Category Archives: Administrator

French Wikipedians discuss conflict of interest, paid editing

Editor’s note: Readers of this blog may be familiar with the ongoing controversies around paid editing on the English language Wikipedia. (See here for our past writings on the topic.) Wikipedia editors struggle with a number of issues around paid … Continue reading

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Superprotect removed: A milestone, and what it means

Yesterday the Superprotect user right, which I have long opposed, was removed from Wikimedia’s servers. In announcing the removal, the Wikimedia Foundation characterized Superprotect  — accurately and appropriately, I would say — as having “set up a precedent of mistrust” among … Continue reading

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When “experimentation” is no such thing

When widespread problems take hold, it’s worthwhile to seek out what “innovations” have worked to combat them. Take, for instance, gender imbalance and general incivility in the comment sections of online news outlets: Researcher Fiona Martin dug into the issue … Continue reading

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Steward elections

My friend Chris, who is an occasional — but not obsessive — Wikipedian,​ recently noted how challenging it can be to track the various elections and so forth in the Wikipedia world. This was, I think, a very astute observation … Continue reading

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Not for sale: Administrative services

In Part 1 of this blog series on Wikipedia ethics, I explored the general principles that guide our work, and how we advise our clients in Wikipedia engagement; and I gave a bunch of links to our past writings, and … Continue reading

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