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This article was published on May 3, 2014


Wikipedia tweaks mobile design to put emphasis on contributors

Wikipedia tweaks mobile design to put emphasis on contributors


Owen Williams
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Owen Williams

Former TNW employee

Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Wikimedia has been thinking hard about how to better humanize it’s editable encyclopedia, with a project kicking off last September to try with the aim of showcasing the humans behind the articles.

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Today, the company has taken the wraps off a new mobile design that puts the emphasis on how recently articles have been edited and who was the last human to edit them, in an attempt to surface the humans behind the vast amount of content on the site.

The changes are in the hope that Wikipedia can get more regular visitors contributing to the encyclopaedia. By showing users the age of articles, Wikimedia hopes that they will be compelled to edit them as they get stale.

➤  The Wikipedia editors behind the curtain