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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RE: This is crazy...
by ari-free on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 07:56 UTC in reply to "This is crazy..."
ari-free
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2007-01-22

I don't see it as unethical. I see it as yet another example of why wikipedia shouldn't be automatically trusted as a source of information. It's a dump-not an encyclopedia. Sometimes it gets cleaned and then messed up again.

I think the dmoz.org model would make more sense. Want to submit a change? Pass it through a volunteer editor(s) first and they will write it up.

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RE[2]: This is crazy...
by Cloudy on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 09:49 in reply to "RE: This is crazy..."
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2006-02-15

I see it as yet another example of why wikipedia shouldn't be automatically trusted as a source of information.

No source should be automatically trusted. Even Cloudy makes mistakes.

wikipedia is a secondary source, often tertiary, and should always be treated as any secondary source is treated: as good for a gloss, provisional, and likely wrong for any of a number of reasons, mostly innocent.

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