Wired Science reported yesterday that, starting this fall, Wikipedia will be adding an optional feature called "WikiTrust" that will "color code every word of the encyclopedia based on the reliability of its author and the length of time it has persisted on the page." Wikipedia hopes this system will help clear up ambiguities in the reliability of their articles.
This idea is genius! In fact, it immediately inspired me to suggest a similar system to the Tosh.0 blogging team:
- GREEN – You have to be really high to get this joke. Like ridiculously high. But trust us, if you take the time to handle your business and can still figure out how to log onto your computer, you'll be laughing until tears stream down your cheeks.
- MALTY – We were hammered when we wrote this joke. As professional comedy writers, we spend most nights drowning our sorrows in a mix of whiskey and TiVoed daytime television (the shows we used to watch during the previous 18 months that we were unemployed). Putting back a fifth of Jack every evening means you usually wake up about as drunk as you went to sleep. Typically anything posted before noon can be considered to have been written under the influence of alcohol, but with the new color-coding system, you'll know for sure.
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