Sort of a revival of this post.

UPDATE on 24th Nov 2014

6,676   questions
8,489   answers
86%     answered
1.5     Q/A ratio
7,333   users
9,071   visitors/day
12.2    questions/day
425     avid users
7,333   total users

So it seems we have improved. But there still are many unanswered questions. I think this is the right time to do this exercise again. Improve the site before the vacations :)

Many questions are answerable. Close or flag questions in which the OP has not responded to comments asking for clarification. For really unanswerable questions see this post.

For really niche questions I would request the OP to post the answer themselves if they have found one.

We have to beat the chemistry guys ;)

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for tallying this up. You guys are on the right track! $\endgroup$
    – hairboat
    Nov 25 '14 at 0:21
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    $\begingroup$ Close to 30 closures today. Good going. $\endgroup$
    Dec 3 '14 at 17:32
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    $\begingroup$ We got down from 810 unanswered questions this morning to 783 at the moment. $\endgroup$
    – Chris Mod
    Dec 3 '14 at 19:14
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    $\begingroup$ Chemistry guy here, randomly browsing SE:Biology. I got a chuckle at that last statement. $\endgroup$
    – John Snow
    Dec 3 '14 at 20:34
  • $\begingroup$ @JohnSnow Whats your point? $\endgroup$
    – Chris Mod
    Dec 3 '14 at 21:17
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    $\begingroup$ @Chris Is it a good idea to remind OPs to accept answers? $\endgroup$
    Dec 4 '14 at 8:19
  • $\begingroup$ @WYSIWYG We could do that (and I sometimes do it), it's a nice gesture towards the person who writes an answer. The problem is that many people who ask questions are not regulary on the site... $\endgroup$
    – Chris Mod
    Dec 4 '14 at 8:42
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    $\begingroup$ We`re up to 88%. $\endgroup$
    – Chris Mod
    Dec 4 '14 at 15:09
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    $\begingroup$ I want to add that we upvote answers for the questions with answers but with zero votes if they have shown some effort and are useful. There are many like that (~70). Search last pages of unanswered questions. $\endgroup$
    Dec 5 '14 at 18:04
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    $\begingroup$ Now gone up to 89%. $\endgroup$
    – Chris Mod
    Dec 5 '14 at 21:47
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    $\begingroup$ We are 90% now :) $\endgroup$
    Dec 9 '14 at 6:15

Update as on 12/12/2014:

6,826   questions
8,728   answers
90%     answered     **
1.4     Q/A ratio
7,518   users
430     avid users   **
8,314   visitors/day
12      questions/day

There are some fluctuating metrics such as visits/day etc but I guess overall there has been a great improvement; especially the answered percentage — a 4% up (86→90%) in 2 weeks. This is quite commendable and we have worked hard at it; congratulations to everyone. It also seems that we have 5 more avid users; this is great.

So lets get to the other side of 90 and try to get more and better questions. We would also want more avid users- so just ask your colleagues and friends to get in :)

PS: I would like if Abby Hairboat gives their opinion on this. Perhaps with a good news that we are up for evaluation :)

  • $\begingroup$ We have gone to 91% :) $\endgroup$
    Dec 15 '14 at 13:36

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