[WikiEN-l] Corporate vanity policy enforcement

Brad Patrick bpatrick at wikimedia.org
Fri Sep 29 16:53:02 UTC 2006

Dear Community:

The volume of corporate vanity/vandalism which is showing up on 
Wikipedia is overwhelming.  At the office, we are receiving dozens of 
phone calls *per week* about company, organization, and marketing edits 
which are reverted, causing the non-notable, but self-aggrandizing 
authors, to scream bloody murder.  This is as it should be.  However, I 
am issuing a call to arms to the community to act in a much more 
draconian fashion in response to corporate self-editing and vanity page 
creation.  This is simply out of hand, and we need your help.

We are the #14 website in the world.  We are a big target.  If we are to 
remain true to our encyclopedic mission, this kind of nonsense cannot be 
tolerated.  This means the administrators and new page patrol need to be 
clear when they see new usernames and page creation which are blatantly 
commercial - shoot on sight.  There should be no question that someone 
who claims to have a "famous movie studio" and has exactly 2 Google hits 
- both their Myspace page - they get nuked.  Ban users who promulgate 
such garbage for a significant period of time.  They need to be 
encouraged to avoid the temptation to recreate their article, thereby 
raising the level of damage and wasted time they incur.

Some of you might think regular policy and VfD is the way to go.  I am 
here to tell you it is not enough.  We are losing the battle for 
encyclopedic content in favor of people intent on hijacking Wikipedia 
for their own memes.  This scourge is a serious waste of time and 
energy.  We must put a stop to this now. 

Thank you for your help.

-Brad Patrick
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

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