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Wikimedia Foundation’s new VP of Engineering introduces himself

By Stanistani, with additional reporting from Nathalie Collida

Recently Wikipedia’s parent organization, the Wikimedia Foundation, selected a new VP of Engineering, Texas University Computer Science graduate Damon Sicore. This may well mark a watershed in the WMF’s recruiting practices for its software team, given that until recently, a commitment to spending large amounts of time on Wikipedia was often deemed a more important qualification than actual professional training and experience. Some of the high-profile software hires at the WMF were not sourced from the considerable talent pool in the Bay Area, but from much farther afield. James Forrester, the product manager for the troubled VisualEditor, is a British Politics graduate and former civil servant who has been editing Wikipedia since 2002. Oliver Keyes, another British import, has a degree in Law but is employed as a “research analyst” for the WMF, with a special focus on Flow, a discussion system with severe teething problems. Another long-term Wikipedian, Ukraine-born Maryana Pynchuk, holds various degrees in Eastern European languages and literature. Yet, at the WMF, she earns her keep as a product manager for mobile web communications.

Damon Sicore, on the other hand, is not only local and without a prior history of editing Wikipedia, he also has impressive credentials, including six years as Vice President of Engineering at Mozilla, the corporation most famous for its Firefox web browser. But in spite of his wealth of professional experience, he got off to an awkward start by quoting Che Guevara, the controversial Argentinian/Cuban guerrilla leader, as an inspiration for Damon’s Call to Action. Okay, we all have different heroes.

A few days later, Mr. Sicore held what were whimsically described as ‘office hours’ using the ancient Internet Relay Chat (IRC) system.

If you comb through the logons, logoffs, dropped connections, miscues and other

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Announcing Wikipediocracy’s Student Microgrant Program

Beginning June 1, 2014, Wikipediocracy will launch a $1,000 microgrant program that is intended to fund the news reporting efforts of college journalism students. Qualifying applicants will submit short proposals describing how they would write provocative news stories about Wikipedia, with an emphasis on unexplored and innovative topic areas that have been neglected heretofore by the mainstream news media.

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In the past 30 days, there have been over 800 news stories that mention “Wikipedia” in the body of the article, and over 150 have mentioned the “Wikimedia Foundation” in the copy. In numerous cases, mainstream journalists (from Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Salon, Fox News, Daily Dot, The Register, and others) have cooperated extensively with Wikipediocracy to inspire or inform their published works about Wikipedia. Obviously, Wikipedia and the governing charity organization that runs its servers are popular fodder for journalists to write about.

But at Wikipediocracy, where we tend to take a more critical view of some of the supposed wonders of crowdsourced “free” knowledge and of the governance practices of the Wikimedia Foundation, we are concerned that today’s field of journalism frequently paints an unrealistically rosy picture of Wikipedia. As one example, we see many journalists complete an interview with Jimmy Wales, republishing word-for-word what his public relations handlers would be pleased to see, without supplying even a single voice in counterpoint that might dispute what Wales professes to be truth.

Wikipediocracy is networking with university professors in Journalism and related fields (e.g., English or Creative Writing), to inform their undergraduate classes of this extra-curricular opportunity to earn $50 per news story, with another chance to win a $300 grand prize, or $100 runner-up prizes, for the “best in class” news articles submitted during the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Selling Wikipedia By The Pound

 

By Delicious Carbuncle

 

See also Cover-up begins in Wikipedia’s Gibraltar scandal and Why there is no end to the Gibraltarpedia scandal – or Jimmy Wales’ silence.

 

It is October 2010. You are watching two middle-aged men give a presentation to CIPR, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. The men are Andrew Turvey and Steve Virgin. At that time, both are Trustees of Wikimedia UK. The presentation is called “What is your Wikipedia strategy?”. On the screen, an artlessly assembled Powerpoint slide entitled “Contributions as ‘soft’ advertising” poses a question to the assembled PR professionals: Imagine having your client’s name on the Front Page of the world’s fifth website?

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Jump ahead two years to the present day. There has been some bad press about Wikipedia’s Gibraltarpedia project lately, most recently about the number of “did you know” entries about Gibraltar appearing on Wikipedia’s front page. A debate has been raging on Wikipedia for the past month about those DYKs, as they are known. They stopped temporarily when someone first pointed out the flood of Gibraltarpedia DYKs and the involvement of Roger Bamkin (at that time both a WMUK Trustee and a paid consultant to the Government of Gibraltar). Imagine having your client’s name on the world’s fifth most visited website. Now imagine having it there 15 or 20 times a month.

The Billion Pound Product In the 2012 WMUK Annual Report, Roger Bamkin says: Quote: Wikimedia has enabled me to meet some wonderful people and QRpedia has put me into contact with enthusiasts around

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