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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