Wikipedia tool allows readers to suggest changes to articles
The online encyclopedia has previously asked users to rate a page
IDG News Service - 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.
Since 2010, Wikipedia deployed its Article Feedback Tool which in its current V4 version features a rating form at the bottom of Wikipedia articles. Readers can rate a page on a scale from 1 to 5, using four different metrics: trustworthiness, objectivity, completeness and quality of writing. V4 however had limitations on the amount of input it provided editors.
A new version 5 of the AFT aims to provide new ways for readers to contribute to the building the encyclopedia, according to Wikimedia. The new version of Article Feedback asks readers to make suggestions about articles they are reading, and invites editors to improve these articles based on this feedback.
The feedback form can be viewed for example at the end of this entry on the golden-crowned sparrow. Users can also rate feedback and suggestions by other readers.
Editors get to view the feedback and can feature a post so that it can be noticed by other editors, hide inappropriate comments, or include the changes in the main article.
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.
"After final testing and debugging in the coming weeks, we expect to release this new version on all English Wikipedia articles in early fall -- then to other projects in the following months," Fabrice Florin, product manager for editor engagement at Wikimedia Foundation said in a blog post on Tuesday.
- 15 Non-Certified IT Skills Growing in Demand
- How 19 Tech Titans Target Healthcare
- Twitter Suffering From Growing Pains (and Facebook Comparisons)
- Agile Comes to Data Integration
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
- Face Time Anytime Real-time communications facilitates team collaboration from nearly anywhere in the world. With facts and figures you can use to justify an investment
- Riverbed Stingray Application Firewall: Securing Cloud Applications with a Distributed Web Application Firewall Responsibility over IT security is moving away from the network and IT infrastructure and to the application and software architecture itself. IT organizations...
- Now is the time to implement a video conference solution Video conferencing is getting a lot of buzz lately due to the recent cost decrease, making it tangible for many law firms. It's...
- Video drives engagement Achieving maximum results means building a solid platform and network infrastructure. As digital age unfolds, it's clear that the ability to communicate effectively...
- Mobile Apps and Devices Slash Customer Cycle Time Consolidated Engineering Laboratories' field employees used to collect data on triplicate forms that were sometimes hard to read and difficult to manage. After...
- Cloud Knowledge Vault Learn how your organization can benefit from the scalability, flexibility, and performance that the cloud offers through the short videos and other resources... All Web Apps White Papers | Webcasts