We all love Emacs 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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Final Results

Net Score: 32 (Excellent: 32, Satisfactory: 6, Needs Improvement: 0)

Net Score: 27 (Excellent: 27, Satisfactory: 7, Needs Improvement: 0)

Net Score: 18 (Excellent: 18, Satisfactory: 12, Needs Improvement: 0)

Net Score: 15 (Excellent: 17, Satisfactory: 14, Needs Improvement: 2)

Net Score: 15 (Excellent: 15, Satisfactory: 11, Needs Improvement: 0)

Net Score: 10 (Excellent: 13, Satisfactory: 9, Needs Improvement: 3)

Net Score: 6 (Excellent: 10, Satisfactory: 15, Needs Improvement: 4)

Net Score: 5 (Excellent: 10, Satisfactory: 14, Needs Improvement: 5)

Net Score: 2 (Excellent: 9, Satisfactory: 15, Needs Improvement: 7)

Net Score: -1 (Excellent: 6, Satisfactory: 25, Needs Improvement: 7)

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    32 people think this "Is using require multiple times on the same symbol idempotent?", but it only got 6 upvotes?
    – Clément
    Apr 29, 2015 at 18:45

I believe that the answer to my question on lock-files is very accurate, plus it answer precisely the questions that I, and possibly many others, have been searching and reformulating for years:

  • "How to disable '#' backup files?"
  • "How to disable autosave files?"
  • "How to change the autosave files directory?"
  • "How to change the '#' backup files directory?"

Because people who aren't very familiar with Emacs internals are unlikely to know about lock files, I believe the answer and its title could use some rethinking.

Would it be possible to add the question to the review queue? Alternatively are there any recommendations for rewording or extending the question so it ranks higher in google searches?

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    The question looks good to me. But for people who don't know what to search for, why not call them "dot-hash" files (in parens)?
    – Dmitry
    Apr 7, 2015 at 18:15
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    For the future, know that you can always make a post here on meta about stuff like this.
    – Malabarba
    Apr 13, 2015 at 19:58

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