The data from the previous private beta is available for download from Area 51. It's in XML format and I'm not sure the best way to view it, but even in text form it is readable.
Is this something that it would be useful for us to look through (main and meta) for ideas? I have two conflicting feelings:
- There are a large number of questions and answers with voting information, which could provide us with useful information while building this new private beta.
- The previous private beta failed, so maybe replaying our mistakes from last time is not a good idea.
From looking at the Area 51 stats, I get the impression that the main problem last time was too few questions on main, and I suspect there was also too little activity on meta. My guess is that there isn't anything inherently bad about the questions from last time, and they aren't the reason the private beta failed.
My instinctive response is "voting will decide" but maybe there are other things to take into account before posting them?
I'd like to see other perspectives on this to help us decide whether / how much to use the data from last time.