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We all love Astronomy 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: 1, Needs Improvement: 0)


Net Score: 6 (Excellent: 6, Satisfactory: 2, Needs Improvement: 0)


Net Score: 5 (Excellent: 6, Satisfactory: 1, Needs Improvement: 1)


Net Score: 4 (Excellent: 4, Satisfactory: 3, Needs Improvement: 0)


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


Net Score: 1 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 7, Needs Improvement: 0)


Net Score: 0 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 6, Needs Improvement: 2)


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


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


Net Score: -6 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 1, Needs Improvement: 7)


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Here are my quick thoughts on the question in reverse-rated order:

Overall, there's a lot to like about this site. But it's still in the stage where too many questions are easy and too many answers are heavily cribbed from Wikipedia. We've made it out of private beta, but the call remains:

Let's ask more meaty questions!

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My two cents: we may have a lot of improvement to be done to make our Q&A better, but lately we have had a lot more visitors and a lot more posts with a solid curiosity for diverse and interesting topics. I think the site is doing well and will continue to do better; especially if we strive to improve where we can.

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It seemed to me that questions that appeared in this evaluation where mostly very good as were their answers. I know that not all of them are, I wonder if they were chosen randomly.

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  • $\begingroup$ I found very few to be above satisfactory, though. There is definitely a lot of improvement to be done. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jan 8 '14 at 15:59
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    $\begingroup$ They are chosen randomly from recent, open questions with at least one answer. $\endgroup$ – Jon Ericson Jan 24 '14 at 16:57

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