[img_assist|nid=72|title=Wiki-colour|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=61|height=100]My spies tell me that Wikipedia will be testing a color-coding tool to mark questionable content on articles. The tool - tested within Wikia first before scaling up to Wikipedia entries - is not the first time advanced statistical analysis has been used to assess the reliability of articles within Wikipedia.
The color-coding scheme will give Wikipedians a sense of how many times sections of articles have been revisedas a means to see what sections are the most disputed and controversial; by extension, entries virtually unchanged over longer periods of time will indicate consensus of the crowd.
Color-coding will be a way for Wikipedia to address concerns regarding content reliability. With tools for marking questionable content, the reputation of Wikipedia should improve. Articles with the least amount of revisions will have a higher trust or reliability factor, or will they?
What do you think Open Medicine readers?
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In a Chronicle podcast, Virgil Griffith, a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, talks about WikiScanner - used to spot deletions of potentially unflattering information about groups, or people trying to hype themselves, organizations or bash their enemies.
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