Jan Böhmermann <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_B%C3%B6hmermann>
published an amazing expose on political WP editing in Germany; it gets
good around 15 minutes in
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNsTaKwyAzI&t=900s>. In the video he
exposed the workings of a paid editing farm run (by Olaf Kosinsky (Wikidata
<https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q30108329>; CheckUser discussion
; archived PR-services site
excellent long-time editor with over 3 million edits.
*We need to distinguish paid editing from general COI editing*. Paid
editing is COI editing by professionals, who have strong external
incentives to persist, no leeway in the outcome they are aiming
for, experience in doing this in dozens of cases, and may have colleagues
who can drop in as 'uninvolved' editors to forge consensus or social
This is one of our great recurring challenges, siphoning off both our
reputation and our community. There are many things we can do about paid
editing, starting with maintaining *paid-editing metrics and a dashboard*
of known and estimated paid editing. We can estimate its prevalence by the
availabiity of services online; and look for patterns of such editing on
wiki. Even with large error margins, this would be a step above simply
waiting for outbreaks to be discovered and reacting to the visible bits of
What sort of metrics like this do we have already? Who is working on such
Since the above video came out, de:wp started a table of WP editing services
It currently includes an initial dozen examples, with no estimate of
activity (the 1 account known to be associated with each is in most cases
blocked; but most have active websites soliciting work) This would be
useful in all languages.
 as Melmann wrote
"*in my experience, **all the most difficult edits are WP:PAID
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:PAID>**. Most non-paid COI comes
from a place of desire to make things better, and often can be relatively
easily guided towards a better place... [or] it is relatively easy to use
existing enforcement mechanisms to to correct and ultimately control their
behaviours. PR professionals, on the other hand, are subtle and sometimes
downright deceptive, and it takes lots of effort to check their edits when
most of the time you lack context and expertise and you really have to
research in depth to see their edits for what they really are. I think that
one of the fundamental mistakes of the current policy is lumping paid
editors with general COI editing as paid editors are fundamentally playing
on a different level in terms of PR expertise and incentives*"
 Just searching for this online led to ads from dozens of services. The
first 10 below seem to be clones of the same service (perhaps run by the
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You have a specific research related question that you suspect you
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support, effective collaboration, and learning opportunities for the
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In 2020, we started this pilot initiative to work with community leaders of
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had the opportunity to work with 14 Wikimedia community members from
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Education newsletters issues, shared many community stories from their
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This year we are planning to expand the program and we are planning to work
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Thank you for participating in the 2021 Wikimedia Foundation Board of
Trustees election! Voting closed August 31 at 23:59. The official data,
including the four most voted candidates, will be announced as soon as the
Elections Committee completes their review of the ballots. The official
announcement of the new trustees appointed will happen later, once the
selected candidates have been confirmed by the Board.
6,946 community members from 216 wiki projects have voted. This makes 10.2%
global participation, 1.1% higher than in the last Board elections. In
2017, 5167 people from 202 wiki projects cast their vote. A full analysis
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Diversity was an important goal with these elections. Messages about the
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Dear Community Members,
We are glad to announce that the call for submission of proposals for Wiki
Indaba 2021 is now open.
WikiIndaba will be hosted by the Wikimedia Community User group Uganda and
held virtually between 05 - 07 November 2021 under the theme Rethink +
Reset : Visions of the Future.
Please check the link below for more information about submissions :
The deadline for submission is 24th September 2021.
Please reach out to wikiuganda(a)gmail.com if you have any questions.
Geoffrey Kateregga, on behalf of the Wiki Indaba 2021 Local Organizing Team
Someone with the entirely authoritative email address "
hillbillyholiday(a)gmail.com" writes (apparently under the impression that I
don't know who Andreas is) the following:
'I am appalled by your sneering condescension of Andreas.'
This is an unusual misreading of a fairly straightforward, even though
ironic, text. A careful reader will have noted that did not dispute
Andreas's research or recitation of any facts. What I did dispute is his
characterization of motives, which is ungrounded in any of those facts.
In a subsequent message, Hillbillyholiday says somethingsomethingsomething
about me being a nazi, haha.
In the land where I grew up, soi-disant "hillbillies"--whether on holiday
or not--knew their Bible verses. So perhaps Hillbilly will understand why
the verse that comes to mind in reference to his attempt at a riposte is
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> is scheduled to take place from 5-7 November and will be a virtual event
> for a second consecutive year.
> This year's conference will be labelled with the slogan "Meet for a Better
> Future!" and its programme will be mostly filled with session proposals
> received through a call for submissions, while there will also be a handful
> of sessions that will feature keynote speakers or will be formatted as
> plenary discussions on important topics from the Wikimedia movement. *You
> can submit your session proposal
> the extended deadline of 30 September 2021.*
> Considering that the event will take place in an online environment and
> there are no significant barriers for participation, we would like to
> encourage participation and session proposals by people from outside the
> region of Central and Eastern Europe.
> In case you have any questions regarding the conference, please do not
> hesitate to contact the Organising Committee members
> You can also read the official blog post
> announcing the event in order to get more information about it.
> Best regards,
> Kiril Simeonovski