Wikipedia Plans to Use Color Codes to Highlight Untrustworthy Text

by admin August 31, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Not sure how trustworthy those Wikipedia articles really are? A few months from now, the addition of WikiTrust as a standard feature for the English Wikipedia will give users one more tool to evaluate the trustworthiness of Wikipedia articles and editors. WikiTrust, an extension for MediaWiki, the software as the core of Wikipedia, assigns a color code to each word in an article, depending on the author’s reputation and how often the text has been edited recently.

We first wrote about WikiTrust in June 2008, though the idea of color-coding recent edits in Wikipedia has been around for much longer. Now, however, the Wikipedia team has decided to make WikiTrust a default feature for the English Wikipedia.

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