Why don’t more people edit articles in Wikipedia? If I had to take a a wild and embarrassingly unresearched guess, that
Article Edit screen scares most casual site visitors, even if they’re experts on the subject matter.
Can visitors even find it? Wikipedia doesn’t really encourage casual users to edit (this is probably by design). But it seems shortsighted to neglect tapping into the genius of the non-geeky and less-than-totally motivated.
So here’s an idea…
Give Wikipedia’s users a
Corrector Tape. With a quick little swipe, people can edit text, tag sections with labels such as “incorrect” or “unsourced” or revert vandalism by using the Corrector Tape to replace text with a previous version automatically.
Notice the ‘Fix’ button at the top of the page. It lets visitors improve the site, even if they are uninterested in being full-blown editors.