When is this site going to be taken out of the Beta stage?
From what I can tell it has been established for several years.
SE set the standards for moving sites out of beta -- which are a combination of question volumes, quality and community activity. About 18 months ago they moved a number of sites out of beta status as they had been active for about 7 years, but we just missed out. See Missed it by that much(
It's important to realise that moving out of beta would have some implications for us that we might not be happy with -- in particular the reputation thresholds for carrying out some actions would go up significantly, to the extent that many of our users might no longer be able to participate in moderation activities. We have problems mustering 5 close votes (we have asked for the threshold to be lower to 3 but it's stuck in the backlog of Community Manager workload). If the reputation threshold for casting close votes went up from 500 (the level on a beta site) to 3000 (the level on a graduated site) we would struggle even more.
Benefits if we graduated? Yes, we'd lose the beta label. Site designs don't happen these days... but you would get to elect your moderators. Other than that I can't think of any benefits.
We might feel 'safer' from being closed down but Good news about our outlook -- we can stop worrying about graduation explains why that isn't a real issue as long as we keep the place clean and tidy and useful.
We could always do with more good quality questions, and honestly, we're not getting enough of those at present, so that's something we should strive to improve. For the rest, IMO, stop worrying about it.
I do not disagree with anything said in @ColeValleyGirl's answer but I weigh the pros and cons they present differently.
I would like to see our Beta label removed at the earliest opportunity and have asked for that to happen in this answer to Congratulations to our 29 oldest beta sites - They're now no longer beta! which is slowly accumulating upvotes.
I am confident that when we have five "greens" (Excellent) at https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/43502/genealogy-family-history our case to leave Beta will be rock solid and, in the meantime, any "reds" (Needs Work) will weaken it greatly.