English as a second language - Articles

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Kermit2, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. Kermit2

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    http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/technical-articles/a-review-on-power-semiconductor-devices/

    Who the 'heck' is writing this stuff? If you wish to have articles which appeal to a wide variety of people who speak a number of different languages, why not have them available in different language versions?

    Letting someone with a poor grasp of english spelling and punctuation author articles for this website is not the pinnacle of good design. I find it hard to read through them when I'm constantly cringing from the grammar usage and improper tense placement.

    Proof reading? ever heard of it?

    I'm quickly losing respect for this three ring circus. I realize I'm not the best member in the ranks, but I'm sure I'm not the only one getting tired of the second rate improvements occurring here lately.
     
  2. Wendy

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    The core site is still here. As to the rest, there is an old saying, "Change or Die"

    The mod staff don't have anything to do with the site presentation, but I think I can predict the changes will get better with the shake out. Basically it is a work in progress, with maybe some wrong turns.
     
  3. #12

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  5. Lestraveled

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    When I first started reading it I thought is was a spoof, like the Signetics Write Only Memory spec sheet, (attached below if you haven't seen it yet). "Solid state devices are completely made from solid materials"........... now isn't that special.
     
  6. Hypatia's Protege

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    Well... Clearly the linked article is a 'gag' (on the part of 'management') --- And, I feel, an ill advised one considering the rather high liability to misapprehension - in any event - but especially on multicultural fora!...:rolleyes:

    Or, alternatively, A-l-e-p-h -(0) has been promoted - big time!:D:D:D

    IOW it reads as a parody of ESL as opposed to 'genuine' vernacular (my $.02)

    Respectfully
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  7. OBW0549

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    If only that were so; but given that April Fool's Day was several months ago, I'm afraid the amateurish hodgepodge of stuff on the front page is probably not intended as a joke.

    After spending several hours slogging through these poorly-written projects and technical articles all I can say is, I'm appalled. Simply appalled...
     
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  8. Papabravo

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    Instead of the mushroom theory of management, we have the mushroom theory of website creation
    1. Keep 'em in the dark
    2. Feed 'em BS
    3. Watch 'em eat it up and...errr grow!
    Grow...yeah that's the ticket!
     
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  9. Hypatia's Protege

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    So... The cited article is one of several similarly written pieces? YIKES!:eek::rolleyes:

    Indeed! It would seem the new (recruiting) paradigm is one of quantity at the expense of quality:(

    Hoping for brighter days ahead -- and struggling not to call it denial:rolleyes:
    HP
     
  10. JoeJester

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    Those articles are a direct reflection on the talent at AAC. Too bad EETech won't get the bad rep .... Its all AAC.
     
  11. OBW0549

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    Oh, there's some great stuff there. o_O

    For theoretical rigor, it's hard to beat "Concepts and Variables with State-Space and Canonical Models":

    http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/tec...iables-with-state-space-and-canonical-models/

    It's a tough read, so here's an easy one:

    http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/technical-articles/introduction-to-power-processing/

    An understatement, if ever there was one. I hope at some point we can look forward to better quality than this gem:

    http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/projects/learn-how-to-use-the-arduinos-digital-i-o/

    Abstract of the above: an LED is made to blink using the Arduino's delay() function. Then it's made to blink when a pushbutton is pushed. And THAT'S ALL.
     
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  12. Hypatia's Protege

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    Thanks for the 'reading material':D:D:D --- At least I have a few laughs to look forward to this evening:)

    TTFN
    HP
     
  13. t_n_k

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    Yeah I had a quiet chuckle to myself about that one. Presumably someone is meant to be impressed by the intellectual prowess on the new AAC. I thought I might eventually warm to the new paradigm, but I suspect I'm more likely to lose interest entirely and withdraw my unworthy support altogether. Maybe it's time for a change anyway...
     
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  14. Hypatia's Protege

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    Indeed!, As per @KJ6EAD's comment on another article (Re: plagiarism), I spy a bit of 'cut and paste' (interleaving the bouts of grammatical degeneracy) here as well;) --- Sadly, in this case, the so called 'author' had an 'out' if he/she/it but knew it -- To wit: let the math do the 'talking' and shut the *bleep* up!:mad:

    I guess there's a reason these clowns don't sign (their?) um... "work":rolleyes:

    TTFN
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  15. OBW0549

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    I agree with you and KJ6EAD about the whiff of plagiarism. Kinda disturbing...
     
  16. JoeJester

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    We all understand that content is king when it comes to websites.

    Content needs to be good content.

    If I wanted to use just content, I would use "instructables" and "youtube." There is bad content everywhere. I don't think AAC needs to contribute to the pollution.
     
  17. EETech Adam

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    Hi Everyone,

    Your criticism is both crushing and necessary. As some of you know we are working with writers from around the world who are creating content. As it seems, some is better than others, and we understand this as an issue.

    We are working hard in several areas to address any feedback, and content is now coming to the forefront. Jrap and I have been wanting to involve the AAC community more in creating the content (writing, editing, ideation..etc). We are constantly on the lookout to hire (pay) engineers to help us in that endeavor. If there is any interest we certainly welcome the conversation... please feel free to PM Jrap or I!
     
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  18. tracecom

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  19. Papabravo

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    Is that a string of DMCA takedown notices I see on the horizon??
     
  20. Lestraveled

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    Adam
    There is a cadre of very experienced and skilled engineers here at AAC that would enjoy proofing reading and critiquing any white paper submitted to AAC. The members here feel ownership in this site and do not want the drivel that has been referenced in this post to continue. May I suggest that you include in the Statement of Work (SOW), a quality control check by 2 to 4 members of this site before they are paid for any contracted white papers.
     
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