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We all love Cryptography 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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It's about time this site came out of Beta!

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    $\begingroup$ Looking at the site stats, I see we've got 9,166 users – which is far from the number of people who actually use Crypto.SE frequently. Fact is we've currently got merely 3,352 visitors/day. If it were my site, I would probably wait until the site has around and about 5000 visitors/day or more. Don't get me wrong! I surely would embrace the non-beta “mature” status [+1]… but I'm not sure if we're really strong enough already. That's why I'm pushing out Crypto.SE propaganda whenever I get a chance. Promoting the site all over the internet will surely help it reach a “mature” status a.s.a.p. ;) $\endgroup$ – e-sushi Mar 21 '14 at 14:45
  • $\begingroup$ If we left Beta and had the full-site privileges applied, we'd only have 26 people with edit privileges (2k) and 17 with open/close votes (3k). This sounds like quite a tough ask. There was a hint somewhere that SE might change their model slightly and do 'staggered graduation', where sites would be given full features step by step rather than in one big push - in which case we'd probably be fine if they held back on the privilege upgrade a bit $\endgroup$ – Cryptographeur Mar 23 '14 at 11:02
  • $\begingroup$ @figlesquidge Hey, you just made me remember you once wrote a really nice answer to my question: “How long can a site like Crypto.SE be in beta?”. ;) (I really gotta start bookmarking these kind of things.) $\endgroup$ – e-sushi Mar 23 '14 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ Good spot. Updated $\endgroup$ – Cryptographeur Mar 23 '14 at 15:59
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Final Results

Net Score: 6 (Excellent: 6, Satisfactory: 3, Needs Improvement: 0)


Net Score: 5 (Excellent: 5, Satisfactory: 3, Needs Improvement: 0)


Net Score: 4 (Excellent: 5, Satisfactory: 2, Needs Improvement: 1)


Net Score: 2 (Excellent: 4, Satisfactory: 1, Needs Improvement: 2)


Net Score: 2 (Excellent: 3, Satisfactory: 3, Needs Improvement: 1)


Net Score: 1 (Excellent: 3, Satisfactory: 2, Needs Improvement: 2)


Net Score: 1 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 5, Needs Improvement: 1)


Net Score: 0 (Excellent: 3, Satisfactory: 4, Needs Improvement: 3)


Net Score: 0 (Excellent: 2, Satisfactory: 3, Needs Improvement: 2)


Net Score: -2 (Excellent: 1, Satisfactory: 3, Needs Improvement: 3)


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  • $\begingroup$ median: 1.5, mean: 1.9, stddev: 2.4698 – that's a little bit lower than last time (Dec 2013). :/ $\endgroup$ – e-sushi Mar 29 '14 at 4:56
  • $\begingroup$ We should note that the last one of these does have good answers, it's just they're on Security.SE . Taking that into consideration you'll probably get a better set of results $\endgroup$ – Cryptographeur Apr 1 '14 at 8:23

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