I get the feeling that uncertainty is killing this Stack. Since the 'Do we need a history site?' question I feel like we are in limbo. The public beta was scheduled to start at around the same time, but hasn't. Is this normal?
Given the tiny user base in the private beta, it makes sense that the number of questions is lessening. Add to that the expectation that the site will close and I can see the rate of engagement approaching zero.
I think a public beta is the only way to test if the site can survive the denizens of the Internet at large and hopefully give it a chance to attract some real academics.
Am I overreacting? What is the plan?