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We just completed our Aug 2014 site evaluation: Let's get critical: Aug 2014 Site Self-Evaluation. It looks like every question got between 20 and 25 votes one way or another.

Most of the voters agree that some of the questions/answers are "excellent" and some of the questions/answers "need improvement."

Now what? Presumably the Stack Exchange staff thinks that this exercise can, somehow, be used to improve the site quality over the long term. But how?

What are the examples, from this site or others, of how this data can be used to form actionable plans to improve the site?

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  • $\begingroup$ For reference, this was not the first evaluation and depending on our position in the graduation queue, it may not be the last. As I understand it, these evaluation are mostly a means to get a quick indicator of average site quality; a "mostly good" result means "continue", a "mostly bad" result would mean "change something". $\endgroup$ – Raphael Aug 18 '14 at 13:28
  • $\begingroup$ The only (maybe) relevant post on Meta Stack Exchange I could find is this one. (I did not read most of it.) $\endgroup$ – Raphael Aug 18 '14 at 13:49
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    $\begingroup$ @AnnaLear's answer here may also be relevant. According to that answer SE staff are trying to get information about how well each beta community is search-engine optimizing itself. Seems like an extremely poorly designed way to get information about search-engine optimization. Better to ask us directly (a) which search terms bring up the question as a top hit and (b) whether we are happy that we're the top hit for that query. $\endgroup$ – Wandering Logic Aug 18 '14 at 14:07
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    $\begingroup$ Definitely, even though it's hard to make use of that information, either. Which queries we did not try lead to us? Are there inverse Google queries? (I don't think I have actually googled for a question, ever; I just evaluate what I see. Whoops.) $\endgroup$ – Raphael Aug 18 '14 at 14:48
  • $\begingroup$ I think Google webmaster tools is the closest thing to "inverse queries". It's only accessible to the site's administrator. (I.e., someone on stack exchange staff.) $\endgroup$ – Wandering Logic Aug 18 '14 at 15:33

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