90 days in beta is the first serious milestone for a new Stack Exchange site, as mentioned in the Area51 proposal page. Currently our stats are:
Questions per day: 3.5
Needs Work – 15 questions per day on average is a healthy beta, 5 questions or fewer per day needs some work. A healthy site generates lots of good content to make sure users keep coming back.
Answered: 100% (wow!)
Excellent – 90% answered is a healthy beta, 80% answered needs some work. In the beta it's especially important that when new visitors ask questions they usually get a good answer.
Avid users: 160, total users: 1626
Excellent – Every site needs a solid group of core users to assist in moderating the site.
Answer ratio: 3.7
Excellent – 2.5 answers per question is good, only 1 answer per question needs some work. In a healthy site, questions receive multiple answers and the best answer is voted to the top.
Okay – 1,500 visits per day is good, 500 visits per day needs some work. A great site benefits people outside the community. Eventually, 90% of a site's traffic should come from search engines.
All our stats are better than the last time I took a snapshot, except our questions per day that has dropped significantly from 5.8 to 3.5. That's a bit worrying, but not really alarming (imho), as (again imho) the quality of our questions and answers has been rising constantly. And, quality > quantity.
There are four areas that I think we should concentrate a bit, in order to help the site grow even further:
Our all time editors page is a bit sad to look at, we only have 22 editors in total. I think most of our posts are from native English speakers and that leaves little opportunity for edits, still we can do better. Regulars keep in mind to encourage edits any chance you get, if, for example, you accept a great edit suggestion from a newer user, post a comment thanking them for the edit, and who knows we might get another compulsive editor.
Our all time voters page looks a lot better than the editors one, still we only have 4 members with over 400 votes (that's just 10 days of voting, people!). gnat has already addressed the issue in an earlier Meta question, but I'd like to re-iterate that voting does a lot more than separating good content from bad one, it also spreads reputation and gradually gives our more active members access to more and more privileges & tools, enlarging the core group of moderators (we are all moderators, not just our three diamonds). Proper voting also encourages and engages users, reinforcing the constructive answers/questions we want to see more of.
Again, this has been brought up recently, by Rarity, in two Meta questions. Our chat room feels a bit deserted, and it won't get any action unless you (yes, you) say something interesting in it. Don't wait for someone else to speak up, even if you're alone in there, just say anything, sometimes it just takes a simple "hello everyone" for a conversation to start! If you have anything to ask, about a question or an answer, about the site in general, the site's moderation, privileges and tools, visit chat first. It doesn't matter if no one's around, say what you have to say, and someone will certainly get back at you.
I've been scouting the web for mentions of the site, and I can't say I found anything. That's expected given the site's age, but looking at our Publicists and Boosters (hint: the same two users), I feel we aren't doing much to promote The Workplace. Now, don't get me wrong, that's not an invitation to spam all the things about the site, but I kinda feel we have a great site and community here and we aren't telling people about it. Doesn't really make sense now, does it?
If you check out our traffic stats at Quantcast, you'll notice that we did keep some of the visitors after the two large spikes (first two Publicist badges, the third one will appear tomorrow). Advertise our stellar questions in other communities, always being respectful to their rules & guidelines and help The Workplace grow even more!
That's about it ;) Thoughts? Cookies?