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We all love Genealogy & Family 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 long was this open for? I see it's too late to reply now. Should question be modified to reflect it's now closed. I recommend it stay open longer if you do this again. – Duncan Mar 12 '14 at 13:15
  • @Duncan, It's open for a full week, so regular visitors shouldn't miss it. – user104 Mar 12 '14 at 15:23
  • Since only 4-6 people responded, I still recommend keeping it open for longer in future. I'd consider 'weekly' visitors 'regular' and you are likely to miss them. As well as people taking a week off. I'd recommend trying to open to wider audience whenever possible. I just use myself as an example. I'm a 'top ten' beta user and I missed it. – Duncan Mar 13 '14 at 13:29
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Final Results - Mean Net Score: 0.5

Net Score: 4 (Excellent: 4, Satisfactory: 1, Needs Improvement: 0)


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


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


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


Net Score: 1 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 5, Needs Improvement: 0)


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


Net Score: 0 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 1, Needs Improvement: 2)


Net Score: -1 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 0, Needs Improvement: 3)


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


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


  • I think the number of surnames in Gramps question results were skewed after I left an answer half-way through – American Luke Mar 9 '14 at 12:49

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