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It's a big day, and I know you folks have been waiting. You've been cleared for graduation by the Stack Exchange Community Team! Aviation met our threshold for graduation-worthy sites and after a review, the Community Team determined that you're good to go. Reaching 'mature community' status is a big milestone, and you should be very proud.

What does this mean exactly? Graduation works in two phases. Starting today, you'll receive the following benefits:

  • You will soon have an election for community-voted moderators - there is some backlog here as the elections for some of the first-wave sites have also had to be delayed. Elections for you and the other sites in this wave will start being scheduled in December.
  • You will no longer see the "beta" label attached to your site's name
  • You will become eligible for question migration paths with the rest of the network
  • You will soon be able to select your own community ads. We're very close to the new year and the new ad cycle, and we have some exciting changes planned for these as well. These, too, will begin in December or early January so that you may enjoy the new changes.

The site will still receive a full design from one of our designers, which will be packaged with an increase in the amount of reputation needed to access each privilege. It's no secret that our backlog for site designs is long, so instead of making you wait to receive all the parts of graduation at once, we wanted to give you the things we could give you now. We think we've hammered out most of the bugs in the process,, but there are still likely to be some left - so if you come across anything out of place, please report it on Meta Stack Exchange using the [graduating-sites] tag.

This site has reached this point because of your generous contributions. Together, you've created a valuable resource that helps people. Congratulations on all you've accomplished.

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    $\begingroup$ Now you can finally launch the design prepared by this day. $\endgroup$
    – nicael
    Nov 16, 2015 at 21:54
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    $\begingroup$ @nicael NEEDZ MOAR BOMBZ! $\endgroup$
    – voretaq7
    Nov 16, 2015 at 22:18
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    $\begingroup$ Is this when I bring up that we definitely should be using N9-M silhouettes for the up and down vote arrows? (A B-2 would work in a pinch, very similar ;) ) $\endgroup$
    – Jay Carr
    Nov 16, 2015 at 22:40
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    $\begingroup$ Surely C150 or C172 planform up-and-down arrows would be more appropriate? Every pilot starts somewhere, and they look very stereotypically "Plane-y"! $\endgroup$
    – Landak
    Nov 16, 2015 at 23:02
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    $\begingroup$ Or maybe the space shuttle. We all need to have dreams! $\endgroup$
    – Lnafziger
    Nov 16, 2015 at 23:59
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    $\begingroup$ Ouchh!! Need to build up more reps fast!! $\endgroup$
    – vasin1987
    Nov 17, 2015 at 14:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Landak Sure, but they aren't really shaped like arrows, where as a swept wing is. $\endgroup$
    – Jay Carr
    Nov 17, 2015 at 17:27
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    $\begingroup$ @Landak I did a but more of a study of it in an earlier post. If you have some ideas for how to make a Cessna 172 work, post them there. I do like me a good GA plane, if it can be made to look like an arrow you'd have my support :). meta.aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/323/… $\endgroup$
    – Jay Carr
    Nov 17, 2015 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ Graduation, finally! $\endgroup$
    – orique
    Nov 17, 2015 at 18:30
  • $\begingroup$ Nice! We made it! $\endgroup$
    – egid
    Nov 17, 2015 at 22:12
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, we made it! $\endgroup$
    – Josef
    Nov 20, 2015 at 19:37
  • $\begingroup$ how do we find out when the voting takes place? $\endgroup$
    – rbp
    Nov 20, 2015 at 19:41
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    $\begingroup$ @rbp Elections won't be happening for some time - either late December or early January. $\endgroup$
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Nov 21, 2015 at 3:32
  • $\begingroup$ Yesssss! Finally! :D $\endgroup$ Nov 24, 2015 at 10:57

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Does this mean we will actually lose privileges we already have? Or just that any future privileges gained (for existing or new users) will be at higher reputation milestones?

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  • $\begingroup$ rep thresholds wont go up until we get a design but yes, you will lose privileges you no longer qualify for. $\endgroup$
    – casey
    Nov 18, 2015 at 2:48
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    $\begingroup$ This makes me sad :( $\endgroup$
    – Jon Story
    Nov 18, 2015 at 11:03
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    $\begingroup$ Time to hunt more rep! $\endgroup$
    – kevin
    Nov 18, 2015 at 13:14
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    $\begingroup$ haha unfortunately I try to avoid answering unless I'm sure, and Aviation tends to be fairly black-and-white, so I find it tricky to deliberately acquire rep $\endgroup$
    – Jon Story
    Nov 18, 2015 at 13:14
  • $\begingroup$ I think you should have posted this as a comment rather than an answer $\endgroup$
    – Federico Mod
    Nov 18, 2015 at 13:35
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    $\begingroup$ @Federico But it wasn't really a question... this seemed to fit better. I wouldn't post as this way on the non-meta site, but where there's a non-questioning-question on Meta, it seems more acceptable. $\endgroup$
    – Jon Story
    Nov 18, 2015 at 13:41
  • $\begingroup$ @JonStory at your rep level you'll only lose access to editing tag wikis without review/approving tag wiki edits and moderator tools. It may be quite a while before the rep increase happens (big design backlog) though. $\endgroup$
    – casey
    Nov 18, 2015 at 14:56
  • $\begingroup$ Asking a good relevant question is a way to contribute and earn reps $\endgroup$
    – vasin1987
    Nov 19, 2015 at 7:55
  • $\begingroup$ will we be notified somehow? $\endgroup$
    – rbp
    Nov 21, 2015 at 19:25

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