I know this might be off-topic but I have no idea where else can I ask this. I am a relatively newer member here and I've been completely mesmerized by the SE network. So out of curiosity when was Travel.SE formed:

  • Can someone give me a timeline of the Area 51 proposal
  • When did it enter and exit Private Beta
  • When did it exit Public Beta

Is there a date which people could call its birthday?

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    You could have a look at the Area 51 proposal itself. They have some dates, although they are a little vague.
    – drat
    May 28, 2014 at 7:41
  • @drat They're quite vague. :( I was looking for something like 14th July 2010... May 28, 2014 at 8:03
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    @AdityaSomani The info is there, just hover the text (see my answer)
    – Bernhard
    May 28, 2014 at 23:23

3 Answers 3


All the information is freely accessible via the Area 51 page.

There are a few birthdays to mention

  • First proposed: 17th of June 2010 (at 10:35:06)
  • Commitment start: 29th of October 2010 (at 21:54:41)
  • Private beta start: 21st of June 2011 (at 19:00:00)
  • Public beta start: 28th of June 2011 (at 19:41:52)
  • Launched: this date is not stored on Area 51 as far as I can see.

Hint: Hover the "N days/years ago" for exact date-time info.

  • Whooo!! :D I did not know you could just hover over it! Super Cool! :D May 29, 2014 at 1:30
  • I am curious to learn why this answer was downvoted? Does it not answer the three bulletes in the question?
    – Bernhard
    Jun 1, 2014 at 8:52
  • Launch was Jan 22, 2013 (See other answers)
    – Mark Mayo
    Jun 2, 2014 at 3:19
  • @MarkMayo True, but that is not really the question.
    – Bernhard
    Jun 2, 2014 at 4:21
  • @Bernhard I wasn't correcting you, I was just offering the launch date that you didn't have above - 'this date is not stored on Area 51'.
    – Mark Mayo
    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:56
  • (and I upvoted, btw)
    – Mark Mayo
    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:57
  • @MarkMayo I understand, and saw the other answer, but if I add it there, it can give the impression it can be found on Area 51, which it can't, as far as I can see :)
    – Bernhard
    Jun 2, 2014 at 12:10

The official launch was on

January 22, 2013

Source: New Design Launched


Travel.SE's birthdate is:

June 21st, 2011

How did I know that? I checked the date of the first question in the site, and the first registered user in the site as well. Both show the same date. Anyway this is the private beta birthday, if you want the public beta birthdate then add one week to that (June 28th, 2011).

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    Upsettingly, he didn't ask or answer any questions :(
    – Mark Mayo
    Jun 2, 2014 at 3:20

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