I'm a Community Manager with Stack Exchange. We've just completed our review of the private beta.
The bad news: this site isn't suitable to go public.
The good news: it could be.
There are two major problems that must be addressed before we'll be comfortable opening this site up to a broader audience:
Activity: only about half the folks who committed to the proposal signed up initially; more have since come on board though, so that's looking up. More concerning is the paltry number of questions asked so far: 51 open, 60 total. That's not enough to really define the initial boundaries of the topic, much less create an inviting environment for new users. Remember, we tried this once before and the site died on the vine - y'all are doing a little bit better this time around, but... Not a lot better. Stack Exchange sites work best when there's a large body of knowledge to share, so seeing this few questions so far is disconcerting.
That said, there was a long weekend for a fair number of us coinciding with this beta, so it's worth assuming folks were busy elsewhere... But now's the time to fish up those questions you've been sitting on, invite those friends or colleagues you think would benefit from a site like this, and demonstrate that this subject has legs!
Quality: It's not hard to find folks willing to pontificate on the topic of freelancing, or hang around and tell stories about their experiences. That's fun and all, but...
- Why should I trust what someone here says I should do - can you support your assertions with anything?
- Why are your stories more than idle entertainment - can they be generalized to illustrate a common pattern?
The core idea of Good Subjective Q&A is that answers must amount to more than opinions and idle chatter - if you can't write a persuasive argument and back it up with an explanation then you're adding noise, not signal. I don't want to overemphasize this - there are folks here writing fairly good answers - but it's entirely too easy to fall into a "forum" mentality that values participation over all else; after all, socializing is fun. To avoid this you must consciously work against it - not to stifle the fun, but to ensure that you're learning something while having fun.
On a final note, it's great to see you actively discussing these problems here on meta. Keep it up! We'll be here to help and support you and hopefully by next week's review this site will be ready to face the world.