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Small-scale bias correction
Smaller articles often tend to be biased because they are written by one person only.
countryUnited States
themesocial factors
contact email• potatoj666@gmail.com
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created on19:48, 30 July 2018 (UTC)

Project idea[edit]

What Wikimedia project(s) and specific areas will you be evaluating?[edit]

Is this project measuring a specific space on a project (e.g. deletion discussions), or the project as a whole?
Wikipedia (any language)

Describe your idea. How might it be implemented?[edit]

Provide details about the method or process of how you will evaluate your community or collect data. Does your idea involve private or personally identifying information? Take a look at the Privacy Policy for Wikimedia’s guidelines in this area.
Every time an article is created, it will not be published immediately, but instead sent off to 100 different randomly selected users with more than 50 edits on Wikipedia. These 100 random users will receive a notification asking them to (optionally) read through the article and edit any information that may be false or sounds biased.

Are there experienced Wikimedians who can help implement this project?[edit]

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.

How will you know if this project is successful? What are some outcomes that you can share after the project is completed?[edit]

After about two years, look back to some random articles with under 1,500 words, and if 85% or above of the articles show little signs of bias, I would consider this successful

How would your measurement idea help your community make better decisions?[edit]

After you are finished measuring or evaluating your Wikimedia project, how do you expect that information to be used to benefit the project?
I expect this will make Wikipedia truly a credible source of information on all or a very high percentage of articles.

Do you think you can implement this idea? What support do you need?[edit]

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 do not think I have the technical skills to create a screening program, so I would need someone to create a program like this and submit it to the admins. Of course then, the moderators would have to put this feature in the beta, and if working, then implement it directly to all Wikipedia articles under 2,000 words or a similar number.

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About the idea creator[edit]

I like wikimedia and I am sort of seasoned user. (This is my second account, forgot the email to the other account)



  • I think this is something that benefits heavily from crowdsourcing, and enables editors to track down bias at its source. It may seem like a small thing at first, but small biases add up, and this idea has the potential to truly change things in the long term in a way I don't feel any other idea suggested so far ever could. SmoothPorcupine (talk) 18:10, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

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No funding needed?[edit]

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