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Microsoft Tries Wiki-ola in Wikipedia ODF/OOXML Articles

Jan 24, 2007, 14:00 (8 Talkback[s])

AP/Raleigh News & Observer: Microsoft Tries to Tweak Wikipedia

"Microsoft landed in the Wikipedia doghouse after it offered to pay a blogger to change technical articles on the community-produced encyclopedia site.

"Although Wikipedia is known as the encyclopedia that anyone can tweak, founder Jimmy Wales and his cadre of volunteer editors, writers and moderators have blocked public-relations firms, campaign workers and anyone else perceived as having a conflict of interest from posting entries. So paying for Wikipedia copy is a definite no-no..."

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O'Reilly XML.com: An Interesting Offer: Get Paid to Contribute to Wikipedia

"As a regular participant at ISO standards, on and off for more than a decade at my own expense, it has always frustrated me that the big companies would not come to the table and make use of ISO's facilities. So I am a big fan of the Mass. governments push that governments should use standard formats only. I know some of the ODF people, I had some nice emails with the ODF editor over Christmas for example, and Jon Bosak asked me to join the original ODF initiative at OASIS (I couldn't due to time, unfortunately.)

"So I was a little surprised to receive email a couple of days ago from Microsoft saying they wanted to contract someone independent but friendly (me) for a couple of days to provide more balance on Wikipedia concerning ODF/OOXML. I am hardly the poster boy of Microsoft partisanship! Apparently they are frustrated at the amount of spin from some ODF stakeholders on Wikipedia and blogs..."

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