We all love History 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!

  • How are the questions chosen? are the questions selected at random, or on the basis of some algorithm?
    – MCW Mod
    Apr 15, 2015 at 16:55
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    @MarkC.Wallace I've read that it is randomly chosen from the last three months.
    – Semaphore
    Apr 16, 2015 at 9:23

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Just went through and did mine (how did I miss this post for half a month?)

I ended up giving about 50/50 Excellent and Satisfactory. Most of the satisfactories were docked for some combination of low Google rank and/or lack of good alternate answers. That's a huge improvement over my previous evals. My last one had 3 "Needs Improvement"s on it, and that was my best one yet.

Perhaps we lucked out on the questions, perhaps we had a really good quarter, or perhaps I'm just giddy today.

Looking over the responses so far, I'm a bit more optimistic that most, but not out of the park. There was one user who rated nearly everything NI, but for the most part I'm not seeing a ton of those.


The set I got was also about 50/50 Excellent/Satisfactory, with one NI.

In half of the Satisfactory answers the problem was that the question was too shallow, and already more than adequately answered by a wikipedia page, so only a brief restatement was given. In the other half, the answer was ok but lacked references.


Final Results

Net Score: 19 (Excellent: 20, Satisfactory: 3, Needs Improvement: 1)

Net Score: 15 (Excellent: 16, Satisfactory: 5, Needs Improvement: 1)

Net Score: 14 (Excellent: 15, Satisfactory: 7, Needs Improvement: 1)

Net Score: 12 (Excellent: 14, Satisfactory: 5, Needs Improvement: 2)

Net Score: 6 (Excellent: 10, Satisfactory: 8, Needs Improvement: 4)

Net Score: 5 (Excellent: 8, Satisfactory: 13, Needs Improvement: 3)

Net Score: 5 (Excellent: 8, Satisfactory: 10, Needs Improvement: 3)

Net Score: 3 (Excellent: 6, Satisfactory: 15, Needs Improvement: 3)

Net Score: 0 (Excellent: 4, Satisfactory: 11, Needs Improvement: 4)

Net Score: -10 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 8, Needs Improvement: 11)

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