Rules on Paid Wikipedia Editing


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Is Paid Editing allowed on Wikipedia?

Yes

Are you breaking any Wikipedia rules if you are involved in paid Wikipedia editing?

No

Paid Editing Explained

Paid Wikipedia editing is fast becoming the ideal way for businesses and notable individuals to manage articles about themselves or their organisations. Paid editing has been frowned upon by leading Wikipedians for a number of years.

However Wikipedia as a whole doesn’t seem to agree. The Wikipedia community has had at least 3 polies put forward on whether paid editing should be outlawed on Wikipedia to date, and all 3 were voted against. Instead, Wikipedia have created a list of complex rules, used to manage paid editors and those making paid edits. These rules are advisory and as an ethical company, we always abide by these rules when making live edits on Wikipedia.

We strongly advise that any company considering paid editing uses an ethical paid editing company, such as Wizards of Wiki.

Summary of Wikipedia Paid Editing Rules

Currently the rules on paid editing are more advisory than set rules you must follow. The main rules a company or person looking for a paid editor needs to pay attention to is the Conflict of Interest and Neutral Point of View laws.

Conflict on Interest refers to the user making the edits having an interest in the subject away from the article itself (such as an employee or paid editor). This one of the only places paid editors are discussed stating they are “very strongly discouraged” against making edits on their own work.

Secondly is the Neutral Point of View law. When a user is actively using Wikipedia to promote a subject, it is easy to put a biased article together. By using an experienced paid editor, any neutral point of view problem can be avoided.


Paid Editing Pitfalls

While paid Wikipedia editing isn’t against the rules, some editors do take exception to it. We’ve known editors have their entire history of work checked over and re-edited, because they have been discovered as a paid editor. This is one of the main drawbacks against using paid editors, especially if they are acting alone (such as freelance writers). If they are caught making unethical paid edits, some Wikipedia editors may revisit their previous articles and take a harder view on them. This could happen to articles that have been edited/written a couple of years previously.

As a specialist Wikipedia editing and management company, we take steps against this to ensure this will never happen to our clients.