- How were the guidelines for a healthy site determined
- Shutting down recurring community self-evaluations
Could the devs please make a weekly updatable dashboard with metrics outlined here shown in graphs and a table?
This information is vital for continued health of both graduated and beta sites, so it makes sense to implement it across the SE network.
Figures from the dashboard should not be relied upon in graduation decisions - the existing 10.0 QPD (Questions per day) threshold is a clear enough goal.
Last April Tim Post hinted at a site health dashboard being on the Kanban wall.
Yesterday abbyhairboat asked for ideas to re-invigorate community introspection after community Q&A surveys are
phased outterminated with prejudice.
It looks like all SE communities need multifaceted, concise, objective, methodologically stable, ungameable measurements of site "health" to implement timely corrective actions. All too often I read meta questions "How are we doing as a site?" and all I read in response is opinions. There's some mighty disconnect between reality and perception and having a cartload of graphs and a table of fresh numbers without the hassle of going to SEDE and manually firing a one-off query will help bridge the disconnect.
Basically, moribund communities have to open their users' eyes and healthy sites have to stop worrying. I figured out some metrics and would be grateful to SE developers if they could bring the ideas to fruition instead of the rough and antiquated Area51 system which doesn't even deal with graduated sites.
For Stack Overflow, some of those indicators could be applied on a per-tag basis to account for fragmentation of SO.
The dashboard should be publicly accessible. Since it would not include the graduation QPD metric, people will be less likely to attempt gaming the system.