October 10, 2015

Wikipedia Staffer at Center of Latest Sockpuppet Scandal

From The Daily Dot:

The non-profit that runs Wikipedia is facing serious questions about its employee vetting process as one of its veteran software developers has admitted to flagrantly violating encyclopedia policy by using a “sockpuppet” to harass another user.

Wikipedians who looked into the case further soon discovered that Ryan Kaldari, who has worked at the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) for four years, also ran Snuffster—a parody of early social networking site Friendster, hosting images of murder victims, including children.

Sockpuppeting” is the use of a fake, secondary account to make edits or comments that then cannot be traced back to the puppeteer’s primary account. Kaldari used a “sockpuppet” to complain about a “pattern of continued incivility” on the part of Wikipedia editor Eric Corbett.

The allegations might seem minor, but sockpuppetry is a clear violation of Wikipedia policy’s against fake accounts.

Read the Complete Report From The Daily Dot

See Also: End It! Wikimedia Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Paid Advocacy Editing Firm Wiki-PR (November 11, 2013)

See Also: Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Releases Response to Reports of Paid Advocacy Editing and Sockpuppetry (October 21, 2013)

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

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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