We all love Academia 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 think it's time the site came out of beta ! it's a very healthy and thriving community.

  • couldn't agree more, Suresh!
    – user7130
    Commented Sep 5, 2013 at 9:06
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    I'm not usually favorable to pushing toward graduation… but the stats do indicate that we are taking off (in terms of overall traffic, questions asked, etc.)
    – F'x
    Commented Sep 5, 2013 at 10:09

I think we are doing very well, with a very good quantity and quality of contributions from many people from many different backgrounds. Of particular note are the amount and quality of answers provided and the general comfortable and friendly nature of this site.


I'll also add a fresh plot of Academia traffic (red symbols) as a function of time:

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Notice how a 7th order polynomial fit (in blue) to the recent data highlights that the site is literally taking off.

  • where is your red free hand circle!?
    – user7130
    Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 10:42

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