Wikipedia talk:Best practices for editors with close associations

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I didn't see an example of a conflict-of-interest statement on a user page in this best-practices discussion. I think it would be useful to offer examples because the issue is so common: the things a person knows are often closely linked to the things the person has a strong opinion about. I believe it is not feasible for editors to avoid every conflict of interest nor for them to identify and articulate every conflict-of-interest on article talk pages. So I've started a generic conflict-of-interest section at the bottom of my userpage. It's an experiment. Mine is an easy case and there's no need for most others to go that far. Still, it's a good practice/technology to work out. Any advice or other examples? -- Econterms (talk) 02:49, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

I have a conflict of interest statement on my userpage as well. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 01:36, 15 August 2011 (UTC)


In the last couple of years, the community practice has changed. We're now more concerned about hidden COIs and less concerned about the "promotional" effect of someone saying who they work for in their usernames. "Microsoft" is still a banned username, but "Joe at Microsoft" is not. We have many dozens, if not hundreds, of good editors who include a product name or a company name as part of their username. As the example, I've given one of the most extensively discussed username changes (from "Alcoa", which is a clear problem, to "Mark at Alcoa", which is not). WhatamIdoing (talk) 18:21, 16 September 2011 (UTC)