We all love The Workplace 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 lot of trouble finding most of these through google (private browsing mode) without using absurdly specific search terms (virtually copy-pasting the question title). Several of the questions were very specific to the asker (rather than generalized advice) which made them poor resources even if they were stumbled across.

Maybe others will disagree, but this review was an eye-opener to me on the importance of making sure that the questions are good and general, and that answers focus on the more general problem rather than the specific person asking. If I were coming in from Google on several of these, I would assume it was a forum of some sort, rather than a resource to get straight answers.

Once the review is finished, I'll post my detailed results.

  • +1: 100% agree. I don't understand why others felt that most questions were either 'Satisfactory' or better. I'm not convinced that they read the directions.
    – Jim G.
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 22:51
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    I seem to recall the last review was considerably better than this one. I am not sure if it is because the quality of questions went down since last review or if its just a bad luck of the draw. The cynic in me thinks it is the former but then Occams kicks in. So its hard to say based off one review. Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 21:25
  • @Chad: The batch of questions that we were asked to evaluate was indeed poor.
    – Jim G.
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 3:29

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