Why the idea of paid entries annoys Wikipedia - There has been controversy in the past with people being paid to create entries on Wikipedia for corporate entities; a notable incident involved Microsoft paying a blogger to edit technical articles. This article ponders the question, "Why is it so bad to pay someone to write something on Wikipedia?" For example, MyWikiBiz, a service that offered to write Wikipedia articles for businesses, was stopped in its tracks by Jimbo Wales and the changing conflict of interest policy. Despite its apparent similarities with Wikipedia's own reward board, Wales' opinion is that it is "antithetical", and even though people are probably doing similar editing surreptitiously, it is not behaviour that should be encouraged or sanctioned. However, he admits that "It's all tricky, you know".
Wikipedia's Wales Goes To Africa To Encourage Participation - Jimbo Wales attended workshops in South Africa to promote the local-language editions of Wikipedia. While the Afrikaans edition has around 7000 articles, other languages only have about 100 articles. Wales gave a keynote at a Wikipedia Academy, which is co-hosted by iCommons; workshops show attendees how to edit Wikipedia. Wales commented that having Wikipedias in more African languages would "enable speakers of those languages to more actively participate in the global exchange of knowledge. Additionally, it may, in a small way, help to preserve those languages."
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