What is the problem you're trying to solve?
Project Accuracy will help resolve loss of readership, editor retention, and Wikipedia's image as an unreliable source.
What is your solution?
Coordinate FA contributors and existing project teams to form a qualified Editorial Review Board (ERB) comprising members (both on & off WP) who meet eligibility requirements for fact-checking articles and corroborating accuracy of information to the cited sources, level of reliability for the cited sources, and quality of the overall presentation of the article. Ideally, WPA will have 5 or 7 Primary Project Coordinators (PPC) who will coordinate review efforts by drawing relative reviewers from a pool of 100+/- qualified reviewers (accredited academia, as well as experts & professionals) who will comprise the ERB. Upon completion of the review process by the ERB, the article will be promoted as "reviewed and approved" (RAA) by affixing the WPA's gold seal to top of the article page. WP's own guideline for editors summarizes a reliable source as published sources with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy, yet WP itself has not earned such a reputation; therefore, is considered unreliable which has resulted in a steady decline in readership. An ERB will be the starting point for resolving the reliability issues. Over time and with the help of targeted promotions, readers will come to recognize WP as a reliable resource for all levels of academia which is essential for sustainability. Readership will increase exponentially with reliability. Having one's article promoted by the ERB (which should also afford some level of protection to the article such as pending changes review) will further serve to create a sense of pride and accomplishment, thereby contributing in a positive way to editor retention as well as recruitment. WPA will also oversee promotion "drives" and encourage rewards and recognition for articles promoted to RAA status.
The primary goals are to:
- Increase quality of Wikipedia articles
- Increase reliability of Wikipedia articles
- Promote/improve collaboration among experienced editors
- Promote existing editors retention
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