Interesting. Microsoft is paying a blogger to contribute to Wikipedia.
From Rick Jelliffe’s blog:
So I was a little surprised to receive email a couple of days ago from Microsoft saying they wanted to contract someone independent but friendly (me) for a couple of days to provide more balance on Wikipedia concerning ODF/OOXML. I am hardly the poster boy of Microsoft partisanship! Apparently they are frustrated at the amount of spin from some ODF stakeholders on Wikipedia and blogs.
The complete post is here.
Information Week reported the following reaction from Wikipedia:
Wikipedia officials say they are less than impressed with Microsoft’s pay-for-play campaign. “At a minimum, it could be viewed as unethical,” says Wikipedia general counsel Brad Patrick. “This is a hot issue, and Microsoft wanting to soften the edges on an entry raises concerns about the perceived independence of both Wikipedia and Microsoft,” Patrick says.
The complete article is here.
Microsoft sees no issue with ethics. They are fine with paying bloggers to spread their point of view:
The spokesman insists the whole thing is above board because Jelliffe disclosed Microsoft’s offer of payment. “There was no effort to hide anything,” says Microsoft’s spokesman.
Financial terms were not disclosed. I wonder if Jelliffe got a free laptop?