Simple English is similar to English, but it only uses basic words.
We suggest that articles should use only the 1,000 most common and basic words in English. They should also use only simple grammar and shorter sentences. Writers can also use a special system, for example Basic English. Of course, people can write original articles; these could be put in both this and the main Wikipedia (with a normal level of English). Usually, only about 2,000 words are enough to write a normal article.
Since some articles need more than 2,000 different words, some complex articles use more words. But even very basic concepts (zero, one, two) are too difficult to explain with a small number of words.
For detailed writing about science, politics, orreligion, articles sometimes need more words, but the English must be simple. Sometimes, an article uses more than 2,000 words, or, at the most, 3,000, but it explains all the hard words. Articles need some complex words because of the article names in theordinary English Wikipedia, and to use normal words would make the article too simple. Articles on scientific topics (like Earth) usually need this.
If a word is not simple or not used often here, explain it on a new page.
[change]The deletion of Simple English Wikipedia
Two times there have been proposals to close Simple English Wikipedia. See meta:Proposals for closing projects/Closure of Simple English Wikipedia (October 2007) and meta:Proposals for closing projects/Closure of Simple English Wikipedia (2) (October 2008).