[Foundation-l] Mywikipediaspace

Daniel Mayer maveric149 at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 6 03:12:27 UTC 2006

--- Lars Aronsson <lars at aronsson.se> wrote:
> Jimmy Wales wrote:
> > They are not free to edit Wikipedia for pay.
> This comes as news and a surprise to me.  Is it a new rule, or has 
> this been stated before?  What is the motivation?  How do you 
> detect when people edit Wikipedia for pay, and what sanctions do 
> you have against them?  Is this a rule only for the English 
> Wikipedia or a Foundation-wide policy?

No it is not a policy and it never will if I have anything to do with it. I'm sure Jimmy was
talking about companies paying PR firms and similar ilk to promote them by writing sanitized and
glowing Wikipedia articles about the company paying the bill. At least, I hope that is the case.
If not, then I am deeply disappointed in Jimmy and think he has started to lose sight of his own
dream. But I'm sure that is not the case. 

I would *love* to see many groups pay or otherwise get people to edit Wikipedia to add NPOV and
verified content; esp in areas and in languages we now have poor coverage in. 

-- mav

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