Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfold fear.
– Thomas Jefferson –
The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.
– Ayn Rand –
It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
– William G. McAdoo –
Unbeknownst to most people, the default settings of their web browsers displays pages using extremely crappy typesettings. For example, the default font in Internet Explorer and Firefox for 99% of the text found in Wikipedia is Arial. Arial is a sans serif font, which is fine for everyday life, however, in technical articles, some symbols can be confused. Are you a victim of bad typesetting? Well here's how you can tell.
Do some or all of these look alike or of unequal height?
As on Wikipedia:
iι ; eéèêë ; EÉÈÊË ; Il1 ; vν ; uυ οoOΟ0 *
iι ; eéèêë ; EÉÈÊË ; Il1 ; vν ; uυ οoOΟ0
* This is a test for mostly technical readers who are likely to encounter the omicron greek letter, whose use is extremely rare because it just looks too damn much like an o (letter). You should at least be able to tell the difference between oO0 (lowercase o, capital O, and zero ).
Yes: You have a bad sans serif type of font. No: Congratulations, you have a well-designed typeface!
Is this hard to read (looks all bunched up)?
As on Wikipedia:
Yes: You have a sans serif font (or browser) with bad kerning. No: Congratulations, you have a well-designed typeface / browser!
Solution: Go in your browser, check for fonts (in Firefox this is located in Tools > Options > Content > Advanced > Sans serif). And it's trial and error from there. I personally use DejaVu Sans, which I find rather nice. However, it causes some problems with tables (some dividing lines might not show up).
For dealing with the mess that the isotope articles were in, and categorizing them, and for the work put on creating Wikipedia books on the chemical elements, you deserve at least a little double barnstar.