Augmented Wiki Model
Statement of problem
An artifact of the traditional wiki model is that malice, bias, and fiction (un-valued content) can masquerade itself as factual information. The mechanisms deployed to prevent this; banning users, protecting, and locking pages each require manual intervention by a member of a privileged group of users.
To minimize the amount of un-valued content on a wiki by augmentation of the wiki model.
- The value of a user's recent contributions can be used to predict the value of a user's contributions in the near future.
- The value of a page of content currently to a wiki community can be used to predict the value of the content in the future under a certain guideline (outlined below).
MethodologyGiven the above axiomatic assumptions, I propose to augment the wiki model as follows:
- Assign a variable to every user and to every page.
- The user variable will be called the "integrity" of the user and be a signed number starting at 0.
- The page variable will be called the "value" of the page and be a signed number starting at 0.
- Every user will be allowed to state a fully retractable, single "+1" "0" or "-1" on another user's or page's value. In theory this will create the following:
- The value of the user's contributions will be directly reflected by the sum of the value of their integrity, assigned by other users.
- The value of the page's content will be directly reflected by the sum of the value of the page, assigned by users.
- Under the above constraints, the following limitations, that by assertion preserve the spirit of the wiki, can be imposed:
- There will be two types of edits: moderated, and un-moderated.
- Moderated edits
- Another user has to approve the edit
- Any edit where a user's integrity is less than a page's value becomes a moderated edit
- Only users whose integrity is greater than or equal to the value of the page can approve an edit queued for moderation
- Un-moderated edits
- An edit that does not need approval.
- Any edit where a user's integrity is greater than or equal to the value of the page becomes an un-moderated edit
- Since certain accounts will now be of more value than others, hijacking will become a problem.
- A user's integrity will only be viewable by a user with more integrity.
- Page values will always be viewable.
- Only a user with an integrity greater than or equal to the a page's value can view the queue for moderation with the exception of
- A user who submitted an edit for moderation can purge their submission from the queue
- The history of a page will not reveal to a user with insufficient integrity which edits were moderated and which edits were not
- Since people can gain integrity through deceit, and then only disclose malicious intent after accumulation of power, any vote placed upon a user or a page is fully retractable.
Under the augmented wiki model as proposed above, the quantity of un-valued content on a wiki will decrease.
The augmented wiki model as proposed above eliminates the need for the traditional manual protection mechanisms employed to prevent un-valued content being committed.