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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ari-free
Member since:
2007-01-22

"It happens, but it usually doesn't work, because of the nature of Wikipedia itself. Vandalism (which is much more common than outright disinformation), falsohoods and strong POVs are usually quickly spotted by other volunteers, who revert the inaccuracies. "

it's the subtle spin that I'm more concerned about.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"it's the subtle spin that I'm more concerned about."

It's a good thing it is completely impossible for them to add any subtle spins already since, you know, it is just not possible for an MS employee to create an account and do just that.

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archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

it's the subtle spin that I'm more concerned about.

Right...but then again, every time someone makes a change, everyone watching the page can check it out. It usually limits abuse.

I'm sure MS would like to change many things in Wikipedia, like when they brought a video to the antitrust trials that was later shown to be fake, or the article on astroturfing...but MS doesn't get to control our consensual reality (though I have the feeling that some posters on OSNews would be just fine with that!)

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