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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 '15 at 21:54
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    $\begingroup$ @nicael NEEDZ MOAR BOMBZ! $\endgroup$ – voretaq7 Nov 16 '15 at 22:18
  • $\begingroup$ 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 '15 at 22:40
  • $\begingroup$ 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 '15 at 23:02
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    $\begingroup$ Or maybe the space shuttle. We all need to have dreams! $\endgroup$ – Lnafziger Nov 16 '15 at 23:59
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    $\begingroup$ Ouchh!! Need to build up more reps fast!! $\endgroup$ – vasin1987 Nov 17 '15 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 '15 at 17:27
  • $\begingroup$ @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 '15 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ Graduation, finally! $\endgroup$ – orique Nov 17 '15 at 18:30
  • $\begingroup$ Nice! We made it! $\endgroup$ – egid Nov 17 '15 at 22:12
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, we made it! $\endgroup$ – DuckLord Nov 20 '15 at 19:37
  • $\begingroup$ how do we find out when the voting takes place? $\endgroup$ – rbp Nov 20 '15 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 Nov 21 '15 at 3:32
  • $\begingroup$ Yesssss! Finally! :D $\endgroup$ – SentryRaven Nov 24 '15 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 '15 at 2:48
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    $\begingroup$ This makes me sad :( $\endgroup$ – Jon Story Nov 18 '15 at 11:03
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    $\begingroup$ Time to hunt more rep! $\endgroup$ – kevin Nov 18 '15 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 '15 at 13:14
  • $\begingroup$ I think you should have posted this as a comment rather than an answer $\endgroup$ – Federico Nov 18 '15 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 '15 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 '15 at 14:56
  • $\begingroup$ Asking a good relevant question is a way to contribute and earn reps $\endgroup$ – vasin1987 Nov 19 '15 at 7:55
  • $\begingroup$ will we be notified somehow? $\endgroup$ – rbp Nov 21 '15 at 19:25

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