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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 have a recommendation for future evaluations:

Site self-eval should automatically skip those questions in which the evaluator at hand answered it himself or herself. In other words, an avaluator should never have to review his/her own answer to prevent bias.


Final Results

Net Score: 5 (Excellent: 6, Satisfactory: 3, Needs Improvement: 1)

Net Score: 5 (Excellent: 5, Satisfactory: 5, Needs Improvement: 0)

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

Net Score: 3 (Excellent: 3, Satisfactory: 7, Needs Improvement: 0)

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

Net Score: 2 (Excellent: 3, Satisfactory: 5, Needs Improvement: 1)

Net Score: 0 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 8, Needs Improvement: 1)

Net Score: -2 (Excellent: 0, Satisfactory: 7, Needs Improvement: 2)

Net Score: -7 (Excellent: 0, Satisfactory: 3, Needs Improvement: 7)

Net Score: -10 (Excellent: 0, Satisfactory: 0, Needs Improvement: 10)

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    Happy to see my answers were received 5,5,3 ! However, as I reviewed them myself I must say these scores have been biased :) For a next round of self-eval I think self-answers should be excluded. Admittedly I didn't max my own answers always, but never really shot them to pieces either, obviously.
    – AliceD Mod
    Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 12:28

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