From clicking the "show any page" button on a number of occasions, I can tell you that our encyclopedia doesn't sound like an encyclopedia should. Our encyclopedia is riddled with weasel words (which leads to point of view issues) and manual of style violations that degrade our professional image as an encyclopedia. For example, from our car article:
Now compare our definition with the Tormont Webster's Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary definition of "car" (which redirects to "automobile"):
A self-propelled passenger vehicle that usually has four wheels and an internal combustion engine, used for land transport.
This definition is complete and professional. The only non-simple words here are "propel" and "combustion". If I were to reword the definition, I'd be left with:
Just a note that copy-editing and proofreading articles are just as important as creating new ones.
- The Tormont Webster's Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary. United States of America: Tormont Publications Inc. 1990. pp. 124, 270. ISBN 2921171325. Retrieved March 4, 2011.