We all love The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what will their first impression be? Let's try to look at this site through the eyes of someone who's never seen it before, and see how we stack up against the rest of the 'Net.

The Site Self-Evaluation review queue is open and populated with 10 questions that were asked and answered in the last quarter. Run a few Google searches to see how easy they are to find and compare the answers we have with the information available on other sites.

Rating the questions is only a part of the puzzle, though. Do you see a pattern of questions that should have been closed but are not? Questions or answers that could use an edit? Anything that's going really well? Post an answer below to share your thoughts and discuss these questions and the site's health with your fellow users!

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Final Results

Net Score: 7 (Excellent: 7, Satisfactory: 4, Needs Improvement: 0)

Net Score: 3 (Excellent: 3, Satisfactory: 5, Needs Improvement: 0)

Net Score: 3 (Excellent: 3, Satisfactory: 5, Needs Improvement: 0)

Net Score: 2 (Excellent: 3, Satisfactory: 4, Needs Improvement: 1)

Net Score: 2 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 7, Needs Improvement: 0)

Net Score: 0 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 8, Needs Improvement: 1)

Net Score: -1 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 3, Needs Improvement: 3)

Net Score: -1 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 6, Needs Improvement: 2)

Net Score: -3 (Excellent: 0, Satisfactory: 5, Needs Improvement: 3)

Net Score: -4 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 5, Needs Improvement: 5)


This seems to be a very broad range of scores. I'm not sure what that implies. Overall, the total seems positive, but the fact that we have 4 out of 10 that need improvement is a concern to me.

Does this mean we aren't closing off off-topic or rubbish questions where we should be? Or that we are attracting poor quality questions? Or just that this sample of 10 is not really representative?

  • Hi rory, bit late I'm afraid. I do feel there is an issue with people unwilling to downote and close bad questions. I've seen quite a few bad question with lots of positive votes. Up voting questions is to be encouraged but only good questions.
    – user2766
    Feb 28, 2014 at 13:37
  • I agree - I sometimes feel I am a bit harsh when I vote to close on questions, as I seem to want to do it more than most :-)
    – Rory Alsop Mod
    Feb 28, 2014 at 14:09
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    We need to be wary to not turn into another wiki answers. The whole point of SE sites is to weed out the good from the bad. Downvoting and closing is a very important part of this process.
    – user2766
    Feb 28, 2014 at 14:20
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    Oh, I agree 100% - what I meant is that on most sites I am on, I have to consciously not close as many as I sometimes think I should. I am mod on a few sites, so I need to take special care.
    – Rory Alsop Mod
    Feb 28, 2014 at 15:20

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