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Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. Zupotachyon (talk) 23:28, 15 February 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Just a thought, but looking into the lede, having the first few examples all be things that sound like one of the metals + something (i.e red gold, white gold, sterling silver, etc) might give an unusual impression to the unfamiliar, but moving up the alloys that sound more like distinct metals in their own right, and would be known outside of a jewelry store (e.g. brass, bronze) might be helpful? Darryl from Mars (talk) 20:44, 12 June 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hmmm. Well, I put a lot of thought into my choice of wording there. Bronze and brass and pewter are used several times throughout the article, and I think it's good to have a variety. When thinking about the lede, you kinda have to think about your target audience, and a good proportion of them tend to be children of elementary-school age, who usually won't ever read past the first few sentences to one paragraph, so it should be written at a sixth-grade level. Few at that age have any clue what tin or zinc is, but they can all be expected to know of copper, gold, and silver. I picked that as the second sentence (the first example) because it helps give a clear visual of what "mixtures of metals" from the prior sentence means. The very next sentence is followed by using the alloy which is used by far more than all others, which has it's own name: steel.
Most alloys don't have any special name of their own. Aluminum, for example, is almost never used in it's pure form outside of soda cans, yet regardless of the alloy, it's simply called aluminum. (At best, it might be preceded by a numerical designation.) Same with titanium alloys. We're just not as creative as the ancients were in naming things, or maybe all the good words have been taken. To me, it just seems more helpful to explain it first in the simplest terms possible before expanding into terminology. Zaereth (talk) 03:46, 15 June 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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