A few days ago I noted the problem that many articles which could be written for a wide
audience, are written in too technical or complicated terms. I think someone mentioned the
article on "Basalt" was a good example of an article which a general reader
should be able to understand, but which is currently written in too complicated language
for the average reader to understand.
I've created a page, called Readers First, at
. The idea is to outline to editors
what the problem is and to give suggestions as to how to eliminate it. The aim being that,
where those supporting the idea come across an article written in a way that can't be
generally understood, Readers First is noted on the talk page, together with suggestions
for improvement. I suppose I see it as a "train the editors" tool to try to make
Wikipedia a better information resource for all. Of course, some, maybe most, will ignore
it - but if we're to improve a lot of articles wholesale, we need to get buy-in from
the major editors of those articles, rather than plough through Wikipedia slowly improving
articles one by one.
I'd welcome constructive comments on the Readers First talk page.
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