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# Physics Overflow is going to go public!

Finally, a long-awaited announcement. Physics Overflow’s private beta will end next week at midnight on Thursday, i.e. at 0000 hours, 4 April 2014!

This means that the public beta, which is the fifth phase in the history of Physics Overflow is going to begin. The phases so far are:

• The blog
• The offline site [Foetushood]
• The private beta [Infanthood]
• The public beta (will begin next week) [Childhood]

So Physics Overflow will reach it’s childhood at the age of one and a half months next week! Sorry, couldn’t resist from giving stupid analogies.

Seriously, these things remain to be done, with the deadline (I copy an answer of mine from Physics Overflow):

I think that the TP.SE question Public beta: Attracting users? is also relevant to us.

In my opinion, there are some plug-ins (a job for polarkernel) remaining to be installed as soon as possible, such as

These plug-ins are good to have, and the first one is almost a necessity. I wonder why Q2A does not incorporate it in it’s core.

The second one gives admins some great tools to see how well the site is faring at a glance. It could even be made public I hope.

Additionally, we also may want to decide on solutions for having a chat room. That somehow reminds me; we may also consider retaining the tpproposal blog as a (hopefully $\infty$) life-long blog for Physics Overflow. The chat room; I’m not sure if we should wait for the public beta to start or not, but I just thought of reminding everyone about it.

From the things you have listed the following need to be done by 0000 hours, [CEST]

• Sunday:
• Tuesday:
• We should invite everyone listed in the blog post.
• We should announce on the TRF thread and invite Lubos too. Dilaton will write a guest post on TRF.
• We should obviously announce on the blog.
• On the blog, user10001 (dushya) had the idea of promoting the site to various physicists in the world.
• Wednesday:
• I (and anyone else who is interested) need to finish 14 and 15 of the FAQ.
• The long users need to be corrected (I will do this).
• The main page needs to be set to Q&A.
• Thursday:
• Change permissions
• Edit robots.txt (a job for polarkernel)

1. Dilaton says:

Ha ha Dimension10, listing the time table here makes it quite binding, LOL 😀

The fist link to “Public beta: Attracting users?” gives an error 404 site not found message, but mayb this is intended as the link points to the TOP SECRET privat beta site …

• Yes, it was intended that way. Could have put the stupid index.pdf?tokenid crap too… : )
Note that the TOP SECRET is not actually moving the site to physicsoverflow.org/, but instead something that is needed to prevent some trouble for Physics Overflow…

2. Dilaton says:

Now PhysicsOverflow is live !

http://www.physicsoverflow.org/

Cheers