Management has been reviewing all of the sites that are currently in Beta to determine which sites are ready to lose that label and join other graduated sites on the Stack Exchange Network. Based on the longevity of our site, the number of open questions, and the number of open questions that have at least one upvoted answer, Open Source is ready to leave Beta. This will happen on 16 December 2021.

What this will mean is that the Beta label will be removed from our site. At some point in 2022 (or even 2023), we will also have a graduation election; all existing moderators will be retired, and elections will be held de novo (though there is no bar on your current moderation team standing, should we so choose).

The usual site re-skinning will not accompany our graduation. At some point down the road it is hoped that we'll get a light re-design to move us a little away from the beta skin, but it won't happen on the 16th.

Apparently, we can refuse this crown, if we so desire. If you'd like to argue for us remaining in beta, I'd ask you to open a new meta question.

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    Great news! I'm not the most active user here, but this is one of my favorite SE sites. Moving out of beta is a testament to the health of the community built here.
    – Mureinik
    Dec 12, 2021 at 9:01
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    FWIW, here's the official announcement on MSE: meta.stackexchange.com/q/374096/223467
    – Mureinik
    Dec 16, 2021 at 15:26

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How about we now finally change the name so that Free Software doesn't feel excluded?

Previous discussions:

I still think "Free & Open" would be the best name!

Sadly my question never received an answer from staff: What are the criteria for which a name will be considered acceptable?

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    Speaking personally, I too would still like to get Free into the name. I thought FLOSS was snappier than Free and Open, but the latter's definitely an improvement on the status quo. Do you fancy floating a new question about a name change?
    – MadHatter Mod
    Dec 16, 2021 at 7:56
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    @MadHatter I would be, if I knew that the staff were actually open to it. They shut down our attempts 6 years ago with no good explanation. Now a lot of the staff have changed, so maybe they're open to it now? Dec 17, 2021 at 6:10

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