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As recently announced on the tech blog and in the Signpost, we're
launching an experimental new tool today to capture article feedback
from readers as part of the Public Policy Initiative. We're also
inviting the user community to help determine its future by joining a
workgroup tasked with evaluating it.

The "Article Feedback Tool" allows any reader to quickly and easily
assess the sourcing, completeness, neutrality, and readability of a
Wikipedia article on a five-point scale. It will be one of several tools
used by the Public Policy Initiative to assess the quality of articles.
We also hope it will be a way to increase reader engagement by seeking
feedback from them on how they view the article, and where it needs

The tool is currently enabled on about 400 articles related to US public
policy. You can see it in action at the bottom of articles such
as /United States Constitution/, /Don't ask, don't tell/ or /Brown v.
Board of Education/.

Another goal of this pilot is to try and find a way to collaborate with
the community to build tools and features. As main users of the
software, Wikimedians are in a unique position to evaluate how a feature
performs, and what its strengths and limitations are. The Article
Feedback Tool is still very much in a prototype state; we're hoping the
user community can help us determine whether resources should be
allocated to improve it (and if so, how), or if it doesn't meet the
users' needs and should be shelved or completely rethought.

More information about the tool is available on our Questions & Answers
page [1].

If you want to try the tool to assess an article, pick a subject you're
familiar with from the full list [2] and rate it! If you'd like to
participate in the evaluation of the tool itself and what becomes of it,
please join the workgroup [3]. If you're interested in article
assessment in general, please also join the Public Policy Initiative's
Assessment Team [4].

Thank you,

Guillaume Paumier,
on behalf of the Features Engineering team


Guillaume Paumier
Product Manager, Multimedia Usability
Wikimedia Foundation
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