Beta application approval time?


So, @schoen , that was two weeks ago.
Has the beta program begun now?
I too submitted a few days ago, and added another domain today, but no response so far.


Yes, it started some days ago. New domains will be whitelisted from time to time.


Ok, thanks.
It’s just a waiting game then.


Hi, are there any information how many domains are whitelisted (currently about 105 domains) vs how many request are open?
So that we can think how long it maya take to get on the white list ?


I believe that’s just how many domains have had certs issued, the actual number of sent emails could be much higher.

That said, I think you’re onto a good idea. Just a simple XX/YY progress indicator would help reduce people asking for updates/acceptance timeframes.


Currently we’ve whitelisted 2935 domains, out of more than 95238 in the current beta signup list (number from 24 Oct). While admittedly that’s only 3%, it’s an interesting game to see how many of those invitations turn into certificate issuances - as you pointed out, there are so far only 203 certificates issued. We’ll be doubling that number of whitelisted domains tomorrow.

Whitelist updates take a certain amount of paperwork as part of our Webtrust obligations, so it’s batched and not an automated every hour kind of beta like we’d prefer. Of course, while anything can be automated – even the paperwork – given that GA is only a few weeks away, manual paperwork for this seems OK for now.


Those are very impressive numbers. Thank you for sharing!


Those are even the numbers after weeding out the typos, not-real sites, and unlikely-to-join-our-beta high-value properties!


I wonder what those high-value properties are … I keep hoping i’m in the next round.


We’re filtering out the Alexa Top 1000.


[quote=“jcjones, post:18, topic:1526, full:true”]
We’re filtering out the Alexa Top 1000.
[/quote] hat’s an interesting move :slight_smile:


I only counted individual domains. Not counting each host or duplicate certificate as one.
That is why i came to the small size of 100. Another point i find interesting with these numbers
is that there are so many domains but so “few” people active in this forum.


That could be down to many factors.

For myself it’s been down to a lack time, although I’ve been reading a lot in the forums, not needed to write anything recently.

That said I’ve managed to find some time yesterday to get the client working (non-beta, still waiting) on some environments.



indeed but remember there’s other chanels of communication besides the forums for letsencrypt


it look like a little more than “beta” test.
Maybe some people sign-up with test/empty want contribuite but not touch production/running site.


We, for example. I’ve submitted a bunch of test domains, as we’re developing an own frontend for ACME and would like to test that as early as possible.
Currently we’re using an own Boulder instance for development, but I’d appreciate the chance to test the production system. Implementing the protocol is one thing - the “real” environment (limits, response time etc.) is the other.


A not-real site in this context would be, for example, the >300 people who submitted, or a TLD which does not exist.

Test domains and the like are fine. You can see many of them in the Certificate Transparency list. But to quote one of the submissions, lololololollo.ololol is not a real domain, and neither is www.*


Is there a notification when your requested domain has been whitelisted?


From what I gather, you receive an e-mail, telling, you have been invited and some basic steps to get going. With 3 weeks to go in beta, I think the chance is getting slimmer to get selected though.


I applied for the beta program just after it started by completing the google doc form. I believe I was on the first 100 applications because the small tag with the hit number was on the 40’s and now it is on 2.4k :open_mouth:. A few days ago, jcjones said that they whitelisted almost 3k domains and that was going to be doubled in 1 day to 6k. Is the whitelist a first in, first served basis or there is any specific order like number of messages posted in the forum, most interesting project, or ‘friend of the king’ to get to the whitelist?