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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 06/27/2011

Wikipedia adding ‘love’ button

Wikipedia has plans to roll out a “love” button to show some appreciation for its volunteer editors.

The online encyclopedia announced Friday night that it had already put the button on its prototype site. The heart button is intended to give readers a chance to let editors know when they come across a particularly well-written or useful article. The site is calling the initiative, “WikiLove.”

The addition was prompted by the results of a study conducted by Wikipedia. The study found “being looked down on by more experienced editors” made users 69 percent less likely to continue editing. On the other hand, the study found that having their work complimented made editors 78 percent more likely to contribute more often.

In what’s likely an effort to diversify its editing pool and keep its user-generated content humming along, Wikipedia’s testing the theory that a little appreciation goes a long way.

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