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  • We exist to shine the light of scrutiny into the dark crevices of Wikipedia and its related projects; to examine the corruption there, along with its structural flaws; and to inoculate the unsuspecting public against the torrent of misinformation, defamation, and general nonsense that issues forth from one of the world’s most frequently visited websites, the “encyclopedia that anyone can edit.”
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Press Releases

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Why do people contribute to Wikipedia?

By Andreas Kolbe

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The other day, a contributor to question-and-answer site Quora asked: “Why did people create huge, comprehensive websites like Wikipedia for free?”

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, a frequent and well-loved commenter on Quora (as well as an investor in the site), left a short reply that had no difficulty establishing itself as the most popular answer: “Because it’s awesome.” It was an astute piece of cheerleading from Wales – and it worked. His one-liner received over 1,800 upvotes.

Wikipedia is funded by donations from the public (nearly $50 million in the last accounting year, an almost ten-fold increase over takings five years ago), and much of its PR work relies on feel-good messages. Wales has made a living from supplying them. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement: Wales makes a good income from his speaking fees – typically over $70,000 per event, according to the New York Times

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All Ur 28bytes R belong to us

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By the Masked Maggot

It’s been an interesting week in Wikiland, and in Wikipediocracy country too!

It all started several weeks ago during the ARBCOM elections. Early on, there were some seriously odd characters running for the seats, and not many others. Several folks on the Wikipediocracy forums suggested that “one of us” should run, and it turns out that one did, though we didn’t know it at the time. Not only did he run, but he won, and won with the most support of any of the candidates.

About a week and a half ago, our superb team of investigators figured out who 28bytes is in “real life”. His identity (or “dox”, though it wasn’t really his dox) appeared on the public forum briefly, but was taken out of sight for a while at his request. He briefly considered “coming out” here on our blog, but decided that

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Jimbo, Alfresco, Oh no!

By Gregory Kohs

On Tuesday, November 5th, partly cloudy skies, windy gusts, and cool temperatures will engulf Barcelona, Spain, as Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales delivers a paid keynote speech to a conference of information technologists, meeting at the Alfresco Summit. What Jimbo will be leaving in his rear-view mirror are the heated arguments taking place on Wikipedia, regarding a controversy about purportedly 250 “sockpuppet” editor accounts that stand accused of conflict-of-interest and paid advocacy editing. (The story was broken by Simon Owens at The Daily Dot.) That news spawned coverage in over 100 different media outlets, including TIME, BBC News, and Wall Street Journal. Many of the follow-up articles focused on concerns that Wikipedia is doomed, with “editor churn” a growing and intractable problem, and questions arising about whether an “anyone can edit” model can ever produce a truly neutral and reliable reference. Maybe Jimmy Wales’ prophecy is coming true, where he said, “Given

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