November 24, 2020

Wikipedia Tool Allows Readers to Suggest Changes to Articles

Sorry to be cynical on the expansion of the Wikipedia feature discussed below but the amount of spam and such that widespread use of a feature like this will likely generate is nothing short of overwhelming and has the potential to waste more time than it saves. I continue to think that for many Wikipedia editors it’s all about making edits. Period.

From Computerworld:

Wikipedia plans to ask users to provide suggestions to improve articles on its website, which could be incorporated into the articles by its editors, Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit charitable organization that operates the site, said.

It said its research showed that the new tool can help readers become editors over time.

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Wikimedia Foundation is currently testing the tool across 3 percent of the English version of Wikipedia with plans to take it up to 10 percent by the end of this month.

Read the Complete Wikipedia Blog Post

See Also: Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales Interviewed on PBS NewsHour

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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