Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 23:27 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Microsoft "So I was a little surprised to receive email a couple of days ago from Microsoft saying they wanted to contract someone independent but friendly (me) for a couple of days to provide more balance on Wikipedia concerning ODF/OOXML. I am hardly the poster boy of Microsoft partisanship! Apparently they are frustrated at the amount of spin from some ODF stakeholders on Wikipedia and blogs. I think I'll accept it: FUD enrages me and MS certainly are not hiring me to add any pro-MS FUD, just to correct any errors I see." So basically, it seems as if Microsoft is trying to 'hire' people to edit Wikipedia.
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anarchy in action
by ari-free on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 04:06 UTC
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2007-01-22

Microsoft will pay for pro-Microsoft spin, competitors edit back. Back and forth. Spin and spin back. In the end, will wikipedia have any value to the users?

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RE: anarchy in action
by DigitalAxis on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 05:29 in reply to "anarchy in action"
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2005-08-28

That's what I'm afraid of. Forget Microsoft, forget OOXML/ODF/Linux/Windows... What becomes of Wikipedia in general if/when/now that these things happen?

I read the article about accuracy someone linked to, and I think THAT is the way to go- at least have some deference to experts in the field.
(Who's an expert? How do you tell? To be perfectly honest I haven't worked that out too well)

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RE[2]: anarchy in action
by Soulbender on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 06:05 in reply to "RE: anarchy in action"
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2005-08-18

"What becomes of Wikipedia in general if/when/now that these things happen?"

There's no way we can now that it is not already happening.

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