[Wikimedia-l] COI versus OUTING

Richard Symonds richard.symonds at wikimedia.org.uk
Wed Jan 30 13:18:26 UTC 2013

My advice would definitely be to email functionaries-l at lists.wikimedia.org.
Keeping them in the loop is very, very helpful.

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On 27 January 2013 23:43, John Vandenberg <jayvdb at gmail.com> wrote:

> This happens all the time. It sounds like their attempt to alter the
> content was thwarted. If not, alert a few admins privately, or send more
> specific info to the functionaries-en mailing list so they can keep a
> watchful eye on the articles in question.
> And talk to the offender and explain what they did contravenes Wikipedia
> guidelines.
> In my opinion you should report it to an ethics board privately, if you
> believe they did (intend to) break the industries ethical guidelines. Even
> if they acted improperly, by intimidating someone, you need to follow
> appropriate protocols. Two wrongs dont make a right.
> It sounds like you can inform press without breaking any confidences. Tell
> them the account name or IP and let them independently guess who it is.
> John Vandenberg.
> sent from Galaxy Note
> On Jan 22, 2013 12:09 AM, "James Heilman" <jmh649 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > A not really hypothetical question:
> >
> > Let say one is the director of marketing at a 16 billion dollar company
> and
> > decides to come to Wikipedia in an attempt to alter its coverage of one
> of
> > your companies key products (which has been hit fairly hard lately by the
> > evidence). One also invites 50 of your best friends (most of which are on
> > your pay role to join you in this effort).
> >
> > Let say you are trying to do it anonymously but both you and your
> > associates send out a whole bunch of intimidating emails to a long
> standing
> > editor. Than this long standing editor without any real difficulty
> figures
> > out who you are (as you sort of did email him). You than "vanish" from
> > Wikipedia.
> >
> > What if this long standing editor decided to either hand the story over
> to
> > the press or write something up for publication in a peer review journal
> as
> > said editor does not stand for intimidation easily? And this long
> standing
> > editor believes that the world / patients might be better off if
> > this behavior become more widely known. How would the Wikimedia community
> > apply the above two policies / guidelines (WP:COI and WP:OUTING)?
> >
> > --
> > James Heilman
> > MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian
> >
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