Community Wishlist Survey 2022/Bots and gadgets/Readability scores gadget/Proposal

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  • Problem: Many of our articles are (accidentally) written for an academic audience, leaving behind our average reader (see for instance this journal).
  • Proposed solution: Made a gadget that can show (various) readability scores of article(s), and paragraphs within. Most readability scores like the Flesch reading ease score are based on word and sentence length. Others like Dale-Chall readability formula are based on how familiar (or common) the used words are. I think it is good to have at least one of both categories. The weighting of these tests typically varies by language, so maybe it would only be feasible to do this for the biggest 10-20 languages. Smaller wikis that translate would benefit indirectly.

    Available tools are often insufficient. Readability of Wikipedia is English-only, and quite buggy. Copy-pasting it to websites like Hemingway is time-consuming as citations need to be manually removed.

  • Who would benefit: Readers with an average education level. On simplewiki, English-language learners and younger readers.
  • More comments: Add some basic statistics about article/section/paragraph being translated is a similar proposal focused on translated text.
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  • Proposer: Femke (talk) 20:08, 20 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]