Wikitrust is a software product That assesses The Credibility of happy and author reputation of wiki items using an automated algorithm . WikiTrust is a plug-in for servers using MediaWiki platform, such as Wikipedia . When installed on MediaWiki website it is designed to enable users to obtain information about the author, origin, and reliability of that website’s wiki text. [5] Content that is stable, based on an analysis of article history, should be displayed in normal black-on-white type, and content that is not stable is highlighted in varying shades of yellow or orange.

WikiTrust on Wikipedia was a project undertaken by the University of California, Santa Cruz , California , in response to Wikipedia: Meta quality sponsored by the Wikimedia Foundation . [5] The project, discussed at Wikimedia 2009 , was one of a number of quality / rating tools for Wikipedia content that the Wikimedia Foundation was considering. [6] Communications of the ACM (August 2011) had an article on it. [7] WikiTrust is designed for English and German use via the Wiki-Watch pagedetails for Wikipedia articles, [8] in several languages ​​via a Firefox plugin or it can be installed in any MediaWiki configuration. [9] As of 2012, WikiTrust appears to be an inactive project. [10]

Software application

Computing reliability

WikiTrust computes, for each word, three pieces of information:

  • The author of the word.
  • The revision where the word (and the immediate surrounding text) was inserted. By clicking on a word, visitors are sent to the revision where the word originated.
  • The “trust” of the word, indicated by the word background coloring (orange for “untrusted” text, white for “trusted” text).

The WikiTrust Considerations of “High Authority.” [11] [12] This project is still in a beta test stage. [12] [13]


The criticism has been raised [11] that “the software does not really measure trustworthiness, and the danger is that people will trust the software to measure something that it does not.” Generally, users whose content is not ” reverted ” by other editors are deemed more trustworthy by the software. [12] [13  References [edit ] References [13] The software uses a variation of Levenshtein to be able to receive a partial credit for their work. [14]

Community bias

The software has also been described as a measure of consensus in an article. [15] The community of editors collaborate on articles and revise each other until agreement is reached. Users who make edits which are more similar to the final agreement will receive more reputation. The point is also made that consensus revolves around the beliefs of the community, so that the reputation of the community is also reflected.

See also

  • Flagged revisions
  • Reliability of Wikipedia


  1. Jump up^ WikiTrust Release Historyfrom the UCSC Online Collaboration Lab
  2. Jump up^ Browse Files for WikiTrustonGitHub
  3. Jump up^ Installation Advicefrom the UCSC Online Collaboration Lab
  4. Jump up^ WikiTruston GitHub
  5. ^ Jump up to:b Main Page from the UCSC Online Collaboration Lab
  6. Jump up^ Wikipedia Consumers Coloring Untested Text, an August 31, 2009 article from Information Week
  7. Jump up^ CACM 54 No. 8Reputation Systems for Open CollaborationLuca De Alfaro, Ashutosh Kulshreshtha, Ian Pye, B. Thomas Adler pp 81-7
  8. Jump up^ a new tool to evaluate the quality of Wikipedia’s articles January 13, 2011.
  9. Jump up^
  10. Jump up^ Andrew G. West (25 November 2012). “WikiTrust”Wikipedia: Village pump (technical).
  11. ^ Jump up to:b “Computing Wikipedia’s Authority” . ACRLog . Association of College & Research Libraries.
  12. ^ Jump up to:c See “UCSC Wiki Lab” .
  13. ^ Jump up to:c “Software accuracy of Wikipedia entries” . Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. September 6, 2007.
  14. Jump up^ B. Adler and L. de Alfaro. A Content-Driven Reputation System for the Wikipedia. InWWW 2007, Proceedings of the 16th International World Wide Web Conference, ACM Press, 2007.
  15. Jump up^ Wikipedia to Color Code Untrustworthy Text, an August 30, 2009 article from Wired News

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