The first Genealogy and Family History community evaluation is now finished. I would like to thank every user who participated in it.

Over the seven days of the evaluation, 120 reviews were performed by 13 reviewers.

Note: Heretofore the term "question" shall refer to both the question and the answers of a post unless otherwise specified.

This graph was inspired by this graph by Badp. It shows the total score of each question (#excellent - #needs improvement), how many votes of each type each question received, and the total amounts of each vote cast.

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The chart below shows how different types of questions were reviewed on average.

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As you can see, questions about the application of technology and best practices were overall positively reviewed, but questions about researching specific ancestors were overall negatively reviewed. Categories taken from Analysis of questions to date

The next chart shows the correlation between the questions' score (here referring to the up/down-voting of the question alone) and how they were reviewed in the community evaluation.

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There seems to be no direct correlation between how questions were reviewed and their score by voting. In fact, the two highest voted questions received slightly less-than-average reviews.

This graph shows the distribution of different types of questions-- pretty straightforward.

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This graph shows the correlation between how the various questions were reviewed.

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The questions that received better reviews (on the left) had mostly "excellent" reviews and a few "satisfactory" reviews (which increase as you go further right). There were no "Needs Improvement" reviews on the top three. This clearly shows that most users have a unified concept of what makes a good question. However, as we look at the right-hand side of the graph, we see that there's more disagreement on what is a not-so-great question.


What is the meaning of the "TAX" stamp on a ship's manifest?

1935 residence in the 1940 census

Financial preconditions on Jews for marriage in early 19th century in Germany?

Identifying Blenkinsopp-Leaton family photos

Can anyone decipher the comment above Louis' name on this 1940 census record?

Copyright Issues with Content Providers

What is the correct word for Step siblings?

Finding Passenger Lists for Irish immigrants to USA 1923-1925?

What factors should I consider when choosing a DNA-testing service?

Locating parents and siblings of someone born in Oklahoma (1903)?


Nine of the ten questions were reviewed overall positively and only one was reviewed negatively overall. Everyone was mostly in agreement about what is a good question, but there were some disagreement about what is a low quality question.

Again, thank you to everyone who helped in this GFH community evaluation. Your faithful dedication is helping us to make Genealogy and Family History.SE a better site. If you would like any other statistics on our evaluation, just let me know and I'll see what I can do.

P.S. If it is not already apparent, I like graphs.

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    Ok, this is cool.
    – Aarthi
    Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 21:58
  • @Luke Thanks for the writeup. Can you elaborate a little what you mean by positively reviewed and negatively reviewed for the first chart? What is the scale on the positive/negative spectrum, and how were the values calculated per question? Also, was anything asked about what made questions better or worse than others?
    – fbrereto
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 0:27
  • In answer to your first question, a positive review is when you click the 'excellent' button, a negative review is when you click the 'needs improvement' button, and the 'satisfactory' button is neutral. The formula that used is (#excellent - #needsImprovement)/#totalReviews. In answer to your last question, the only question asked was to select one of the four orange buttons.
    – Luke_0
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 0:42
  • Good job. Can you say more on reviewers (eg was everybody invited to review and only 13 bothered?) and questions to review (eg was it random across all questions?).
    – Duncan
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 0:43
  • Everybody with 15+ rep was eligible to review. Questions were chosen randomly. These questions must be open, have at least one answer, and be asked 30-40 days ago.
    – Luke_0
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 1:03

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I did hunt around the other sites for comparison and I do want to congratulate you on your presenting of the data. You seem to have done a much more complete job than most.

Since you like graphs you might check out here. It shows the questions and the distribution. Here mentions there is an automated metapost somewhere. Is there?

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    You're looking at it. :P This is currently the only public announcement of the presentation of the data, AFAIK. Doing site evaluations within a review queue is a new thing (I think this was the first one. ever). I'm pretty sure the devs are planning something automated. It should be public in six to eight weeks.
    – Luke_0
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 2:50

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