Just to add up on what Thomas (+1!) accurately pointed out - PMSE is the kind of community that isn't likely to be closed anytime soon, and although it isn't likely to be out of beta anytime soon based in our metrics, it doesn't really matter a lot - and the reason is the answer for Aziz's comment question:
What is the extra advantage for the community if site graduates?
Excerpt from the guideline post Thomas shared (as I couldn't find any other list of differences from graduated sites):
- Site Design
- Moderator Elections
- Community Ads
- Reputation Levels
- Full migration target
- Being listed in the footer
- Mod Tools
So, my take out on this is that we have cosmetic / promoting changes + mod elections. We're already addressing (albeit manually) the latter, so the overall benefit for the community on graduating isn't that big (or is it?).
Besides, Robert Caitano advocates on removing the 'beta' label after x time, but as it seems it's still an open discussion.
Ah, but besides the QPD, our stats are quite good!
They are, indeed! However, as of today the minimum 10 QPD is still considered a minimum (although I believe we have had communities graduating by a bit lower than this bar). And why it's considered a minimum? Because
Questions per day
A steady influx of questions is a natural side effect of a growing,
healthy site. But when the number of new questions becomes “worrying,”
some folks might exhort to “seed” the site to push those numbers
... so, it's not about questions only - it's about the influx of visitors. We're stable in the average of 2 questions per day since a while, which implies that we are NOT increasing the influx of new visitors. I just generated the below graph in the good Ol' Excel:
So - having that said... when is PMSE graduating?
When WE, as community, promote it enough to the point of having the minimum influx of visitors (and by subproduct, the minimum amount of QPD) on a stable basis.