We all love Pets 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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    More than half of the supplied questions and answers had poor grammar. For the sake of the self-evaluation, I corrected none of them.
    – JoshDM
    Commented Oct 22, 2014 at 15:11
  • @JoshDM Please read meta.stackexchange.com/questions/214761/…
    – J. Musser
    Commented Nov 1, 2014 at 18:29

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Final Results

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

Net Score: 6 (Excellent: 8, Satisfactory: 3, Needs Improvement: 2)

Net Score: 3 (Excellent: 3, Satisfactory: 9, Needs Improvement: 0)

Net Score: 3 (Excellent: 3, Satisfactory: 8, Needs Improvement: 0)

Net Score: 2 (Excellent: 3, Satisfactory: 6, Needs Improvement: 1)

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

Net Score: -2 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 9, Needs Improvement: 3)

Net Score: -3 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 6, Needs Improvement: 4)

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

Net Score: -5 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 4, Needs Improvement: 6)

  • The scores seem significantly lower than the previous evaluations.
    – Spidercat
    Commented Oct 27, 2014 at 14:55
  • @MattS. - They do, I don't know if that's luck of the draw or if there has been a degradation in quality. That's the hard thing to determine in this process.
    – Joanne C
    Commented Oct 28, 2014 at 19:06
  • Given that each question only has about a dozen votes, it is very hard to draw a statistical conclusion as to whether this is truly a lower result. Perhaps we need more encouragement to get people reviewing next time.
    – Judith
    Commented Oct 31, 2014 at 17:49

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