Self-Assessment Review

The following post came up while I was doing the site self-assessment review:

Am I using "feature" correctly here?

First Reaction

My first reaction is that this question is at least "Satisfactory", if not "Excellent". Someone asked a well written question about how to use the word "features" as it applies to people and received a correct, well written answer.

Helping users identify and correct usage errors like this one seems to be one of the reasons this site exists.

Self-Assessment Criteria

Here's my interpretation of how the question rates against the self-assessment criteria:

  1. Question: Well-written.

  2. Answer: Clear, comprehensive answer, though I would have pointed out that the sentence should have used the word "chances" instead of "changes".

  3. Comparison with other resources: This question is very specific. It's not clear where else you'd look for an answer to this question.

  4. Search results: Again, this question is very specific. It's not clear anyone else would want to search for it. Having said that, I couldn't find it in the first few pages of Google results after a few tries.

  5. Generally useful: It's not clear anyone else would make this same exact usage mistake.

My Questions

  1. How would you rate the above post?

  2. How should we balance the criteria when it comes to rating these highly specific posts?

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  • I don't have an answer for you, but I will say that this is pretty much exactly what confuses me when doing the self-assessments. (What to do when the question meets one criterion but not another, is googleability always valid, etc.) Maybe someone else will have some insight! – WendiKidd Dec 29 '13 at 3:21
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    We should not be overthinking this. The idea behind the review is not for every single datapoint to be 100% precisely and objectively right. (Arguably there can be no such thing no matter how you try.) The idea is to get a whole number of datapoints and then look at the big picture they add up to. Hive mind, law of large numbers, that kind of thing. Meanwhile, your assessment is your assessment. So when in doubt, err on the side of — whatever you yourself wish to err on the side of in that moment. – ЯegDwight Dec 29 '13 at 15:05
  • @ЯegDwight Thank you... That helps. – godel9 Dec 30 '13 at 6:08

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