Who should edit Wikipedia?

The AP runs a story about Microsoft, and its reported attempt to pay a writer to edit a Wikipedia entry.

Microsoft acknowledged it...

The AP runs a story about Microsoft, and its reported attempt to pay a writer to edit a Wikipedia entry.
Microsoft acknowledged it had approached the writer and offered to pay him for the time it would take to correct what the company was sure were inaccuracies in Wikipedia articles on an open-source document standard and a rival format put forward by Microsoft.

What is interesting here is that Wikipedia wants to make it more difficult for "advocacy groups" like PR firms to contribute to a Wikipedia page may in fact lead to more headaches then it would purportedly cure. (Here's Constantin Basturea's wonderful take on PR firms and wikipeida).

Certainly founder Jimmy Wales and the community has the right to protect the integrity of the Web site, but the fact remains that ideological postings can come from anywhere. When a company has no straight-forward recourse to correct false information (and I'm not saying that was the case in this situation), however, no one wins.

From an InfoWorld story
Microsoft said that before approaching Jelliffe, it tried to contact Wikipedia with concerns about some entries. "But Microsoft couldn't get a reply -- hence why they decided it was important to enlist someone's help to actually address the inaccuracies in the posting so it would be fixed," said Catherine Brooker, a Microsoft spokesperson from the company's external public relations firm, Waggener Edstrom, in an e-mail

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