[Wikimedia-l] evaluation of electronics articles

Fred Bauder fredbaud at fairpoint.net
Tue May 28 19:18:14 UTC 2013

I think that is a pretty good analysis of the entire project. It is
directly related to lack of editorial control and the impossibility of
being able to assign writers to problem areas.


> I ran across this paragraph in the preface to O'Reilly's new book
> "Encyclopedia of Electronic Components." [1] I'm not sure that I've ever
> seen an evaluation of Wikipedia's electronics coverage before, but to me
> this sounds like a pretty good description of a lot of our engineering
> articles (at least in English)...
> "Wikipedia’s coverage of electronics is impressive but inconsistent.
> Some
> entries are elementary, while others are extremely technical. Some are
> shallow, while others are deep. Some are well organized, while others run
> off into obscure topics that may have interested one of the contributors
> but are of little practical value to most readers. Many topics are
> distributed over multiple entries, forcing you to hunt through several
> URLs. Overall, Wikipedia tends to be good if you want theory, but
> not-so-good if you want hands-on practicality."
> -- phoebe
> 1. http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920026105.do
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