We all love Parenting 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 over-all, this site keeps it simple. So many parenting sites have so many "answers" that are really just, "yeah me too!" It really is so much easier to ask a question and get a real answer here. Then when looking at questions that were already asked, you aren't scrolling through all those non answers either. That alone makes a HUGE difference to me.


Sorry, I have to rant just a little here...

One piece of completely unrelated feedback is that the text box with the instructions takes up way too much of my screen space! If I open the review queue on my 1024*600 netbook then the area for the actual posts is approx. 76 pixels (seventy-six!) high...

I realize that web developers like the SE staff are probably using triple 40" monitors but many ordinary users have crappy old machines. Yeah, I can just work through the review queue from my 26" desktop at work - but my employer might not appreciate that. Even on my work computer's giant 1680*1050 screen, the area for the actual posts is still less than half of the screen, around 500px.

Please find a way to make those instructions take up less space. This isn't fun. Thanks for listening.


After several reviews, I notice a small link that solves it for me ... but that's very well hidden (even in plain sight):
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Am I just too blind to use a computer, or do other people also experience this?

  • I thought it defaulted to the smaller size, and it only showed the expanded instructions when you click (more)... but I may have that wrong.
    – user420
    Nov 14, 2013 at 13:15
  • Hrmm .. when you think about it, there's no reason why the system should show you those instructions more than once, or once you say 'yeah, okay, I got it'. Might take a little bit but I'll check into it.
    – Tim Post
    Nov 14, 2013 at 14:50
  • @Beofett the text box was open when I visited the queue. I just visited again and now it was closed but I don't know whether the system remembers that I closed it because that was on a different computer. Nov 14, 2013 at 19:59
  • @TimPost thanks for looking into it :-) Nov 14, 2013 at 19:59
  • @TorbenGundtofte-Bruun I totally agree (about the going blind)!!! I have my default browser zoom set at greater than 100% :)
    – user4784
    Nov 22, 2013 at 2:21
  • You do realised you answered a question with a question? :)
    – user4784
    Nov 22, 2013 at 2:23

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