Talk:Conflict-of-interest editing on Wikipedia

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Statement on Wikipedia from participating communications firms[edit]

Hey Pigsonthewing, I added a link to the Wikipedia:Statement on Wikipedia from participating communications firms because I have gone looking for that several times and have hard time finding it, and for some reason always come here first expecting to find it, as it very germane to the topic of this article. I checked Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style/Layout#See_also_section before I added it, and found no bar to adding links to Wikipedia space there. I also found no discussion of adding that or not, here on Talk. You just reverted it, and your edit note says "rm ink to non-article-space page". Would you please point me to the policy or guideline on which that is based? I may well have missed something. Thanks! Jytdog (talk) 14:52, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

Your own paid Wikipedia editor, the next status symbol?[edit]

Lately there's been a spate of cases where people with money are hiring their own paid editors to buff up their Wikipedia articles. Recent examples that have come up at WP:COIN include Henry Lin Yu, Lowell Milken, Michael Milken, and Jerry Yang. This may be a new status symbol. Something to watch for. (I miss the days when the big COI problem was band and DJ self promotion. Those were easier to deal with.) John Nagle (talk) 06:38, 13 December 2014 (UTC)

Old Conflict of Interest dispute[edit]

So, I found this in the 2008 presidential election section left as a comment. Looks like it's fairly old, no idea who it's by, if anyone wants to discuss it/fix it/add it/whatever, here it is:

can't see how the following is an example of COI editing: "TitianGate" was a 2009 incident in which UK leader Gordon Brown compared himself to the Italian Renaissance artist Titian who was known for his late-in-life achievements and longevity. Brown said that Titian lived until 90, which was also stated in Titian's Wikipedia article. Conservative leader David Cameron said Titian did not in fact live that long, and pointed out the event as an example Brown's tendency for inaccuracy. Shortly after Cameron's comments, Titian's article on Wikipedia was edited to reduce his age; a search of the IP address that made the edit tracked back to the Conservative Party central office.[1]

End --Padenton (talk) 03:17, 11 March 2015 (UTC)

Well covered at the time - Signpost I think, and Talk:Titian. The edits lasted about an hour. Water under the bridge now. Johnbod (talk) 04:53, 11 March 2015 (UTC)

The Babasalichai case[edit]

I wonder if the sockpuppet Babasalichai case is worthy of inclusion in this article? User:Babasalichai was a sockfarm from about 2010 to the present whose purpose was originally to spruce up the biographies of the clients of PR firm 5WPR, run by Ronn Torossian. Just yesterday, Torossian opened an account in his own name, which was immediately identified as a sock from the same farm, and was closed down. He thus confirmed that he was the puppeteer in this case.

In 2011, Babasalichai socks made a series of defamatory edits to the biographies of Shmuley Boteach and Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto. It turned out that both these people were former clients of Torossian's and had parted from the PR firm on unfriendly terms. The incident was reported in this NYTimes article and this blogpost by the left-wing Jewish organization FailedMessiah. I believe it was also picked up by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, though I can't find the reference.

In 2008, Torossian used a similar sockpuppetry tactic to support his client Agriprocessors. The story is covered in our article.

If others think this episode is worthy of inclusion, I would be glad to try to write it up. User:Diannaa (@Diannaa:) was involved in containing the sock farm, and I would especially be interested in her input. --Ravpapa (talk) 06:34, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

  1. ^ {{cite news|author=Robert Booth|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/feb/12/gordon-brown-david-cameron-titian%7Ctitle=Titian, the Tory and Wikipedia: a modern morality tale|work=The Guardian|date=2009-02-12|accessdate=2012-02-13}