[Foundation-l] Site notice change

Kat Walsh kwalsh at wikimedia.org
Wed Dec 27 04:10:11 UTC 2006

On 12/26/06, David Strauss <david at fourkitchens.com> wrote:
> It's not Virgin's choice. If they get to dictate the nature of their
> representation, it starts to border on advertising. I think we'll have
> better credibility with the community if we link to an article.

They don't get to dictate the nature of their representation.

They did not write the text or choose how they would be recognized;
the text will be a neutral thanks. However, linking to an article is
something of invitation to the sort of mischief-making (vandalism,
POV-pushing, accusations of biasing the article, whatever else) that I
wouldn't consider a suitable thank-you. And as pointed out by Kirill
Lokshin, it would probably require that we make our articles on the
company quite a bit better...

(I would hope the extra attention would make people notice and improve
the articles, but that's as an editor -- there is not and there will
not be any agreements about article content!)

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