Submissions:2015/Interaction with article-subjects
- Data-based approach to article-subject participation
- Type of submission
- David King
- E-mail address
- Ethical Wiki
Members of the public relations community have advocated at several conferences, the press and elsewhere that article-subjects do not have a conflict of interest, because they share the same objectives as Wikipedia for a neutral, accurate, complete article. Many editors in turn express frustrations with an unmanageable volume of promotional or misleading self-interested editing.
In practice circumstances of self-interested editing vary dramatically from case to case. Calls for data that would promote more informed discussion about a diverse range of cases have gone unanswered. There are difficulties in obtaining data, because so much conflicted editing is not disclosed. Data about the usefulness of their edits, whether they are acting in good faith, and other characteristics are not easily measured.
In this presentation, Ethical Wiki will share data aggregated from more than 100 assessments provided to article-subjects that inquired about paid editing services over a one year period. Ethical Wiki has unique access to this data that would be exceptionally difficult for the volunteer community to obtain. Each data point is based on an audit of the available source material, phone interviews with the article-subject's representatives, as well as their stated objectives and desired edits during the assessment period.
Though this data would not stand against scientific scrutiny, due to a limited sample size and selection bias, it provides a reasonable basis for estimating the ratio at which different circumstances occur. It answers questions like how likely a conflicted editor is to make useful edits, how often they are acting in good or bad faith, and how often their objectives really are aligned with Wikipedia's. King will discuss options for improving how a diverse range of cases are handled and his approach for persuading article-subjects to abstain, while helping those that should be helped.
- Length of presentation
30 minutes; 15 for presentation and 15 for discussion
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