December 1, 2015

Wikimedia Staffer Loses Job Over Edit-for-Cash Scandal

From The Daily Dot:

In a statement released Wednesday night, the Foundation announced that Sarah Stierch, Wikimedia’s program evaluation community coordinator, would no longer work for Wikimedia.


The accusations began with an anonymous blog post published Sunday accusing Stierch of taking cash for edits. It included screengrabs from a freelance job posting board where Stierch offered her services as a “long time Wikipedian, curator, researcher and outreach coordinator.”

A record of past projects on that page showed that she was paid $300 last month to create a “Wikipedia Page for an individual.” Another ongoing project listed on her page showed Stierch commanding $44.44 an hour for editorial work on the site.

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Includes a great deal of detail.

See Also: Full Text of E-Mail Post on Wikimedia-L About Dismissal of Sarah Stierch
Sent by Frank Schulenburg Senior Director of Programs, Wikimedia Foundation

Here’s How the Post Concludes:

Everybody makes mistakes, and I would like to believe that the Wikimedia movement is a place of forgiveness and compassion. And so I ask you to respect Sarah’s privacy at what is surely a difficult time for her, and to join me in wishing her every future success.

I sincerely hope that Sarah will continue her important work as a Wikipedian and member of the GLAM community, and I thank her for the commitment and energy and thoughtfulness she has brought to her work at the Foundation.

See Also: Wikipedia: “Extensive Network of Clandestine Paid Advocacy Exposed” (October 11, 2013)

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