Critical issues presentations/Found in Translation: Comparing paid editing policies in the top Wikipedia language editions
- Submission no. 217
- Title of the submission
Found in Translation: Comparing paid editing policies in the top Wikipedia language editions
- Author of the submission
- William Beutler
- Andrew Lih
- Country of origin
United States of America; United States of America
How consistent or varied are paid editing policies across Wikipedia's different language editions? This presentation describes what we found when we looked at the top 30 language communities in Wikipedia and how this might help communities chart a future path for their paid editing policies.
However, considerably less attention has focused on how non-English language editions handle the same set of circumstances. Community members who contribute only in English may be wholly unaware of how some European language editions, particularly German and Italian, have taken a different path. And many typical English Wikipedia editors may be astonished to learn that, in some cases, shared accounts named for a company are not only permitted, they are actually encouraged.
Until now, a complete global view of Wikipedia's COI rules has been spotty and anecdotal. This presentation summarizes a research project inspired by a discussion session at Wikimania 2015 and conducted by the authors in 2015 and 2016 to survey the COI rules in the top 30 language editions. This proposal represents the complete study previewed at the 2015 WikiConference USA in Washington, DC.
Interested attendees and comments
Notes: Survey available at bit.ly/wp-coi-survey