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One of the most important aspects of being a Stack Exchange site is quality. Yes, there are lots of metrics that one can use to "measure" a site, but we don't really care about those as much as we care about a site providing expert answers to good questions. To that end, we're introducing a self-evaluation to our sites!

This process is currently still in the midst of being put together, but you all are going to be a lucky early-adopter! Here's a rough guide:

  • Below, you'll find ten questions randomly selected from your site.
  • For each question, search the internet for the question as if you were the asker!
  • If our answer is good (complete, well-written, answers the question, found in search results, etc) then vote it up!
  • If our answer is bad (incomplete, poorly-written, off-topic, unfindable, etc) then vote it down!

Comment with anything you feel is worth noting, or to explain your voting choice. We have a rough guide to better/par/worse right here. If your result is par, make a choice to vote up or down based on your instincts!

Ultimately, remember that our goal is to make the internet a better place. If you find yourself torn between the options, or if you can't decide, ask yourself: does this question and/or answer make the internet better? That should help you decide.

This eval will close on March 21st! Get your answers in by then!

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How to write realistic female dialogue

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Scientific Citation

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    Googling "citation format" readily turns up APA, MLA, Chicago, and Wikipedia, and a quick scan of those says there's not a single universal style (the question). However, tha answers to this question consolidate some of that information in one place. How should I vote? Mar 12 '12 at 14:51
  • @MonicaCellio - that's an upvote to me.
    – justkt
    Mar 18 '12 at 20:47
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APA (sixth edition) citation for the Fourth Assessment Report

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Return to section context after a subsection

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  • Hard to search for this question. I tried "formatting end subsection" and similar; got a lot of TeX answers but nothing on how the layout should visually look.
    – Standback
    Mar 11 '12 at 14:54
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How to further improve the flow and crispness in the essay?

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    As Standback indicated elsewhere, this is a critique question, and it's not really relevant to this. Nobody will be googling this question. Mar 13 '12 at 2:19
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Any good side-by-side editor for script translation?

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  • Recommendation question, though its answer's pretty applicable.
    – Standback
    Mar 11 '12 at 14:56
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citation for source from which a list of references was drawn?

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https://writers.stackexchange.com/questions/4667/american-english-is-it-acceptable-sentence-structure-to-write-may-god-have-co

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    This question was closed as off-topic; I'm not sure it should be relevant to this survey.
    – Standback
    Mar 10 '12 at 17:04
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Do these starting paragraphs make you want to keep reading?

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    This is a critique question; highly localized by nature. Probably won't be searched for, and not addressed anywhere else. I think this question is n/a for our purposes.
    – Standback
    Mar 10 '12 at 18:11
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    @Standback - we could compare critique questions to other critique sites (critters, etc.), but that would probably reflect badly on us since they exist to do critiques.
    – justkt
    Mar 18 '12 at 20:48
  • @justkt - agreed. Even if critique is on-topic here, this isn't a critique site and we'll never be as good as sites dedicated to that purpose. Nor should we strive to be. Mar 19 '12 at 14:42
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Picture-based Identification Dictionary

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  • Googling "visual dictionary" gets some cool results.
    – Standback
    Mar 11 '12 at 14:48

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