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Wikipedia to Colour Code Untrustworthy Text

Now this looks interesting: apparently Wikipedia are introducing a new gadget to colour-code text according to how long it’s remained unedited, and how reliable the editor is (based on how long their edits persist). Obviously it won’t be perfect: the developers admit that “If 20 people are all biased in one way, our tool does not know it…Our tool can simply measure consensus.” I still think it’ll be a useful shorthand though – you can of course already look into the page history to see when items where edited and by whom, but how many people actually do that? I could see this being really useful for anyone trying to teach digital literacy – a simple, visual way of demonstrating why Wikipedia should be treated with caution.

Hat tip to Stephen’s Lighthouse for pointing out the Wired article.

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