[NetBehaviour] Is Wikipedia reliable?

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Sep 13 10:58:30 CEST 2006

Is Wikipedia reliable?

The reliability of information collected from at large Internet users by 
open collaborative wikis such as Wikipedia has been a subject of 
widespread debate. This paper provides a practical proposal for 
improving user confidence in wiki information by coloring the text of a 
wiki article based on the venerability of the text. This proposal relies 
on the philosophy that bad information is less likely to survive a 
collaborative editing process over large numbers of edits. Colorization 
would provide users with a clear visual cue as to the level of 
confidence that they can place in particular assertions made within a 
wiki article.


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