Summary: Sticky notes
Component: Page editing
One thing that Wikipedia could definitely use is Sticky notes
What are sticky notes? On every header, next to 'edit', there would be a button
that says 'sticky highlight'. Just Click, Highlight some text, and leave a
Comment. Then a sticky note (a TINY little yellow square) will appear on the
right margins. Other readers can click it, it will open and reveal its comment,
and the text it relates to will highlight.
Why? For one, it's good salesmanship. How do you take someone who reads
wikipedia sometimes and turn them into a frequent editor? The answer will
normally be one little step at a time. And if you're reading some random page
that says something suspicious, who could resist highlighting it and saying "is
that true?? What about this website..." Hell, we could even give people collour
options; 'blue for tiny suggestions', 'yellow for most comments', 'red for
potentially serious issues'. Right now, however, the first little step to make
a direct contribution is STILL to be STUCK trying to figure out Wikipedia's
editing system. That's insane. Many readers will hit edit, see some benign code
for an image or header, and say "screw that". Which is exactly what I hear;
"Yeah it was false, but I couldn't be bothered to figure out how to change it".
Wikipedia desperately needs to involve, and gain access to the minds of, people
who care about topics (even if not wikipedia's cause, yet).
But what about...Vandalism? Same rules and precautions as the page (bots are
welcome to help). And it's another chance to say "thanks for the comment! Here
are some reasons you might want an account..."
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