What Wikimedia project(s) and specific areas will you be evaluating?
Is this project measuring a specific space on a project (e.g. deletion discussions), or the project as a whole?
The entirety of the Wikipedia project. But in particular articles of controversial topics and political topics.
Describe your idea. How might it be implemented?
This is in large part a systemic problem in the wikipedia organization itself, I suspect. The fact that people can be "banned" reflects the unwillingness to be open to contribution from all sources. In my view, this is antithetical to the principle Wiki's are based on. Labeling people "malicious" who contribute honestly is a bureaucratic excuse to censor. There is the tendency to editorialize rather than report facts, like CNN, and a failure to provide citations. The fact that some articles are "locked" and prevent the community from repairing false information is proof of the mentality. Im not sure how to implement but I suggest allowing contributors to have a rating system of trustworthiness and articles can themselves be rated by the reader for non-partisanship and honesty.
Are there experienced Wikimedians who can help implement this project?
If applicable, please list groups or usernames of individuals who you can work with on this project, and what kind of work they will do.
Community polling. This is an encyclopedia. If any ONE person thinks its biased, that is one person too many.
How would your measurement idea help your community make better decisions?
After you are finished measuring or evaluating your Wikimedia project, how do you expect that information to be used to benefit the project?
Do you think you can implement this idea? What support do you need?
Do you need people with specific skills to complete this idea? Are there any financial needs for this project? If you can’t implement this project, can you scale down your project so it is doable?
I cannot do this, personally.
About the idea creator
- Since Wikimedia is often the first source of information for many people, some governments and organizations spend large amounts of money and resources editing the narrative into their favor. The Wikimedia Board of Trustees should make a statement about this. Dwarfdwarfdwarf (talk) 17:09, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
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