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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I had a doubt regarding this. During self evaluation I noticed that some of the posts could be improved (In fact I answered a couple of them in this process). Is it right to do so as it may cause discordance in evaluation (between pre- and post- edit evaluations) ?

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    $\begingroup$ I also thought that the selection of posts was unfortunate. $\endgroup$ Oct 10, 2014 at 8:49
  • $\begingroup$ @fileunderwater Definitely, it was an exceedingly poor sampling. $\endgroup$
    – Amory
    Oct 10, 2014 at 16:41
  • $\begingroup$ I don't see any problems here, any more than editing/answering normally. $\endgroup$
    – J. Musser
    Oct 23, 2014 at 21:55
  • $\begingroup$ You guys definitely had a lot more participation than we did over on GL. But we got more than before, and I happened to answer 7, and ask 1, out of the ten there. :P $\endgroup$
    – J. Musser
    Oct 23, 2014 at 22:00

Final Results

Net Score: 26 (Excellent: 27, Satisfactory: 4, Needs Improvement: 1)

Net Score: 23 (Excellent: 24, Satisfactory: 6, Needs Improvement: 1)

Net Score: 17 (Excellent: 18, Satisfactory: 12, Needs Improvement: 1)

Net Score: 15 (Excellent: 17, Satisfactory: 13, Needs Improvement: 2)

Net Score: 8 (Excellent: 13, Satisfactory: 13, Needs Improvement: 5)

Net Score: 7 (Excellent: 12, Satisfactory: 17, Needs Improvement: 5)

Net Score: 4 (Excellent: 9, Satisfactory: 16, Needs Improvement: 5)

Net Score: 2 (Excellent: 10, Satisfactory: 14, Needs Improvement: 8)

Net Score: -1 (Excellent: 7, Satisfactory: 16, Needs Improvement: 8)

Net Score: -12 (Excellent: 3, Satisfactory: 9, Needs Improvement: 15)


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