Since we learned that Matter Modeling is graduating and Quantum Computing is graduating and Freelancing is graduating and Retrocomputing is graduating and Economics is graduating, I'm curious if Medical Sciences will be too?
It's no surprise to me that this Stack Exchange website was not chosen to graduated from beta, even though the requirements to do so are very low. This website has been falling into dereliction over the past several years.
Some ideas on why this website is failing:
Carey Gregory's answer is blaming COVID for causing the loss of a number of high-rep users in his answer, but the retention of experts has always been an issue, and I'd argue that COVID should instead have helped revive this website due to the high interest of the public in the many COVID-related medical questions.
Even the two moderators themselves barely write any questions or answers on this website: over the past 2 years, the first one has posted ~20 answers and 0 questions, and the second one hasn't posted any answers or questions. The third moderator, who resigned a few weeks ago, hadn't posted any answers or questions for the past 5 years.
No, it's not. The moderators were informed of this earlier today by the Community Moderation team. The requirements for graduating from beta are 1) the site must have existed six months or more, 2) it must have at least 1000 open questions, and 3) at least 70% of the open questions must have at least one upvoted answer.
A site has to meet all 3 criteria but we failed on #3.
This site has always suffered from two major problems. The first is too many poor questions. We close a large number of questions every week, almost all of them due to lack of prior research or asking for personal medical advice. The second problem is too few people qualified to provide good answers. There are hundreds of good questions here with no answers, and that's why the site remains in beta. It's worth noting that we lost a number of high-rep users in 2020 because they were medical professionals and 2020 wasn't a good year for medical pros having a lot of free time on their hands.