Hey Yottie. I completely missed your last comment on this thread, but I just noticed it today and it reminded me of some similar schemes on other wikis. On Wikinews, an article has to be reviewed and approved by a "reviewer" before it's published. The assessment scheme on enwiki is mainly for their WikiProjects, but it's also a nifty tool for encouraging quality. I think both schemes have elements that could be beneficial here if adjusted properly. I don't know if the idea would come to much in the practical sense, but it's interesting to think about. I'm often left thinking that simple may eventually have to adopt some stricter policies on language or at least put greater emphasis on it if it's going to continue achieving its goal. There's just too much unsupervised growth for such a small team to support, not enough focus on quality. Just thinking out loud, really.
There are a lot of freshwater fish on this page. Osiris (talk) 03:18, 6 October 2012 (UTC)
Haha at the fresh water fish! More seriously, I agree this project will need to focus on the language aspect more in the future in order to accomplish what it initially set out to do. Maybe a function at the bottom of the page which acts as a poll (such as the review function on other wikis), but have the following: On a scale of 1-10, how simple to read did you find the article? 1-2-3-4... (select one to rate) or maybe How easy to understand was this article: Very simple - simple - quite difficult - difficult - very difficult? (select one to rate). And then have a message saying To tell us more about what you think, click here (link redirects to new section on Talk page). Just an idea, but it may help us determine which articles need attention. Yottie=talk= 14:55, 6 October 2012 (UTC)
It's a good idea. A more accessible feedback system for readers would definitely be a plus. I've always wondered, though, whether many editors (on enwiki) really look much at those feedback logs... but it might be different if we're looking for one particular problem. If it produced a list that prioritises the articles with the lowest scores (i.e., most consistently rated complex by readers), then it could be a whole new way of finding articles with heavy traffic that are difficult to understand. Osiris (talk) 05:22, 10 October 2012 (UTC)
Yes, an automatically generated list would be a very good idea. I think we need something to help us detect what readers would like, and this could be an easy option. Someone will no doubt shoot it down, but then they should come up with an alternative solution. I'll be away for a few days, but when I'm back, I'll suggest the idea to ST (unless you wish to do it before Saturday - I'll be back on Sunday). Yottie=talk= 08:20, 10 October 2012 (UTC)
Excellent work in trying to clear out the articles with unsourced statements category! Welcome back, too! I hope you're planning to stay around for awhile! Only (talk) 13:14, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad to be able to help. I should be around for the next couple of weeks, before going to Australia. That means I probably won't be editing as much between 20th December and 10th January. Hopefully, I'll resume normal service after that. :) Yottie=talk= 13:20, 8 December 2013 (UTC)