Apparently 7% of Internet users visit Wikipedia every day. That’s a staggering statistic. So the reports of people editing their own entries or those of their enemies haven’t stopped many many people from using it as a source of information on just about everything.
Even so, the revelations have shaken some people’s confidence, and given the commercial encyclopedia sellers a stick to beat Wikipedia up with. The Wikipedians have come up with a way to improve the trustworthiness of the encyclopedia without losing the egalitarian ethos which makes it so popular. The idea revolves around a board or committee which flags specific articles as “high quality” – a sort of good Wiki seal of approval – and some software which predicts the quality of someone edits to an article on the basis of other edits by that person.
Wikipedia is such a fantastic idea. It’s great to see a wiki approach to solving its problems. Read all about it here.