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Overview[edit]

What we do[edit]

This project is to discuss, raise awareness of, and hopefully address issues regarding paid advocacy editing on Wikipedia, in which people are compensated to create and edit Wikipedia articles (background: [1][2][3][4]).

Who we are[edit]

Editors who are troubled to some degree by the presence of paid advocates on the Wikipedia.

  • Some of us are opposed to paid advocates editing the Wikipedia at all, recognizing that this occurs anyway and that prohibiting would only drive it completely underground, but that this is either a net positive or worth the cost, overall.
  • Some of us are concerned about paid advocates editing the Wikipedia (at least in some cases), but feel that banning it completely would only drive it underground, and this is not an improvement. Instead, paid agents should self-identify, follow Bright Line, be watched closely, and perhaps be subject to other controls.
  • Others of us have other or more nuanced views. However, editors who believe that paid advocates are an overall net positive to the Wikipedia might consider instead working with WikiProject Cooperation, which takes more of a welcoming-and-helping stance toward paid agents. (Editors are of course invited to belong to both WikiProjects.)

What is a "paid advocate"?[edit]

Editors who are 1) editing the Wikipedia for pay (on a contract or as part of their salaried duties) and 2) editing the Wikipedia at the behest of someone else (a boss or client). To this may be added 3) to promote a particular point of view (however subtly), but generally we to assume that persons who meet criteria #1 and #2 generally must, meet #3 absent proof to the contrary.

In a nutshell, we are most often talking about either public relations (PR) agents or else employees of a corporation acting under under orders.

The following cases are not considered paid advocates, and not considered problematical, for the purposes of this project:

  • Anyone writing on their own initiative, with no direct material compensation or expectation of personal gain, even if they are technically "on the clock" somewhere. In particular, academics writing in their field of expertise (or any field), even if they are technically doing this during normal work hours and using university equipment most always qualify for this exemption.
  • Participants in the Wikipedia:GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) initiative, even if paid for editing the Wikipedia. And in most (but not necessarily all) cases, editors being paid by academic grants to contribute to the Wikipedia.
  • Editing by employees of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Anyone else who is editing the Wikipedia for pay, and editing at the behest of another person, is possibly or at least potentially a problematic paid advocate (even if working for a non-profit entity).

(We're not dogmatic about this. If, for instance, ExxonMobile was (for some reason) to hire a person to edit Byzantine Empire under the Heraclian dynasty, it's quite possible that there'd be no problem there. However, this isn't really the core of the problem we're dealing with here, and exceptions like this, as well as classes of exceptions, can be discussed and handled using reason and common sense.)

Notes[edit]

Wikipedia:Paid advocacy (WP:PAID) is currently a guideline, and suggested policy currently under discussion, as a clarification on Wikipedia:Conflict of interest (WP:COI). See also plain and simple COI help, as discussed on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Cooperation/Paid Editor Help.

Divisions Project information and scope[edit]

Founding principles[edit]

See Principles.

Goals[edit]

  • Collect material regarding paid advocacy editing on Wikipedia. A lot is written on this subject and we need to keep some of it as an easily available collective memory. Editors are encouraged to contribute links to outside articles, internal discussions and pages, and other material in the appropriate sections at the bottom of this page.
  • Develop strategies for better control of paid advocacy on Wikipedia. And/or, develop strategies for the elimination or banning of paid advocacy on Wikipedia.
  • Advocate for the better control of paid advocacy on Wikipedia. And/or, advocate for the elimination or banning of paid advocacy on Wikipedia.
  • Identify, watch, publicize, and, as needed, correct articles for which third parties are known to have engaged persons to edit in return for compensation.

Coordination IRC channel[edit]

#wikipedia-en-paw on irc.freenode.net

News and alerts[edit]

Alerts[edit]

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Articles to be checked and corrected (if required)[edit]

continued editing, thus time under company name; I blocked, and removed the advertising. Needs further watching. DGG ( talk ) 05:29, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

Other alerts[edit]

  • Solicitation on Elance for multiple Wikipedia articles. Proposed articles have questionable notability.72.37.242.21 (talk) 00:29, 8 May 2012 (UTC)
  • Paid editor hired on Elance for entrepreneur/author Tim Levy. Listing states the he wants "Wikipedia entries about me, my books and various cool projects.
  • This guy on Elance specializes in paid advocacy, so it would be helpful if his username could be found. This user was formerly User:WizardlyWho, as well as sockpuppeting under other accounts. See: Administrators' noticeboard discussion and Check User results.
    • Apparently Mercy Ministries is alleged supposedly be a PR agent client. It says so at this blog, which then points to this person at Elance, and there certainly is a lot of Wikipedia stuff there, but the support is this edit by, of all people, über-toxic editor Qworty. Well, the whole thread is here.
  • User:BoomerFoundation (now blocked) created an article Jerry Cahill (now prodded) apparently in response to this Elance posting. The Elance user account also responded to an ad requesting an administrator, and has a fair number of other Wikipedia jobs. Clearly using socks for this editing, so perhaps a checkuser investigation is warranted. On further investigation, the user is probably the client, not the elance user. Best bet is that the elance user is writing the articles for the client to upload.

Project news[edit]

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  • New name, moved from Paid Advocacy Watch.

Articles tagged as part of this project[edit]

Talk pages that include the template of the Integrity project may be viewed at Category:WikiProject Integrity articles.

Tasks[edit]

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  • We're in the process of investigating the phenomena of paid advocacy generally, so the list links to helpful internal or external material and so forth continues to be built.
  • Check articles on the Alerts list, and either remove them (if they're OK) or adopt them.
  • Additions to the Registry are welcome and needed. Editors are invited to add themselves if they qualify.
  • (Add other tasks here, or suggest below.)

See Tasks discussion section on talkpage

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Subpages[edit]

Templates[edit]

Templates[edit]

WikiProject Integrity (for article talk page)

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WikiProject Integrity
WikiProject icon This page is part of Wikiproject Integrity, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of articles on Wikipedia having edits by contributors with a monetary obligation to edit the article topic. To participate, you can edit the attached article or contribute further at WikiProject Integrity.
 
COIN usage templates

{{Connected contributor}} - for article talk page

{{COI}} - for article page

Userbox[edit]

Project userbox:
{{User:UBX/INTEGRITY}}

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Alternate project userbox, based on an earlier version:
{{User:UBX/PAIDWATCH}}

Eye-Blue.png This user is a member of the Paid Advocacy Watch Project (WP:PAIDWATCH)


Project barnstar[edit]

Suitable for awarding to anyone who has made a material contribution to the project's goals. (Improvement by better artist welcome.)
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Links[edit]

Internal links[edit]

Archives[edit]

External links[edit]

General[edit]

Pertaining specifically to paid editing of Wikipedia[edit]

Not sure about this. On the one hand, some of these links provides a kind of one-stop shop for people looking for ways to influence Wikipedia or sign on with entities that are. On the other hand, forewarned is forearmed. It's no good to blunder about in ignorance. It makes sense to us to have materials collected that would be helpful to Wikipedians wishing to consider and discuss this phenomenon.

Pertaining to the BP contretemps of 2013[edit]

These are some PR people's takes:

Forums:

Here's a couple of older links (preceding the contretemps) about BP greenwashing in general:

Pertaining to the Wiki-PR.org contretemps of 2013[edit]

External links
Internal links

Archives[edit]

Directory Directory of WikiProjects

 

Council WikiProject Council

 

Guide Guide to WikiProjects