I have seen that the silver badge "Beta" is awarded based on the following criterion:

Actively participated in the private beta.

This does not clarify much and checking on the users that been awarded does not help to understand this badge.

Can this be clarified?

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The beta badge is awarded to those who actively participate in the private beta. This phase occurs directly after the Area51 committment phase. The private beta typically lasts for 7 days, and is open only to members who committed to the Area51 proposal.

The goal of the private beta is to seed the site with content for the public beta. The beta badge is awarded to those who participated during this period.

PMSE's private beta began on February 7th, 2011 and ended on February 14th, 2011. PMSE is currently now in public beta, which means it's open to anyone.

For further reading, check out What is Private Beta Status.

  • Hi jmort253, this makes perfect sense :)
    – M0N4K0
    Jun 22, 2012 at 17:23

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