The University of Santa Cruz/California has an interesting demo up
that computes author trust based on whether users' edits are
kept/improved or reverted. It then highlights passages of the text
according to the computed reputation of the author who added them:
NB, this is still very experimental, but it seems promising.
Luca de Alfaro, who did most of this work, will also be presenting at Wikimania.
Toward Peace, Love & Progress:
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the Wikimedia Foundation or its Board of Trustees.
at this point, I would like to thank everybody for their input and
work, especially Jörg and Aaron. And in particular, Aaron, who has
continued for months to do most of the work. I believe, most people
would at some point just stopped contributing, after months of working
on the same topic and done something else. Therefore, thanks Aaron for
bringing us here.
This thanks has of course a reason, namely that after seeing the new
synched Wiki at http://tools.wikimedia.de/~stable/phase3, I realized
that from the softwarewise functionality, we are finished, as we now
have the functional link from watchlist and recent changes to the
flagged revision. This is not as I would have liked (see my
description mail, but now that I have seen it: it is something I would
go live with. Therefore, what remains is bugfixing, tuning the setting
and the user guidance and the GUI.
So, see you in three weeks.
I will be on a conference next week with limited email access and then
three weeks on holiday in the baltic states essentially without email
access. I had been hoping to start the betatest before this, but well,
things always take longer than you think :-)
So, see you later,
I have thought a bit about the text of the infobox and I would like to
change two things. First of all, for reviewed revisions, the text
should state the name of the reviewer, to enhance transparency. And
then, I consider the text a tad long and therefore, a bit confusing to
the reader. Maybe we could shorten it to the essence. In the german
setting, this would look like:
This is the latest quality revision, approved by [[User:Reviewer]] on
24 June 2007. The current revision is usually editable and more up to
date. There are 0 revisions [[Difflink|awaiting review]].
This is the latest sighted version. The latest quality revision of
this page was approved by [[User:Reviewer]] on 24 June 2007. The
current revision is usually editable and more up to date. There are 3
revisions [[Difflink|awaiting sighting]].
What do you think?
I think it is at this point useful to describe the missing features a
bit more precise. in particular, since I will be on a conference for
one week from next sunday on and after that on holiday for three
weeks. If anybody here thinks: "Ah, I know how to do that, please just
do it." In particular, Jörgs timetable is now such, that, although he
is still willing to help andwill be helping from time to time, we
cannot rely on him.
i) The Watchlist.
Behind every article in the watchlist, the appropriate icon should
show whether the current version is reviewed, sighted or nothing. If
it is nothing, the red minus should show and this should be a link to
the last sighted version. Thus, the users can sight articles from
their watchlist very easily.
ii) Recent changes.
Same as above. Here Aaron has already done some stuff, which has not
been synched with http://tools.wikimedia.de/~stable/phase3.
iii) The GUI
Aarons GUI is working on all skins. The design provided by Jörg does
only work on monobook and it is probably more useful for the german
version. Currently, it can be seen at
(e.g.). These are the points that are missing:
# The GUI should be changeable in mediawiki settings (so that Aarons
and Jörgs are both usable).
# The box that appears when clicking on an icon should overlap the
text, not move it around.
# The icon should be placed outside the content box, on same height as
the lemma, to the right.
# The icon that is should correspond to the type of version the reader
is seeing with one difference to the first point name that unsighted
is not the red, but a grey minus.
# In the box, a description of the levels (the yellow bubbles with
descriptions) is not useful in the german setting and should therefore
be turned off.
As you can see, it is really not much anymore.