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IBM Employees Caught Editing Wikipedia 112

Posted by timothy
from the primary-sources dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Corporate employees editing Wikipedia articles about themselves or their employers sometimes commit major violations of Wikipedia's "bright line" against paid editing, devised by Jimbo Wales himself, to prevent 'COI' editing. (Consider the recent flap over the firm Wiki-PR's activities, for example.) Yet the Wikipediocracy website, run by critics of Wikipedia management, has just published an article about IBM employees editing Wikipedia articles. Not only is such editing apparently commonplace, it's being badly done as well. And most bizarrely, one of the IBM employees is a Wikipedia administrator, who is married to another Wikipedia administrator. She works on the Watson project, which uses online databases to build its AI system....including the full text of Wikipedia." Reading about edit wars is also far more informative (if less entertaining) than reading the edit wars themselves.
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IBM Employees Caught Editing Wikipedia

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @12:04PM (#46218169)

    But as long as they are not deleting facts they don't like...

    That's exactly what they're doing.

  • by qbzzt (11136) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @12:56PM (#46218733)

    This is pretty much IBM's policy. We're allowed to post about IBM, provided what we post is:

    1. Non confidential (I can't tell you about the time machine we're building in the basement in Austin)
    2. Not damaging (I am not allowed to be defamatory, for example - although I will say all of HP's employees who are black with yellow polka dots are habitual liars)
    3. Clearly stated to be the opinion of a specific IBM employee, rather than the IBM corporation

    It would be silly not to let IBM employees, for example, post about mainframes. A lot of the world's mainframe expertise is at IBM.

    Disclaimer: I am an IBM employee, but these are my own opinions. They do not reflect the opinions of the IBM corporation in any way, shape, or form. Considering that IBM is not a natural person, I'm not sure if it even has opinions, beyond "money coming in good, money going out bad".

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