microsoft offers to pay for wikipedia entry changes

01/25/07 at 8:00 am | Posted in Tech | Leave a comment

When the heck will Microsoft learn? It’s stumbling all over cyberspace. Not too long ago it was lambasted in the blogosphere over the free AMD-powered Acer Ferrari laptops loaded with Vista that were given to bloggers.

Now the software giant is in the middle of another controversy after a developer revealed on his blog that Microsoft offered to pay him if he made changes to certain Wikipedia entries about Microsoft.

Naturally, this has caused an uproar among the Wikipedia community — I mean the whole idea behind this open source project is that volunteers are writing these articles in good faith, and that anyone can edit them, in good faith. Of course you have bad eggs who try to vandalize the pages or deliberately post falsehoods, but as a whole Wikipedia has been a remarkable experiment in building an encyclopedia.

Now Microsoft has opened a can of worms. Then again, with that much cash, maybe Microsoft thinks the answer to every problem is to wave money in front of people.


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