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comment by vipulnaik · 2017-03-17T15:33:58.355Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Commenting here to avoid a misconception that some readers of this post might have. I wasn't trying to "spread effective altruism" to any community with these editing efforts, least of all the Wikipedia community (it's also worth noting that the Wikipedia community that participates in these debates is basically disjoint from the people who actually read those specific pages in practice -- many of the latter don't even have Wikipedia accounts).

Some of the editing activities were related to effective altruism in these two ways: (1) The pages we edited, and the content we added, were disproportionately (though not exclusively) of interest to people in and around the EA-sphere, and (2) Some of the topics worked on, I selected based on EA-aligned interests (an example would be global health and disease timelines).

comment by AlasdairGives · 2017-03-17T19:25:11.175Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

i've deleted the post because I would like to make one on this issue with greater subtlety and nuance to do the complex topic of this saga better justice than my rather late night post did - thanks for your comment, I will take it into account.

comment by John_Maxwell (John_Maxwell_IV) · 2017-03-17T06:57:47.984Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

It looks like this is the link to the discussion of "Vipul's paid editing enterprise". Based on a quick skim,

this has fallen afoul of the wikipedia COI rules in spectacular fashion - with wikipedia administrators condeming the work as a pyramid scheme

strikes me as something of an overstatement. For example, one quote:

In general, I think Vipul's enterprise illustrates a need to change the policy on paid editors rather than evidence of misconduct.

Anyway, if it's true that Vipul's work on Wikipedia has ended up doing more harm than good, this doesn't make me optimistic about other EA projects.