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
…continue reading EXTRA CREAMY WIKIPEDIA – adventures in advertising
By Nathalie Collida and friends
The recent firing of Wikimedia Foundation employee Sarah Stierch, over her creation of Wikipedia articles for pay, highlights the Wikimedia movement’s inconsistent and often hypocritical attitude towards so-called “conflict-of-interest” editing and the way Wikipedia insiders and outsiders are held to different standards. L’affaire Stierch led our editorial team to uncover how some of the Wikipedia community’s more prominent members engaged in promotional activities that are nominally considered unethical among the encyclopaedia’s volunteer contributors. It also raises the question just how much the Wikimedia Foundation’s actions are governed by PR considerations, rather than a genuine desire to promote responsible curation of its sites.
A very Wikipedia career
Sarah Stierch has been a popular Wikipedia participant and administrator. As one of the site’s few high-visibility women, she managed to forge a career out of her Wikipedia-related activities. A contributor since 2004, Stierch became the foremost and most successful advocate for improving Wikipedia’s
…continue reading From Wikipedia poster woman to black sheep. The Sarah Stierch story.