Wikipedia rolls out ratings for English-language articles

The Article Feedback Tool has been in testing since last year

The Wikimedia Foundation is in the process of adding a ratings feature to all English-language articles on Wikipedia, so that readers can evaluate their quality based on several criteria.

The feature, formally called Article Feedback Tool, has been in testing since late last year. It was last expanded in May to about 100,000 articles.

This weekend, the Wikimedia Foundation started adding it to about 370,000 articles per day, and will continue until it's available with all of the almost 3.7 million English-language articles on Wikipedia, the group said in a blog post.

People will see it on pages in a section titled "Rate this Page." The tool lets readers rate on a scale of zero to five stars how trustworthy, objective, complete and well-written they found an article to be.

The Wikimedia Foundation seeks to achieve several goals with the Article Feedback Tool beyond the obvious gathering of feedback about the perceived quality of Wikipedia articles.

For example, the organization believes that the tool can be used to spur engagement among readers, increasing the likelihood that they'll participate in other ways on the site, such as editing articles, creating a Wikipedia account or filling out surveys.

The group is also making the ratings data available for anyone interested in analyzing it.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags social mediainternetWikimedia FoundationInternet-based applications and services

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?