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What can fact checkers learn from Wikipedia — How not to do things, perhaps?

Wikipedia editor Kingsindian looks at the loose relationship between Wikipedia’s self-image and its reality, then examines the process by which articles are created.

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Another wiki-day, another wiki-dollar

File:USPS mailbox.jpgThis week we present an open letter from one of our forum members, Mason (known as “28bytes” on Wikipedia).

Jonathan E. Hochman is the founder of a marketing business specializing in search engine optimization. He is also a long-term Wikipedia participant (since 2005!) and an administrator on the site, where he contributes under the name of “Jehochman”. As he states on his personal Wikipedia profile page, Hochman does not “edit” on behalf of his clients. But truth, on Wikipedia, is in the eye of the beholder. Hochman may not create or contribute to articles about his customers on Wikipedia *now*, but as the following will show, he has done so on numerous occasions in the distant and not so distant past.

28bytes, as the reader may recall, was the most popular candidate in last year’s elections to Wikipedia’s supreme and far from uncontroversial decision-making body, the site’s “Arbitration Committee”. He resigned after having been criticized (especially by Jehochman) about also having an account here on Wikipediocracy, as well as having edited some articles he had a close connection with.

We’d also like to give a hat tip to Mila, who did a lot of research to bring this topic to light. You can see her forum post about Jehochman here.

AN OPEN LETTER TO JEHOCHMAN

Dear Mr. Hochman,

I am sure you recall leaving a message on my talk page six weeks ago asking that I resign from the arbitration committee for not disclosing to the Wikipedia community that I had (and have) an account here on Wikipediocracy. This was one of about two dozen messages you left on my talk page within a period of a few hours, many of which made the claim that not disclosing this fact was

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EXTRA CREAMY WIKIPEDIA – adventures in advertising

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Yogurt.

By Nathalie Collida and Andreas Kolbe

You wouldn’t think of Wikipedia as an “extra creamy” website, but that is the term that professional Wikipedia writing company Wiki-PR, recently banned from Wikipedia, used on its website to advertise its services. In what appears at first glance like a badly written article on the history and various uses of yogurt, the narrative then takes an abrupt turn. It reads like this:

Yogurt is of foodstuff whose origins are shrouded in the mists of time. While there is no exact record as to when milk was first fermented into its yoghurt form, there is evidence from as early as 2000 BC of yogurt being produced and eaten.

In the present day, yogurt is available in an array of varieties and flavors. By utilizing different milks it has been possible to meet all kinds of specific dietary need. For those who are trying to lose weight, low calorie options are available, providing a sweet and healthy treat with which to end a meal.

As a dairy product manufacturer is vital that customers have access to accurate and unbiased information about both your brand ethos and your commitment to high quality production. A straightforward way to get this message across to consumers is to make a Wikipedia page. Utilizing the enormous popularity of Wikipedia means that you can easily and simply convey essential information about your company and your products in a format that is widely recognized and easily understood.

For many businesses, the question of how to get on Wikipedia can be troublesome to resolve. Wikipedia has a number of rules and guidelines that are designed to oversee who and what qualifies for a page of their own. Attempts to create a page

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