few days of Private beta, it's still not good.
What can we do?
Immediately, we can work on improving our "answered percentages":
and our Answers per question ratio:
After that, we should work on boosting our community's content, friendliness and userbase, via work like:
- Leaving helpful and positive comments on off-topic or "needs work" questions.
- Community ads for other sites
- Working together to burninate and cleanup tag usage.
We can work toward improving our Questions per day as new users sign up:
Together, and only together, we can make Language Learning into a great place.
Let's work together to make that a reality.