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Score articles for readability.
Maintain a system of volunteers from various walks of life who will advise us on whether an article can be understood and used by the people likely to need it.
idea creator
created on03:37, Thursday, March 17, 2016 (UTC)

Problem: Experts adopt an article without safeguarding the importance of introductory-level explanation. Expertise drives out enlightenment in pursuit of exactitude.

What is your solution?[edit]

A database of readers, of varied educational experience but uniformly high curiosity, willing to rate articles on how well they elucidate their topics or expand upon the general understanding of their topics.

A online method for editors to solicit ratings from readers across a range of likely familiarity with a specific topic and likely need to research the topic.

A consistent set of standards.

Project goals[edit]

Protecting Wikipedia readers from the inevitable drift toward technical argot and advanced textbook symbolism with which few general readers are familiar or current.

Get involved[edit]



  • TuCove (talk) 15:59, 17 March 2016 (UTC)
  • I completely agree. Stuartyeates (talk) 02:15, 18 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Agree, some of this can be done by software - automated grade level - is widely available. Smallbones (talk) 20:28, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

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