[Foundation-l] Mywikipediaspace

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Fri Oct 6 08:47:20 UTC 2006

Jimmy Wales wrote:

>Lars Aronsson wrote:
>>Not in all that detail, no.  But that would be judged by the 
>>encyclopedic qualities of the text, not by the commercial motives 
>>behind it.  There certainly are notable hotels that deserve 
>>articles of their own, even if it's almost always a good idea to 
>>avoid writing about yourself.  What I wrote is that commercial 
>>companies are free to pay someone to write *good* articles for 
>>Wikipedia.  And prices and phone numbers are not part of any good 
>>article that I can think of.
>No, actually, they are not free to do that, and I consider it deeply 
>unethical if they do.  They are free to pay someone to write whatever 
>they like, and put it on their own website, and release it under the GNU 
>FDL.  They are not free to edit Wikipedia for pay.
If someone gets paid by someone else to write a Wikipedia article that 
falls within established criteria, how will we ever know that they have 
been paid unless they announce it?


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