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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 2108 - C7
Title of the submission

The future of paid editing: Policy and enforcement

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)


Author of the submission

User:Smallbones User:Doc James and 1 or 2 others (we're working on recruiting "pro-paid editing" panelists)

Language of presentation


E-mail address



Smallbones and Doc James

Country of origin

USA and Canada

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

English Wikipedia, Commons, WikiProject:Medicine

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Paid editing (especially undisclosed paid editing) and other types of conflict-of-interest editing remains controversial 3 years after the change to Wikimedia's terms of use requiring disclosure. This panel will discuss the future of paid editing on Wikipedia, analyze why the problems continue, discuss how it might be better managed, and what other steps might be taken to curb abuses.

  • Doc James, former WMF Board member and the best known MD among Wikipedia editors, will concentrate on paid editing and medical articles
  • Smallbones will concentrate on paid editing and non-medical businesses
  • WWB, disclosed COI editor since 2008, and president of Beutler Ink
  • we're currently looking for 1 or 2 other panelist to present on paid editing and BLPs or other areas; and somebody who has a more "pro-paid editing" point-of-view

What will attendees take away from this session?
  • Attendees should understand that the community has choices on how to deal with paid editing, what some of those choices are, and how more effective enforcement of paid editing rules might work.
Theme of presentation
  • WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
45 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)

Will be slides

Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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  1. Slowking4 (talk) 02:10, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Doc James (talk) 02:12, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Nattes à chat (talk) 11:14, 11 April 2017 (UTC) would love to participate[reply]
  4. GastelEtzwane (talk) 11:34, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  5. LaMèreVeille (talk) 15:35, 12 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Gamaliel (talk) 14:26, 13 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Katietalk 21:11, 14 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  8. GDubuc (WMF) (talk) 20:23, 1 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  9. Mkdw (talk) 03:51, 5 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]