Half-way there

I’m busy writing my thesis at the moment which is why this blog is semi-dead, I guess you could say that it’s in a coma as it should recover when I finish (my thesis is due to be finished on the last day of this month!) I think at the moment, I’m about half way through the things I have to write, September is going to be a very busy month.

Meanwhile, there’s been an interesting experiment concerning Wikipedia. I use wikipedia a lot (and have made some edits) but they could always do with more volunteers! As the experiment shows it is possible to insert subtly wrong information and it won’t be detected which is a shame as earlier, less subtle attempts have failed.

It’s not going to stop me using wikipedia, and given enough volunteers checking the entries this problem will be minimised but it does make me wonder about the possible merit of a scheme whereby trusted, experienced contributors become designated “moderators” and text that hasn’t be approved by a moderator is designated differently somehow (e.g. italic or different colour or something).

Still I guess the guys in charge know what they’re doing and so far they’ve created a great resource, more power to their elbow.