Quoted – Ecommerce Times – Wikipedia to Tinge Suspect Entries With Orange Cast

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Wikipedia wants to give users more confidence in the reliability of its information, so it has come up with a color-coding scheme that will assign an orange background to less-trustworthy information — the darker, the more suspect — and a white background to content that ranks high for accuracy. However, Wikipedia hasn’t said much about how it will arrive at its rankings.

College students rely on Wikipedia too much, said Scott Testa, a business professor at Cabrini College, the problem is not limited to that site. Rather, many younger people have developed the habit of automatically turning to the Internet to find authoritative resources.

Wikipedia is not riddled with errors, in Testa’s view: “Nine times out of 10, I would say, an entry is accurate.”

The problem is that 1 percent of errors.

“That has soured it as a source, especially for people in academia,” noted Testa.

WikiTrust will help — as will the larger push to greater transparency and credibility on the Web.

“Web 2.0 information sources, in general, are moving in this direction,” Testa observed. “It is a sign that the technology is maturing.”

sers more confidence in the reliability of its information, so it has come up with a color-coding scheme that will assign an orange background to less-trustworthy information — the darker, the more suspect — and a white background to content that ranks high for accuracy. However, Wikipedia hasn’t said much about how it will arrive at its rankings.

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Wikipedia-to-Tinge-Suspect-Entries-With-Orange-Cast-68004.html?wlc=1252062543

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