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Jeff Atwood wrote about how Stack Exchange is a clever way to trick programmers into becoming better writers.

This sparked some curiosity.

  1. Is there a way to see if my writing has improved over time?

  2. How do the various Stack Exchange sites compare to each other?

  3. Are there certain trends, such as users over xxx rep having better writing skills than those with x?

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I'm guessing the writing on English.SE would be pretty decent... – Adam Rackis Mar 16 '12 at 22:46
@AdamRackis: Actually, I've seen some pretty terrible questions on there. (The answers tend to be better, of course.) – Ryan O'Hara Mar 16 '12 at 22:49
As a rough guide, have a look at the early versions of your older posts, the worse they look now, the more you have improved since then – Brian Reichle Mar 16 '12 at 22:57
@BrianReichle I was thinking more along the lines of an automated scanner that will compare the objects I listed. I like idea of an impartial scanner that says what post is of a reading level equal to a trash mag or that of the WSJ or higher.. – LamonteCristo Mar 16 '12 at 22:58
@makerofthings7 - I'm not sure scanning posts to analyze writing quality is a Turing complete problem – Adam Rackis Mar 16 '12 at 22:59
Look at the edits made to your posts. If you really want, write a SEDE query to check the average number of body edits not made by you over various periods of time. – Kevin Mar 17 '12 at 0:58

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