Category talk:Topology

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I'm going to have my bot delete all these articles, unless someone can take on the job of rewriting them. They have to be made accessible to our target audience. --Ed Poor Talk 21:45, 30 August 2008 (EDT)

Ed, PLEASE do not delete the 53 articles in this category. Deletion removes a lot of people's work, including my own (proper categorization and writing missing, basic articles). There is no harm done keeping these articles, but deletion harms the morale of people who contributed. Why do I say there's there no harm? Because a student probably will not encounter any of these articles unless specifically searching for them. And if they happen to come across it by Random Page or some other method, then they can quickly realize whether or not the article is within their understanding. It's no different than if I came across an article on some method in organic chemistry, or a discussion of why an artist's work is important. For the former, I need chemistry knowledge, and for the other I need a good grasp of art history, that particular art movement, and what collectors and critics value in art. Basically, to read and understand such an article, you yourself need to have a more advanced knowledge of the subject.
Our target audience may be high schoolers, but that does not preclude more advanced topics from also appearing in the wiki. The high-school level articles should be written well and targeted to their level; the basic articles shouldn't be swamped with advanced terms and formulations. But we can also have advanced topics, so that at the end of the day we can say: "look, we have an excellent HS math curriculum, and also several well-developed articles on advanced topics." If these advanced articles are already written, great. Leave them be and let's concentrate on building the solid base of high school level topics. If you'd like to distinguish advanced topics from regular ones, I liked DanielB's suggestion from earlier in the summer: templates indicating whether the article is HS, college, or graduate level.
Also, I went through and looked at the articles' histories. The following were created or edited substantially by Andy:
That's 17% of the articles, which is hardly insignificant. I think that alone is enough to justify the continued existence of the category.
I'm pleading with you, Ed. Please do not delete the articles. Regards. -Foxtrot 15:50, 31 August 2008 (EDT)

Why not have EdBot slap a facy template that says "this article may not be accessible to our target audience. You can help"? That way we keep whatever content there is and others can improve it. HenryS 16:16, 31 August 2008 (EDT)

really smart high school kids are interested in high quality math and we should welcome them, and not limit them to trigonometry.RJJensen 16:18, 31 August 2008 (EDT)