For whatever reason, Wikipedia (WP) still ranks high in Google search results. Although Wikipedia has been losing regular editors at a fairly steady clip since 2007, its “Google-juice” ensures that it retains significant cachet in the online environment. A large number of people still apparently check Wikipedia first when inquiring about a particular topic. For this reason, activists or proponents of certain ideas, movements, philosophies, subjects, ideologies, or theories presumably have a strong interest in influencing the content of the WP articles on their topic of interest. Doing so is not always easy, because other groups with opposing viewpoints on that topic and who are active in WP may stand in the way, often enforcing the “house POV (point of view)” on that particular topic. This isn’t really fair for the outsider group. So, this post is intended as a guide to help your outside group take over the topic of your choice
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By Gregory Kohs
This blog post is one of a five-part series of investigative reports by Gregory Kohs, documenting conflicts of interest among individuals and organizations who have financial ties with the Wikimedia Foundation.
The first report is The Thin Bright line The second report is Wikipedia donors feel entitled to more than a mug or a tote bag The third report is Business as Usual The fourth report is Wikipedia’s Friends With Benefits The fifth report is Look who’s visiting the WMF
The big news recently at the Wikimedia Foundation was the announced hiring of Silicon Valley tech professional, Lila Tretikov, to replace Sue Gardner as the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF). Tretikov will take over an annual revenue stream of about $50 million, garnered almost entirely from donors who probably have no idea how little of that money actually goes toward program services that support the WMF mission. Meanwhile, the WMF
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