[Foundation-l] We really need to avoid the next Microsoft-Wikipedia bad publicity storm

George Herbert george.herbert at gmail.com
Thu Feb 1 08:29:15 UTC 2007

On 2/1/07, Mohamed Magdy <mohamed.m.k at gmail.com> wrote:
> Could the answer be in adding another line just above the save button?
> explaining the idea to the editor and telling him/her that there is a
> conflict of interests and if you wish to add content to the article, add
> it to the talk page instead? and if you have more to say, add a link too.
> You don't need super technologies to deliver such a simple message. by
> the way, how could Microsoft's incident be a bad publicity for
> wikipedia? please refer me to the appropriate archived messages if that
> a duplicate question.

How many places to we want to say this, and how enthusiastically?

Referring to en.wikipedia for the sake of argument...

The "Contact Wikipedia" link on the left already goes pretty directly
to [[Wikipedia:Contact us]] to [[Wikipedia:Contact us/Article
problem]] to [[Wikipedia:Contact us/Article problem/Factual error
(from enterprise)]].  This chain seems appropriate.  We could clarify
the message on the last page there a bit.

Would having something above or near the edit "Save" button make sense as well?

Would having a "Contact Wikipedia about this article" tab at the top make sense?

A "Contact Wikipedia about this article" tab on the left, in the navbox?

Doing all these things seems silly overkill.  I agree that more
clarification than the one existing path makes sense, though.

-george william herbert
george.herbert at gmail.com

More information about the foundation-l mailing list