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Let's do another one of these. :)

There are lots of metrics we can use to "measure" a site, and we do, but none of them matter as much as having a healthy and happy site full of interesting questions and expert answers.

So, let's talk about site health. Specifically, your site health.

Below you'll find ten questions randomly selected from Jewish Life and Learning. Review them and take a look around the Internet as if you were trying to find answers to them. Are they interesting questions? Are the answers we have better than what Google has to offer? Are they easily found?

Upvote the corresponding post in this "thread" when our answer is better. Downvote when Google wins. If we're kinda on par with Google, just use common sense and your expertise to guide your vote. :)

Comment to let us know your thoughts... and if you need help, use our handy dandy guide.

(This evaluation will close on May 4, 2012.)

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Nursing in the bathroom

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  • Result #1 on my search terms and pretty good answers. +1. – msh210 Apr 24 '12 at 16:36
  • +1 I searched for halacha nursing bathroom and found our content at the top, followed by two other clearly on-point pages. Our content includes two answers and multiple comments, documenting and referencing multiple points of view on this issue (one of which is one of the other two pages). The other two pages each reference one point of view. Our content could stand to be improved, though, by promoting some comment material to answers. – Isaac Moses Apr 25 '12 at 17:32
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Should the shaliach tzibbur check the tzitzis of a tallis given to him to daven?

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  • +1: first result and good quality. – msh210 Apr 24 '12 at 16:17
  • +1 I searched check tallit|tallis chazzan and found our content as the second link, with none of the other links on the first page obviously pointing to this sort of issue. We have a good, well-sourced answer. – Isaac Moses Apr 27 '12 at 16:46
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Product liability in halacha

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Did the prophets practice magic?

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  • We're good, and result #3 on my search terms (though #2 is also good). That counts as a +1. – msh210 Apr 24 '12 at 16:31
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Cole slaw in the Cholent on Shabbos

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  • Tough one to rate because the question is (IMO) poor in that it combines two not completely analogous questions into one. The answer addresses both, pretty well (and very well considering the question quality), but I'd never Google both together. Googling them separately, I get us right on top for cole slaw and below the fold for soup. Overall +1. – msh210 Apr 24 '12 at 16:15
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Kiddush BeRov 'Am

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Papaya - Ha'Etz or Ha'Adama?

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  • according to anna, it's +1, as our answer is on page 2 when searching for "bracha on papaya" and is good. However, there is a full page of answers answering perfectly before, so if I were searching, I wouldn't have found it, – ertert3terte Apr 24 '12 at 6:14
  • Par: +0. Good answer, but not sure I'd call it "stellar", and, as @ShmuelBrin notes, it's on page 2. – msh210 Apr 24 '12 at 16:09
  • The question is not, "what bracha do you make on papaya?". For that, there are a hundred perfectly valid answers available. The question is, "why is there a dispute on its bracha?" For that, we are the #2 hit on google, and the simplest and most readable answer. +1 – Hod - Monica's Army Apr 30 '12 at 2:42
  • @msh210 @ ShmuelBrill ^^^ courtesy pings – Hod - Monica's Army Apr 30 '12 at 2:46
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How come Sepharadim say "Boreh peri haGEFen" but "Shelo Asani AVed"

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  • +1: #3 hit on my search terms; decent answer, better than the first two hits. – msh210 Apr 24 '12 at 6:33
  • low on mine: <hagafen hagefen aved eved> – ertert3terte Apr 24 '12 at 6:46
  • @msh210 the interesting thing is that when I click that link, the only result is Shmuel's comment above! – Hod - Monica's Army Apr 29 '12 at 17:12
  • My search terms (why hagefen but aved) show us as the top answer. +1 – Hod - Monica's Army Apr 29 '12 at 17:18
  • @HodofHod (re "the interesting thing"), me, too, now. When I wrote the above comment, though, I was being truthful. I don't know what's going on with Google. – msh210 Apr 29 '12 at 18:03
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Seared Sushi Bishul Yisroel

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  • Oddly, Google, on my search terms, doesn't show any useful pages, even though our page should show up among those results! Not sure what's up with Google. But I guess that's a -1, then. – msh210 Apr 24 '12 at 16:27
  • @msh210 the problem seems to be that google doesn't recognize "sear" as a synonym for "seared". Switch the two, and we're the first hit. Also, we're the first useful hit for [seared sushi kosher]. +1 – Hod - Monica's Army Apr 30 '12 at 2:53
  • @HodofHod, it certainly used to recognize such variants (outside of quotation marks). – msh210 Apr 30 '12 at 5:00
  • @msh210 It still does, but it's imperfect (surprise, surprise). This seems to be one example where their synonym database is lacking. – Hod - Monica's Army Apr 30 '12 at 5:18
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The number of Challot on Shabbat and salt

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  • Tough one to rate, because the "salt" part of the question was (as noted in answers) based on a mistaken hypothesis; thus, Googling for it messes up the results (whether from our site or from others). But my search terms showed our site nowhere among the results, and the first result was a nice answer elsewhere. -1. – msh210 Apr 24 '12 at 16:22

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