May 21, 2022

New Online: A Proposed Amendment to Wikimedia Terms of Use Regarding Undisclosed Paid Editing

From a Wikimedia-L Post (via E-Mail):

We are asking for community input on a proposed amendment to the Wikimedia Terms of Use regarding undisclosed paid editing.

From the Introduction of the Amendment

We plan to ask the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees to consider a proposed amendment in our Terms of Use to address further undisclosed paid editing. Contributing to the Wikimedia Projects to serve the interests of a paying client while concealing the paid affiliation has led to situations that the community considers problematic.

Many believe that users with a potential conflict of interest should engage in transparent collaboration, requiring honest disclosure of paid contributions. Making contributions to the Wikimedia Projects without disclosing payment or employment may also lead to legal ramifications. Our Terms of Use already prohibit engaging in deceptive activities, including misrepresentation of affiliation, impersonation, and fraud. To ensure compliance with these provisions, this amendment provides specific minimum disclosure requirements for paid contributions on the Wikimedia Projects.

Read the Proposed Amendment and FAQ Here

Discussion About Proposed Amendment is Available on This Page, Contributions Welcome

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.