[Foundation-l] Paid editing comes of age

Kim Bruning kim at bruning.xs4all.nl
Sat Dec 11 22:48:58 UTC 2010

On Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 04:37:40PM -0500, David Goodman wrote:
> In my experience, it is simply not correct that people who may be paid
> to edit, even for a nonprofit organization,  are unlikely to have a
> bias. (Of course, so do the unpaid. COI does not require money , but
> money always produces  COI.)
> I've seen too many cases of such people adding inappropriate content:
> inserting more links to the organization than anyone else would do,

... which is when they are doing COI editing ...

There are a lot of situations where a paid editor wouldn't (or doesn't) have
a COI. I mentioned a lot of examples.

* I have no issues with people being paid to simply be wikipedians. This happens
rarely, but should be encouraged.

Unfortunately, people who are paid to be good wikipedians are outnumbered by

* people paid to market something on wikipedia.

This latter activity should be discouraged. The latter group is clearly ruining it for the former. :-(

	Kim Bruning

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