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Government and Wikipedia: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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Published on March 1, 2009

Author: williambeutler

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Presentation delivered at TransparencyCamp09 about government edits to Wikipedia, with tips for getting started and round-up of tools for transparency.
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Transparency Camp 2009 William Beutler Government + Wikipedia: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Innovation Manager, Public Affairs

What Wikipedia really is The happy go-lucky PR speak: “ the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” The behind-the-scenes description: “ a neutral and unbiased compilation of previously written, verifiable facts.” A more realistic view: an often useful but frequently complicated and sometimes unreliable place to start doing research. Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

The happy go-lucky PR speak:

“ the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit.”

The behind-the-scenes description:

“ a neutral and unbiased compilation of

previously written, verifiable facts.”

A more realistic view:

an often useful but frequently

complicated and sometimes

unreliable place to start

doing research.

Wikipedia is the most important reference site in the world Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

Oh noes! You’ve been caught! Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

WikiScanner: An important tool, but offers no conclusions Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

The dogma vs. the guidelines “ A dogma has developed … that suggests it is inappropriate for anyone to write about themselves or anything they are personally involved with … the presumption seems to be that if an original source adds something to a Wikipedia entry, it must be false or spun or have some hidden agenda.” – Blogger and consultant Rex Hammock, January 2007 “ [F]or every dodgy [edit] there are many, many more uncontroversial edits where people at the BBC have added information or changed a detail in good faith. The scanner also shows the same kind of results for a wide variety of other media organisations.“ – BBC's Head of Interactive News, Pete Clifton, August 2007 Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

“ A dogma has developed … that suggests it is inappropriate for anyone to write about themselves or anything they are personally involved with … the presumption seems to be that if an original source adds something to a Wikipedia entry, it must be false or spun or have some hidden agenda.”

– Blogger and consultant Rex Hammock, January 2007

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

Going about it the wrong way Former Rep. Gil Gutknecht gets off on the right foot… Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

Former Rep. Gil Gutknecht gets off on the right foot…

Going about it the wrong way … but somewhere along the line, it all goes wrong big-time. Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

… but somewhere along the line, it all goes wrong big-time.

Or the really wrong way Virginia Delegate Dave Albo won’t take “stop” for an answer… Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

Virginia Delegate Dave Albo won’t take “stop” for an answer…

On the bubble Former Rep. Marty Meehan was pretty close: Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

Former Rep. Marty Meehan was pretty close:

A better way to go about it Written by campaign volunteer, with relationship disclosed Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

Written by campaign volunteer, with relationship disclosed

Getting Started Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

Create a [[WP:ACCOUNT]] for crying out loud “ If you are not logged in, all your edits are publicly associated with your IP address at the time of that edit.” According to WikiScanner creator Virgil Griffith, 21% of Wikipedia edits are anonymous Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

“ If you are not logged in, all your edits are publicly associated with your IP address at the time of that edit.”

Mixed signals in the [[WP:COI]] guideline? “ Editing in the interests of public relations is particularly frowned upon. This includes, but is not limited to, edits made by public relations departments of corporations or governmental entities … with the sole intent of improving that organization's image.” Compare To “ Who has written the material should be irrelevant so long as these policies are closely adhered to.” Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

“ Editing in the interests of public relations is particularly frowned upon. This includes, but is not limited to, edits made by public relations departments of corporations or governmental entities … with the sole intent of improving that organization's image.”

Compare To

“ Who has written the material should be irrelevant so long as these policies are closely adhered to.”

Learn the [[WP:COI]] facts “ Where advancing outside interests is more important to an editor than advancing the aims of Wikipedia, that editor stands in a conflict of interest.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Conflict_of_interest Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

“ Where advancing outside interests is more important to an editor than advancing the aims of Wikipedia, that editor stands in a conflict of interest.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Conflict_of_interest

Learn the policies and guidelines Approx. 50 mandatory policies, 150 pretty mandatory guidelines Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

No Original Research: Have citations for everything – or it probably won’t stick. Verifiability: Those citations must be high quality – no blogs (usually). Neutral Point of View: No press release language or marketing-speak allowed. Start with the three primary content rules Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

No Original Research: Have citations for everything – or it probably won’t stick.

Verifiability: Those citations must be high quality – no blogs (usually).

Neutral Point of View: No press release language or marketing-speak allowed.

Non-controversial edits you can always make Removing spam and reverting vandalism . Deleting content that violates Wikipedia's biography of living persons policy. Fixing spelling and grammar errors. Reverting or removing their own COI edits. Cleaning up your own mess is allowed and encouraged. Making edits that have been agreed to on the talk page . Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

Removing spam and reverting vandalism .

Deleting content that violates Wikipedia's biography of living persons policy.

Fixing spelling and grammar errors.

Reverting or removing their own COI edits. Cleaning up your own mess is allowed and encouraged.

Making edits that have been agreed to on the talk page .

But you can encourage controversial edits “ Those who feel the need to make controversial edits, in spite of a real or perceived conflict of interest, are strongly encouraged to submit proposed edits for review on the article's talk page along with a {{Request edit}} tag to attract users to review the edit.” {{Request edit}} (should get you the attention you need) Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

“ Those who feel the need to make controversial edits, in spite of a real or perceived conflict of interest, are strongly encouraged to submit proposed edits for review on the article's talk page along with a {{Request edit}} tag to attract users to review the edit.”

Transparency Tools Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

WikiRage and Popular Pages shows most edits, page views http://www.wikirage.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Popular_pages Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

http://www.wikirage.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Popular_pages

WikiDashboard shows an article’s top editors and patterns http://tinyurl.com/wikidashboard Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

http://tinyurl.com/wikidashboard

Edit Counter analyzes history of a single account http://tinyurl.com/soxrededitcounter Also try: Interiot’s “Wannabe Kate” Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

http://tinyurl.com/soxrededitcounter

Also try: Interiot’s “Wannabe Kate”

WikiBlame tells who added – or removed – a given phrase http://tinyurl.com/wikiblame Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

http://tinyurl.com/wikiblame

The Future: Wikitrust, APIs, and who knows what else? http://tinyurl.com/wikitrust Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

http://tinyurl.com/wikitrust

Guess who’s still editing Wikipedia? IP “user” 143.231.249.141 – aka the U.S. House of Representatives -- is more active than most Wikipedians: Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

IP “user” 143.231.249.141 – aka the U.S. House of Representatives -- is more active than most Wikipedians:

Thank You! Questions? Contact info: Wikipedia: User:WWB & User:NMS_Bill Twitter: @williambeutler Blog P.I.: http://blogpi.net The Wikipedian: http:// thewikipedian.net E-mail: [email_address] Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

Contact info:

Wikipedia: User:WWB & User:NMS_Bill

Twitter: @williambeutler

Blog P.I.: http://blogpi.net

The Wikipedian: http:// thewikipedian.net

E-mail: [email_address]

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