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Making a better Wikipedia

in “Puppy Smoothies” Tom Cross suggests that the reliability of a Wikipedia article could be improved by marking the age of the text by using different colours. The older the text, the darker, or something. This way content thats has passed the check of many users could be identified.

A new idea is to colour the text according to the past performance of the contributor. This is suggested by researchers in the UC Santa Cruz. The program doing this can be tried here. The idea is similar to Cross’, in that “past performance” is judged on the basis of the longeivity of past contributions.

I’m not sure we need this to cover the Wikipedia in general, but it could be helpful as an option.

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