Introduction to Content Health and its new capabilities

Our Content Health feature helps intelligently identify and surface potentially outdated or inaccurate knowledge.

Introduction of Content Health

Our Content Health feature helps intelligently identify and surface potentially outdated or inaccurate knowledge—content that needs to be reviewed in order to keep your knowledge base healthy. It takes a programmatic approach to updating knowledge. Ultimately, through Content Health, your teams can more easily curate an accurate knowledge base that builds trust and saves time.

We built the Content Health feature by enabling engaged users and experts to take action. They can review, update, or retire knowledge flagged by Content Health, rather than having to manually scour the knowledge base for outdated information.

The feature takes a data-driven approach to knowledge, flagging it for a review queue based on its age and importantly, its usage. At any point, experts and moderators can come and take a look at the review queue, thus uncovering and prioritizing the knowledge that might need some revision.

Those with access to Content Health can also filter content, delegate tasks, and focus their efforts on their areas of expertise with tagged topics or the content type. They can, with just the click of a button, verify, edit, or mark knowledge as obsolete. It’s that simple! Data shows us that 87% of users that go into the review queue end up reviewing knowledge and take some action. Once a post is verified or edited, it is removed from the review queue. Watch it in action.

Recent improvements

Experts are notified when content requires their attention

Subject matter experts and content moderators are busy, and that’s why Content Health now alerts users when knowledge requires their attention. Users receive alerts within their personalized “For You” feed and via email when their answers, questions, or Articles are identified as potentially out-of-date.

More ways to prioritize content for review

Once users access the review queue that contains knowledge up for verification and review, they can prioritize their next steps. Content can be filtered by tagged topics or knowledge types such as Q&A or Article.

Improved workflow and experience

Based on customer feedback, we’ve reduced the friction within the review workflow, making it easier for users to make their way through knowledge up for corrective action.

In addition to our recent Content Health improvements, Moderators or Admins can now accept new answers to a question, and it's easier to identify the most helpful answers within the knowledge base.

By allowing Admins and Moderators to manage and validate the accepted answers, the accuracy of the knowledge base remains high, and the community spends less time finding the best and latest solutions.

Multiple answers help build a knowledge base with diverse views and historical context. New knowledge brings new experts and solutions. Now answers to a question are ranked by their level of helpfulness to the community via votes.

In our customers’ words…

Our customers are already using Content Health to make it easier to sift through old content and find what’s no longer relevant. After 90 days, monthly editing activity increased by over 600 percent among Stack Overflow for Teams customers with the initial, limited release of Content Health. Editing helps to improve our customer’s Teams instance and helps with longevity and accuracy of knowledge.

Early adopters continue to validate Content Health’s importance and ease of use. The popular feature has seen organic growth even before nudges were created to remind experts to verify, edit, or retire their content. According to our users, having a clear pool of content that needs to be updated removes a large burden from an already-busy workweek.

One customer told us that right off the bat, she can figure out what she needs to check up on, and who to reach out to. She has a holistic view of the accuracy of content. Meanwhile, she can’t imagine going into other tools to research what is or is not up to date; it’s just too complex a task.

“Like most enterprises our size, we have a complex tech stack and a large, distributed team. We rely on Stack Overflow for Teams to help scale our subject matter experts across time zones,” said Adele Hardwick, Senior Versitilist Engineer at 84.51°. “Having a holistic view of how current content is with Content Health helps us better understand where knowledge gaps exist across the team and where team members could be getting stuck so that we can fix it.”

How to get started

The Content Health feature is currently available to Business plan and Enterprise customers. Contact us to learn more or upgrade to one of our premium plans.