We all love Biology 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: 11 (Excellent: 11, Satisfactory: 2, Needs Improvement: 0)

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

Net Score: 5 (Excellent: 5, Satisfactory: 8, Needs Improvement: 0)

Net Score: 2 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 10, Needs Improvement: 0)

Net Score: 1 (Excellent: 4, Satisfactory: 5, Needs Improvement: 3)

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

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

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

Net Score: -3 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 4, Needs Improvement: 5)

Net Score: -4 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 4, Needs Improvement: 6)


As I have already mentioned in another meta post, our site has lots of unanswered questions whose answers are in the comments.

To solve the issue, we could either set up a formal clean up event or start posting such questions on chat and politely asking the people who have written answers in comments to write a proper answer. If after some time frame, a person doesn't answer the question, someone else could write an answer.

I want to emphasize that we should start bringing such questions to notice.

Please let me know your views in the comments !

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    $\begingroup$ Just take the answer from the comment and post it as your own answer. You can say that you took it from a comment, just expand on it a little. This is correct behavior on the stack exchange sites as I told you in your meta Q on the subject. $\endgroup$
    – terdon
    Apr 14, 2014 at 17:05
  • $\begingroup$ @terdon yeah..I agree. I have started doing it for my own questions and will soon hit other unanswered questions. Time to get militant :) $\endgroup$
    – biogirl
    Apr 14, 2014 at 17:16

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