Wikipedia is becoming unusable by the bulk of the people that have need of discovery by encyclopedia.
The subjects are being written, evidently as PHD Doctorate Thesis papers. Or as Scientific studies. The articles defining terms are increasingly post graduate studies level discourses. In order to understand one I have to clear up one or two dozen definitions, each of which has multiple words also having to be cleared. All this just to get to point where I can explain it to someone else in lay terms.
A layman to a subject, even an educated man in other subjects will get swamped in misunderstood terms fast on any terms listed in Wikipedia having any relationship to any branch of science.
Acne: You have to be a physicist to read the text all the way through. Free radicals: For scientists only. Aloe: This one is better but look at how much botany you have to know just for its description. Blood Vessels: Call for a forensic pathologist or biologist as soon as you go to Anatomy. Internal Elastic Lamina: Why not just call it straight -- everyone has heard of Spandex.
Get my point?
A straightforward explanation that can be easily understood would make the Wikipedia accessible to nearly anyone. Then you can cut into the erudite scientific treatise for those who are doing graduate studies.
I'm smart enough when I am patient enough to wade through links and get a basic understanding of terms enough to get a conceptual understanding. Most of the people who I know of would have trouble wading through an increasing number of the listings. Is this simply the product of lofty intellectuals who want to impress their fellow atomic scientists? Or is it deliberate to make the encyclopedia works worthless to anyone not holding a PHD?
Time to bring out the old Encyclopedia Britannica. I just want to do research for a blog, not write a dissertation.
Last year I put up a blog post to forward you message to help with donations. This year I'm considering retracting it. It is getting to be no longer feasible to use the Wikipedia as a first stop on a research trail.