We all love Lifehacks 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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    Anyway, I've reviewed all 10, and for most of them, the information is no more than a duplicate of something easily found elsewhere on the internet. Answers should be more comprehensive and questions should be more specific, but I'm not really seeing an upward trend in either category. That, combined with the site's broad topic space, makes this site smell like yahoo answers to me: not especially good for anything. – bjb568 Jun 21 '15 at 3:30
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    @bjb568 You are correct. The quality of this site is exceptionally low, and it's a problem I never see going away. I've written a rather extensive post on this here. but that doesn't even cover all the problems this site faces. – Wipqozn Jun 29 '15 at 11:04

Looking at the meta site and common questions, you see what I believe is also reflected in the questions and answers: People have problems defining what is or needs a life hack, and it is hard to avoid conventional how to questions.

Sadly, I don't see how we can improve answers, before the questions gets better. Combined with the low traffic issue, I think there is some reluctance to closing borderline question sometimes, which in turn lets lower quality questions through the filter.

Solutions? I'm not sure, but maybe one should either reconsider opening up the scope somewhat, as I'm not sure there is a large enough need for life hacks to warrant a site like this, or possibly it could help to have a close reason related to people not doing their homework and searching for the conventional solution before asking here.

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    While I agree the quality of this site is low, I disagree that we should broaden our scope. our scope is already broad enough as it is, not to mention poorly defined. The focus should be on narrowing the scope and better defining it, because "everyday problems" is a horrible scope. – Wipqozn Jun 29 '15 at 11:43
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Final Results

Net Score: 5 (Excellent: 9, Satisfactory: 2, Needs Improvement: 4)


Net Score: 5 (Excellent: 6, Satisfactory: 10, Needs Improvement: 1)


Net Score: 4 (Excellent: 6, Satisfactory: 7, Needs Improvement: 2)


Net Score: 3 (Excellent: 6, Satisfactory: 6, Needs Improvement: 3)


Net Score: 3 (Excellent: 5, Satisfactory: 9, Needs Improvement: 2)


Net Score: 2 (Excellent: 7, Satisfactory: 4, Needs Improvement: 5)


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


Net Score: -2 (Excellent: 4, Satisfactory: 6, Needs Improvement: 6)


Net Score: -2 (Excellent: 3, Satisfactory: 10, Needs Improvement: 5)


Net Score: -4 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 6, Needs Improvement: 6)


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