Wikipedia’s Article Feedback Tool: Assessing Content Quality

30 July, 2011

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Wikipedia has started using a “Rate this page” box, incrementally rolling out the tool to more and more pages in the English version. According to Wikimedia, the tool’s intent is twofold: to give visitors the opportunity to help rate the actual quality of the content on a page, as well as share their own knowledge through engagement as editors.  Below is what the tool currently looks like and is located at the bottom of each Wikipedia page. The Wikimedia blog reports on what they’ve learned from the rate this page tool.

screenshot of wikipedia's rate this page box

Some of the ratings feedback Wikimedia has collected is being reported in their Article Feedback Dashboard— a listing of Highest rated articles and Lowest rated. They are not saying definitively how they will ultimately use this intell, but peer pressure and public exposure for those crappiest pages could certainly help improve quality. This might enable Wikipedia to more efficiently root out low quality content, and possibly penalize lower quality pages.

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