Microsoft Offers Cash For Correcting Wikipedia Articles

Jan 25, 2007 | 2,479 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Microsoft felt that there were some mistakes in the technical articles of Wikipedia. Consequently, the company offered cash to a blogger Rick Jelliffe for editing the article. But  paying for Wikipedia copy is not allowed as the founder Jimmy Wales and his volunteer editors, moderators and writers do not allow public-relations firms, workers or anyone else from posting  slanting or fluff  entries which can lead to conflict of interests.

Microsoft has agreed that it had taken such a step but also gives the justification that it was not able to mark the purported mistakes to the volunteer editors of Wikipedia. This lead them to take services of an  independent expert who could tell that whether changes were important and post them on the encyclopedia site. 

Spokeswoman of Microsoft  Catherine Brooker said that company had never taken services of anyone for changing any article of Wikipedia. Also the company and the blogger had not decided the sum of money and  no payment was made to Rick Jelliffe. Jelliffe works with a computing company of Australia as a chief technical officer. He said that he does not work with Microsoft but is a technical standards aficionado and only took the offer as he wanted that  technical standards processes should be described perfectly. 

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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