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Basic truths of readability
- People tend to give up when you try to cram 40 specific instructions in their head, but usually do well with two or three main ideas.
- We already have Wikipedia, Wikibooks, and various other websites and books which have gone into details.
- It's not useful to reinvent the wheel.
- It is useful to improve the wheel by surveying the field to figure out how other peoples' interpretation of the wheel can be more useful.
- Unless your reader understands why you're right, you're not right.
- Often, when a person sees a very large Wikipedia page, they'll end up reading less than if it was shorter.
The ideal format of a Wikiversity page
- Short (Less than about 6 screen lengths per wiki page)
- Does not go too far into details (Links to details)
- Doesn't require a major time investment to get what you want
- Fulfills a need or want
- Is an original work
- Looks good
- Delivers information in a new and interesting way
How to achieve this
- Check Google, Wikipedia, Wikiversity, and Wikibooks for information related to your topic
- Skim through the available data, or truly read them if at all possible
- Decide what the major themes of the topic are
- Plan how to simply, effectively communicate only the important details, and where to link to specific details if the reader desires them