Talk:Yale University Press

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Peacock terms, advertising style, possible conflict of interest[edit]

Much of this article seems to have written by users who are more familiar with the advertising-like style of company press releases than with the sober, factual tone of encyclopedias in general, and Wikipedia in particular. Before extolling the supposedly superior qualities of this company by using all kinds of vague, boasting adjectives like "leading", "prestigious", "innovative" etc., please read WP:PEACOCK.

Also problematic with regard to Wikipedia's neutral point of view policy is the common advertising technique of selectively quoting the most positive comments about a product or company (cf. blurb), as it has been done in the lede of this article with an enthusiastic seven-year-old claim by Ken Baker ("unchallenged lead" etc.), taken straight from the company's promotional material.

Because the user name of the author of large parts of the text matches the name of a person who describes himself online as having been "Publishing and Online Marketing Coordinator" at Yale University Press at the time of the edit, I would also like to point to WP:COI, and am tagging this article as needing review of possible conflict of interest editing issues.

Regards, HaeB (talk) 19:07, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

  • After pruning the article, I am satisfied that it's clean enough now to remove the peacock tag. Also, I left a "Welcome-COI" template on the talk page of the editor you referred to, but it's worthwhile noting that they edited the article only once, many moons ago; I am confident that a COI right now is not a problem, and I'm removing that tag as well--it can be reinstated if issues arise. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 15:55, 18 February 2011 (UTC)