Gpedia:Paid-contribution disclosure

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A paid contribution is one that involves contributing to Gpedia in exchange for money or other inducements. It includes adding or removing content from any page, including articles and talk pages.

If you receive, or expect to receive, compensation for your contributions to Gpedia, you must disclose who is paying you to edit (your "employer"), who the client is, and any other relevant role or relationship. It does not matter whether you are paid directly by the client, or paid indirectly by an employer on behalf of the client. Editors who receive payment for their edits or actions on the English Gpedia must comply with both the Wikimedia Foundation's Terms of Use and the local policies and guidelines of the English Gpedia.

Wikimedia Foundation Terms of Use

The Wikimedia Foundation's Terms of Use require that all editors disclose their "employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any contribution for which they receive, or expect to receive, compensation":[1]

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Paid contributions without disclosure

These Terms of Use prohibit engaging in deceptive activities, including misrepresentation of affiliation, impersonation, and fraud. As part of these obligations, you must disclose your employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any contribution for which you receive, or expect to receive, compensation. You must make that disclosure in at least one of the following ways:

  • a statement on your user page,
  • a statement on the talk page accompanying any paid contributions, or
  • a statement in the edit summary accompanying any paid contributions.

Applicable law, or community and Foundation policies and guidelines, such as those addressing conflicts of interest, may further limit paid contributions or require more detailed disclosure.

A Wikimedia Project community may adopt an alternative paid contribution disclosure policy. If a Project adopts an alternative disclosure policy, you may comply with that policy instead of the requirements in this section when contributing to that Project. An alternative paid contribution policy will only supersede these requirements if it is approved by the relevant Project community and listed in the alternative disclosure policy page.

The above is the policy of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and of the English-language Gpedia.

Meaning of "employer, client, and affiliation"

Editors must disclose their employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any paid contribution to Gpedia.

  • Employer: the person or organization that pays, either directly or through intermediaries, a user to contribute to Gpedia. This includes cases where the employer has hired the user as an employee, has engaged the user under a freelance contract, is compensating the user without a contract, or is compensating the user through the user's employment by another organization.
  • Client: the person or organization on whose behalf the edits are made; the client is often the subject of the article.
  • Affiliation: other connections that might be relevant, including, but not limited to, people or businesses who provide text, images, or other media for the paid edit. If a paid editor is working as a contractor, "affiliation" would include any broker involved in the transaction (e.g. Fiverr, Upwork, etc.).
  • Contribution: any text or file added to, or deleted from, Gpedia, including talk-page and sandbox contributions, and material added to or deleted from articles by others at the behest of paid editors.
  • Payment or compensation: includes, but is not limited to, money, goods or services.

For example, if Smith PR pays an editor to work on Gpedia content about Acme Widgets, then Smith PR is that editor's employer with respect to those contributions, while Acme Widgets is the client. If you have been hired by a public-relations firm to edit Gpedia, you must disclose both the firm and the firm's client.[2] Often the employer and client are the same entity. If Acme Widgets pays an editor directly to write about that company, then Acme Widgets is both the employer and client.

Wikipedians in residence who are paid must disclose which organization (GLAM or similar) pays them.[2]

Additional notes on who must disclose

Users who are compensated for any publicity efforts related to the subject of their Gpedia contributions are deemed to be paid editors, regardless of whether they were compensated specifically to edit Gpedia.

Interns are considered employees for this purpose. If they are directed or expected to edit Gpedia as part of an internship, they must disclose.

How to disclose

Editors who are or expect to be compensated for their contributions must disclose their employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any paid contributions. They must do this on their main user page, or on the talk page accompanying any paid contributions, or in edit summaries.

The conflict of interest guideline further very strongly advises editors to both place the {{connected contributor (paid)}} template at the top of the talk page accompanying any paid contributions (and to fill in the parameters), and to supply a clearly visible list of their paid contributions on their main user page. The template {{paid}} can be used for this.

Paid editors who cannot disclose their employer, client, and affiliations are prohibited from editing. Non-disclosure agreements do not invalidate this requirement. There is no confidentiality for the employer, client, or affiliations.

It makes no difference if the paid editor writes the content off-site or in userspace and then another editor moves the material into mainspace on their behalf. Both editors are required to make a disclosure.

Disclosing external accounts on Gpedia

Paid editors must provide links on their Gpedia user page to all active accounts at websites where they advertise, solicit or obtain paid Gpedia-editing services. If such an account is deleted or removed, any corresponding links on the Gpedia user page must remain visible for at least one week.[3]

Disclosures to clients

Paid editors must provide links to the user page(s) of their Gpedia account(s) on each website on which they advertise, solicit or obtain paid editing services, as well as in direct communications with each client and potential client (such as through email). If the paid editor has used or controlled more than one Gpedia account, each account must be disclosed.[4]

This transparency helps the Gpedia community to understand and analyze the source and scope of paid editing, and to ensure that content originating from paid editors complies with Gpedia's policies and guidelines.

Promotion and advertising

Paid editors may not advertise or promote their services on Gpedia. The disclosures required by the terms of use are not regarded as advertisements or promotion.

Administrators

Administrators making paid edits are subject to the same disclosure requirements as all other users, and are not permitted to use special privileges for paid editing. The administrator policy states: Administrator tools may not be used as part of any paid editing activity, except as a Wikipedian-in-Residence, or when the payment is made by the Wikimedia Foundation or an affiliate of the WMF.

Conflict of interest guideline

Paid editing is further regulated by a community guideline, Gpedia:Conflict of interest. This advises that those with a conflict of interest, including paid editors, are very strongly discouraged from directly editing affected articles, but should post content proposals on the talk pages of existing articles, and should put new articles through the articles for creation process, so they can be reviewed prior to being published.

The Foundation's terms of use FAQ advises: "[S]ome projects have conflict of interest policies that are different from (and stronger than) this provision in the terms of use. These policies might prevent you from certain forms of volunteer editing, for example, contributing to articles about yourself."[2]

Reporting undisclosed paid editors

If you believe an editor is conducting undisclosed paid editing as defined by this policy, please report it to the Administrators' Noticeboard (Incidents) or the Conflict of Interest Noticeboard if it does not involve revealing the private information of an editor. Otherwise, please email paid-en-wp@wikipedia.org with why you believe an editor is engaged in paid editing and there is private information. You may also email a member of the CheckUser team directly. If you are unsure whether information is private, use one of the email contacts in the first instance.

Changing this page

The guidance on this page may be changed in two ways:

When discussing changes to this page, disclose whether you have been paid to edit Gpedia.

References

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