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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

That Wikipedia's written by the public thing got picked up on slashdot, where it birthed a few fresh ideas:

Personally, I think this policy of focusing on total edits for Wikiality is brilliant: it keeps the generalists/prestige mongers focusing on copy editing -- where they can help -- and away from content creation -- where they usually can't. Wikipedia is largely the creation of a bunch of specialist nuts. The "Wiki-Elite" are the nuts whose speciality is Wikipedia. Better to keep them away from the content; otherwise, it's akin to having someone with a degree in journalism reporting on a technical issue.

- DingerX

I think the problem is arising because of lack of distinction between two different types of "editors." There are people who edit the content of an article (content editors), and there are people who edit the copy (copyeditors). One is concerned with altering the actual material that is being presented to present a different subset of information. The other is concerned with making edits for grammatical consistency, readability, and style.

- gEvil

Wikipedia could help crack this whole logjam with some simple user interface improvements. Each titled section should have a "trackback" link for linking to it in another page (eg. if I linked/quoted it in this post). They've already got the "id" HTML tag. In fact, each paragraph should have a "link/quote me" link, maybe even a link that adds an ID to a sentence, phrase or paragraph fragment upon linking to it.

Wikipedia is an "open reference" site. It should include much more support for embedding its content into other content. Each entry could have stats of who links/quotes to it. And an interface with a customizable formula with user-specified weighting to factors like linking/quoting, editing, initiating, commenting. Then we could all easily use the Wikipedia at a meaningful level of granularity, encouraging much more quoting (which encourages more chance of editing by a wider audience), and backfeeding more data about how Wikipedia is created and used.

- Doc Ruby

With all that history data available, why doesn't wikipedia have a "blame annotation" mode so I can see who last touched a given line of an article, and when?

- arodland

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