The Wikipedia community is well aware of the criticisms of its reliability. So that’s why I was so interested today to stumble on a relatively new article rating system within Wikipedia.
You can see it in action on the Dan Gillmor page, and here’s a close-up shot of the ratings:
First word of this move toward article ratings in Wikipedia came back in September of last year, but it looks like it’s just now starting to roll out, slowly but surely on actual articles now. The Gillmor article is the only one I’ve seen it on so far.
The crowd-sourced encyclopedia is now crowd-sourcing its own evaluation. Makes perfect sense. Trustworthy, objective, complete and well-written. These seem like great measures for this very important container of our collective intelligence. Do you think they’re missing anything important, or did they get it right?
P.S. – Looks like there’s already some conversation on Wikipedia about the relative merits of this new feature. One of the posts says this new feature is now on 100,000 Wikipedia pages.