(cross-posting from wikitech-l)

Today we published an announcement on the Wikimedia blog marking the official 
launch of revision scoring as a service 
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Revision_scoring_as_a_service> and I 
wanted to say a few words about this project:

        Blog post: 
        Docs on Meta: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/ORES 

First off: what’s revision scoring 
 On the surface, it’s a set of open APIs allowing you to automatically “score” 
any edit and measure their probability of being damaging or good-faith 
contributions. The real goal behind this project, though, is to fix the damage 
indirectly caused by vandal-fighting bots and tools on good-faith contributors 
and to bring back a collaborative dimension to how we do quality control on 
Wikipedia. I invite you to read the whole blog post 
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/11/30/artificial-intelligence-x-ray-specs/> if 
you want to know more about the motivations and expected outcome of this 

I am thrilled this project is coming to fruition and I’d like to congratulate 
Aaron Halfaker <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Ahalfaker> and all 
the project contributors 
on hitting this big milestone: revision scoring started as Aaron’s side project 
well over a year ago and it has been co-designed (as in – literally – 
conceived, implemented, tested, improved and finally adopted) by a distributed 
team of volunteer developers, editors, and researchers. We worked with 
volunteers in 14 different Wikipedia language editions and as of today revision 
scores are integrated 
 in the workflow of several quality control interfaces, WikiProjects and 3rd 
party tools. The project would not have seen the light without the technical 
support provided by the TechOps team (Yuvi in particular) and seminal funding 
provided by the WMF IEG program and Wikimedia Germany.

So, here you go: the next time someone tells you that LLAMAS GROW ON TREES 
<https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?diff=prev&oldid=642215410> you can 
confidently tell them they should stop damaging 
<http://ores.wmflabs.org/scores/enwiki/damaging/642215410/> Wikipedia.


Dario Taraborelli  Head of Research, Wikimedia Foundation
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