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We all love Gardening & Landscaping 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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As research on stack exchange answers has shown the best way to get a good answer is to ask a good question.

Some of the questions whose answers I was asked to review were poor quality. The people who answered the questions did their best but it is hard to evaluate an answer when the question is of poor quality. Also, if the person asking the question does not understand the answer this is even more of a challenge.

1) What about evaluating the quality of the question based on the number of upvotes? You could limit the difficulty in evaluating by only choosing questions that have so many upvotes

2) Again I point out that asking users to evaluate their own questions is a procedure fraught with difficulty. Surely it can't be that hard to filter questions so you are only asked to evaluate answers you have not supplied?

3) in regards to "Do you see a pattern of questions that should have been closed but are not?" I would rather evaluate the questions that have been closed to see if we are missing anything.

  • 'Some of the questions whose answers I was asked to review'? Remember, you're evaluating both questions and answers. – J. Musser Oct 21 '14 at 13:50
  • I am not participating in any more site evaluations as I don't think my concerns have been addressed. – kevinsky Oct 21 '14 at 14:58
  • I am not 51% sure your concerns are legit, as I haven't seen any issues come up that can be linked to these concerns. – J. Musser Oct 21 '14 at 15:06
  • The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence... :) – kevinsky Oct 21 '14 at 15:57
  • I think, if you can't find a problem even after searching, it isn't a big enough deal top worry about. – J. Musser Oct 21 '14 at 16:00
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Final Results

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


Net Score: 2 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 1, Needs Improvement: 0)


Net Score: 2 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 1, Needs Improvement: 0)


Net Score: 2 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 1, Needs Improvement: 0)


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


Net Score: 1 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 2, Needs Improvement: 0)


Net Score: 1 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 2, Needs Improvement: 0)


Net Score: 1 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 2, Needs Improvement: 0)


Net Score: -1 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 0, Needs Improvement: 2)


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


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