[Wikimedia-l] Paid editing v. paid advocacy (editing)

Russavia russavia.wikipedia at gmail.com
Thu Jan 9 09:38:13 UTC 2014


As has been said elsewhere, ""No registration required," "we respect your
privacy," and "no paid editing" are fundamentally incompatible."

The only way that it would be possible for a system as you describe to
exist, the following would need to be true :

1) No more IP editing -- most COI editing exists using IPs
2) No more anonymous editing -- having real names being used for account
names would indeed go towards putting a halt to undeclared editing
3) Compulsory to declare any COI -- this is currently the case on
some projects, but the conditions are such that this is not always followed

The very business model that Wikipedia follows makes it impossible
to enable any system where COI editing can either be eliminated or can
exist without issue. Until that model changes, this will always be an issue.

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