This recent Jon Udell entry about Wikipedia wars mentioned a great idea, but I don’t have the time to code it.
I’d love to see a tool for animating Wikipedia history for a given entry or block of text (see Udell’s screencast for an example). Bonus points for highlighting what changed in each version, and extra special bonus points for a way to scrub backwards and forwards through time. I don’t care if it’s a Greasemonkey extension, Flash or Ajax, as long as it does the job.
Lazyweb, hear my plea!
$50 $250 (and a free Flickr Pro account) to the best implementation, ruthlessly decided by me in about a week. If anyone else wants to kick in money for the bounty, feel free to post a comment. (If your application meets Jason Scott’s criteria in the comments below, you’ll earn an additional $50.)
Update: Two amazing entries were submitted so far, both using the Greasemonkey extension for Firefox. Dan Phiffer’s Wikipedia Animate and Corey’s WikiDiff. Others are still in development, and a winner will be announced on Tuesday.
June 21, 2005: Two more entries! John Resig’s AniWiki and Colin Hill’s BetterHistory. Also, note that the first two submissions have had big changes… Give them all a try, and stay tuned for the winner later today.
June 27, 2005: The winners!