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Proposed amendment to terms of use re Paid contributions:

You will find an introduction to the question and the proposal from the Wikimedia Foundation Legal Department below.
This proposed amendment will be available for discussion for at least thirty days (until March 21, 2014), and then it may be presented to the Wikimedia Foundation Board for approval and adoption.
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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

    by Just Bob on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 09:46:51 PM PST

  •  At least on English Wikipedia (3+ / 0-)
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    Just Bob, lotlizard, kkkkate

    this basically gives slightly more teeth to what's been a guideline for a while. There's a whole noticeboard for investigating possible paid (or otherwise conflicted) contributions and (if necessary) blocking people for doing it.

    warning: snark probably above

    by NE2 on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 10:43:58 PM PST

  •  doesn't go far enough (6+ / 0-)

    A statement on a user page OR the talk page OR on an edit summary?  Needs to be on the wiki page itself, even if just as a note at the bottom of the page. How many people go to the user page, the talk page or view an edit summary?  

    Transparency means that everyone knows without having to jump through hoops to find out. Wiki is to be commended for at least doing this much (a rarity in the media world) but it still isn't enough, IMO.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 10:57:58 PM PST

    •  Tell them. This is your chance. n/t (4+ / 0-)
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      BMScott, kkkkate, NonnyO, dougymi

      I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

      by Just Bob on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 11:01:35 PM PST

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    •  The idea is that other editors (4+ / 0-)
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      kkkkate, Just Bob, dougymi, Bluefin

      will be checking these edits, and if they're OK, there won't be any problems needing to be warned about. On important articles such as Teabaggers there will probably be many people watching. On others there may not be (though I think on articles about living people they've implemented something where an edit by a new editor gets put in a holding pen to be reviewed).

      warning: snark probably above

      by NE2 on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 11:51:24 PM PST

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  •  be nice to see some legal convictions (1+ / 0-)
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    It'd it be nice to see some of the "guerilla marketers" out there busted for deceptive business practices.

    And then, there's the paid political operatives and phoney astroturf...

  •  How can you tell though? (1+ / 0-)
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    I've occasionally edited a Wikipedia page.  How would they know if I am being paid to do it?

  •  Lots of money devoted to turning the Internet (2+ / 0-)
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    Just Bob, Woody

    into the new mass media for shaping consumer behavior and political opinion. This market has the potential to dwarf traditional media.

    The Internet is going to need to evolve an extremely robust "immune system" against the corrupting influences of money and the security state to continue to function as anything different from the mass media of the past.

    On its side, the Internet has scale -- a scale so large it has seemed it would be impossible to tame the beast. Yet the gradual loss of net neutrality, the loss of all privacy both to Web 2.0 corporations and the NSA, and the growing use of commercial and political manipulation of social media, product reviews, Wikipedia, etc. are all infecting the Internet with the tendrils of entrenched Ownership. Earlier efforts, such as Murdoch's failed attempt to astroturf the web with MySpace, were on too small a scale to have any effect.

    What is needed is armies of workers devoted to content generation in the services of corporations and governments. The Chinese government showed the way with its 50 cent Party which is becoming the model for how to control the web.

    American Presidents: 43 men, 0 women. Ready for Hillary

    by atana on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 11:38:32 AM PDT

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