[Wikimedia-l] WMF employee writing articles for $300

Craig Franklin cfranklin at halonetwork.net
Sun Jan 5 23:52:20 UTC 2014

There seems to be some pretty heavy assumptions in Odder's article - it all
just seems to be speculation based upon one very vague comment in her work
history.  Was she contacted before the blog post was made and brought to
this list to ask for clarification?


On 6 January 2014 09:42, Russavia <russavia.wikipedia at gmail.com> wrote:

> Odder has published a fantastic blog piece at
> http://twkozlowski.net/paid-editing-thrives-in-the-heart-of-wikipedia/ in
> which it is revealed that a WMF employee is engaged in undeclared paid
> editing on English Wikipedia, and charging what it appears to be $300 per
> article.
> I have cc'ed both Sue and Jimmy in on this email, but also sending to this
> list as I know they, and other WMF employees, do use this list, and I think
> it would be pertinent that they respond publicly to the issues raised here.
> It is ever so more important given that the undeclared paid editing
> occurred AFTER the whole Wiki-PR debacle (Sue's press release, WMF's
> cease-and-desist, and of course the resultant media attention).
> What do Jimmy and Sue believe should occur given that such editing violates
> Wikipedia policies and also Jimmy's so-called Bright Line Rule. In relation
> to Jimmy's line, many are still clueless as to what exactly this Bright
> Line is (it's not very bright), and how it should be applied in practice,
> so Jimmy, if you are out there, your comment is requested on that.
> Cheers,
> Russavia
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