We're on the right track.
I was impressed with the quality of the questions and their answers. In October 2014 I answered 'satisfactory' on most questions. This time I voted 'excellent' eight times and once both 'satisfactory' and 'needs improvement'.
I was surprised, because I have the impression we're getting quite many questions that are at least border-line in the sense of Subjective Questions: Deciding what we want as a community.
Probably there are (at least) two reasons for this:
- Only open questions are selected
- These border-line questions tend to get a lot of traffic and a lot of activity, which means they come up on the homepage a lot. Typically many new users come to these questions and have their say. These questions normally have a higher answer rate, and tend to get poor quality answers. When selecting a random question the quality of its answers is thus better than on average.
So, also I am very interested in how the discussion at Subjective Questions: Deciding what we want as a community will end and I would like to encourage anyone to participate in the discussion there, as it's a major decision we will have to make at some point.
The self evaluation always gives a bit a twisted view of the actual situation, because only open questions with at least one answer are selected. The evaluation works well for evaluating answers, not for evaluating questions. I will provide some statistics here for question evaluation:
Questions without answers
We currently have 253 open questions with no answers. That is a pretty good score on over 4000 questions in total. Over the last months:
It's only the second of April, so the higher number for March probably doesn't mean anything, and this score is quite good. 16 unanswered questions against around 100 questions with an answer (see below) is also a good score, I think.
March: ± 40 / ± 130
February: ± 20 / ± 110
January: ± 40 / ± 100
I'm not sure how this is compared to other sites. I think that once we've sorted out what to do with subjective questions, we will have to close less and can edit more.