Auf de ist die Situation zwar wohl nicht ganz so schlimm, aber dieses
Schmankerl von der Foundation-Liste will ich euch dann doch nicht
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Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 13:13:35 -0400
From: Brad Patrick <bradp.wmf(a)gmail.com>
Brad Patrick wrote:
The volume of corporate vanity/vandalism which is showing up on
Wikipedia is overwhelming. At the office, we are receiving dozens of
phone calls *per week* about company, organization, and marketing
edits which are reverted, causing the non-notable, but
self-aggrandizing authors, to scream bloody murder. This is as it
should be. However, I am issuing a call to arms to the community to
act in a much more draconian fashion in response to corporate
self-editing and vanity page creation. This is simply out of hand,
and we need your help.
We are the #14 website in the world. We are a big target. If we are
to remain true to our encyclopedic mission, this kind of nonsense
cannot be tolerated. This means the administrators and new page
patrol need to be clear when they see new usernames and page creation
which are blatantly commercial - shoot on sight. There should be no
question that someone who claims to have a "famous movie studio" and
has exactly 2 Google hits - both their Myspace page - they get nuked.
Ban users who promulgate such garbage for a significant period of
time. They need to be encouraged to avoid the temptation to recreate
their article, thereby raising the level of damage and wasted time
Some of you might think regular policy and VfD is the way to go. I am
here to tell you it is not enough. We are losing the battle for
encyclopedic content in favor of people intent on hijacking Wikipedia
for their own memes. This scourge is a serious waste of time and
energy. We must put a stop to this now.
Thank you for your help.
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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