Wikipedia to Color-Code Information

Starting this fall, Wikipedia will start color-coding information that might be considered untrustworthy. It’ll be called “WikiTrust” and, if you are a registered member of Wikipedia, you can download, install and run it from your browser. It will create an additional tab at the top of the page called “WikiTrust.” Click it and you should see shades of orange, if there is any questionable content.

From the Wired Science article:

Based on an person’s past contributions, WikiTrust computes a reputation score between zero and nine. When someone makes an edit, the background behind the new text gets shaded orange depending on their reputation: the brighter the orange, the less “trust” the text has. Then when another author edits the page, they essentially vote on the new text. If they like the edit, they’ll keep it, and if not, they’ll revert it. Text that persists will become less orange over time, as more editors give their votes of approval.


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