We all love Physical Fitness 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!

  • I rated a lot of questions as "needs improvement" almost solely because there was only one answer. Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 11:43
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    IMO the big shortcoming of the site right now is that every question seems to attract half a dozen answers, all of them expressing opinions and none of them giving any evidence for those opinions.
    – user6305
    Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 22:02
  • @BenCrowell Could you point to some examples? Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 11:56
  • @DaveLiepmann: a typical example: fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/938/…
    – user6305
    Commented Dec 12, 2013 at 2:57
  • @BenCrowell Ivo's answer (and yours) both include good evidence. While I'm a fan of evidence-based answers, I'm not a fan of requiring peer-reviewed evidence. Sports science (especially w/r/t injuries) is difficult and not generally terribly useful. For instance, the fact that there aren't any studies on the intersection of yoga and running doesn't make Doug's answer bad. Yoga addresses joint issues, running injuries involve joint issues, it's reasonable advice to give despite not being peer-reviewed medicine. Commented Dec 12, 2013 at 9:13

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Final Results

  • Upper-body cardio

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

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