That's the first one I have heard of.  Congratulations, Evan!  Kickstarters such as this are fantastic, and I am glad to see it was successful.   

The debate is (or should be) about paid advocacy, not paid editing.  Many people are paid in part to help add free knowledge, often by popular demand, to the commons.  Wiki-PR evaded the en:wp guidelines about paid advocacy, published their own third-party articles to fake the appearance of multiple independent sources, and used socks to hide their connection. These are not comparable.


On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 6:34 PM, Nathan <> wrote:
A post is live on Gizmodo today about a Commons contributor (Evan-Amos) who
takes high quality photos of video game systems and hardware.[1] Towards
the end it mentions that Evan started a Kickstarter to fund his efforts to
buy and photograph more systems as part of an online museum.[2]

Anyone know if this is the first Wikimedia-related Kickstarter campaign, or
has it happened before? What do people think about someone raising ~$13k to
contribute photos to Commons? How does that fit in the debate about paid
editing? To me it has a very different feel than, say, Wiki-PR. But...

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