Talk:Alternative paid contribution disclosure policies

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I advise the Wikimedia Foundation to respect legal rights of the users (as set by a contract, in this case). You know what happens when you don't. --Nemo 15:31, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

Hello Nemo, my understanding is that the Italian Wikipedia discussion on writing an alternative disclosure policy is still ongoing. Until there is a consensus-based decision to adopt a policy as an alternative to the disclosure requirement in the Terms of Use, please do not add it to this page. I am going to revert your edits here, and politely ask that you add the Italian policy only after a new consensus has been reached, and then only on the talk page first. Thanks, Stephen LaPorte (WMF) (talk) 22:27, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
Not just that: the existing policy doesn't even mention disclosure, so it is a paid contribution policy, not a paid contribution disclosure one, and on the top of that users have so far stated they're fine with the global one. --Elitre (talk) 05:09, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
Elitre, that's your opinion as you asked revising the existing policy, but discussion is ongoing on that proposal. Stephen, as long as the policy is marked policy it means there is consensus; I've already asked on talk page whether the status but nothing has changed. --Nemo 07:38, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
I didn't say the discussion is over: I said that (actually except for you and me!) everybody on that page so far seems to be fine with the WMF change, at least last time I checked. And yes, there is obviously consensus that it's it.wp policy about *paid contribution policy*, not about *paid contribution disclosure policy*. since *it doesn't mention disclosure at all*. I'm pretty sure you understood this point as well since the beginning, so I'm not sure why you're behaving like you didn't :) So far the only disclosure part which applies to it.wp is the WMF one *since it.wp didn't write/approve a different one*, so listing the other policy here is only misleading the users. --Elitre (talk) 14:24, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
Let me confirm what Elitre explained. Until there is a census to adopt this policy as an alternative disclosure requirement for the Terms of Use, please do not add this page. I do think it is helpful to maintain a comparison of various similar community policies, so the ITWP link is a good addition to List of policies related to paid editing or Conflict of interest editing. Thanks, Stephen LaPorte (WMF) (talk) 16:19, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
And to be clear, since there still seems to be some confusion: the edit Jorge made was correct. The Spanish policy that he moved to the related policies page was adopted in 2011 and so does not belong on this page until it is reconfirmed/rediscussed by the community. —Luis Villa (WMF) (talk) 17:46, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

@Nemo, Nemo bis, Slaporte (WMF), LuisV (WMF): I've removed Nemo bis's 2016 edit. I don't see that there has been any change in the Italian policy related to paid editing, so the ToU stands as is there. What is needed is a specific *new policy* that references the ToU requirements and specifically changes them on the Italian Wikipedia. Anything less should not be listed here. WMF folks - please correct me if I'm wrong. Smallbones (talk) 14:02, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Ok, checking around a bit more, there is a policy in Italian that confirms the ToU see [1]:

"Declare their conflict of interest

If you have received or expect to receive an assignment from third parties to contribute to Wikipedia in Italian, you must explicitly declare your conflict of interest in the manner prescribed by the terms of use , you accept before saving any changes. To do this, you will need to indicate who (employer or client) you instructed to edit Wikipedia in Italian .

Notification should be made in at least one of the following ways:

  • a statement to be included in your user page ;
  • a statement to be included in the discussion of the item page that accompany all contributions made ​​on commission;
  • a statement to be included in the "object" tag that accompanies each contribution made ​​on commission.

Failure to comply with these conditions may result in the blocking of your users and / or cancellation of the modifications you have made."


There's no need to consider this as an "alternative policy" as it confirms the ToU and perhaps toughens it a bit (as envisioned in the ToU FAQs)

Smallbones (talk) 14:21, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Spanish Wikipedia[edit]

I see the Spanish Wikipedia was added to this list. However, I am having difficulty understanding what in that policy supersedes the WMF's policy. It seems, from the section referenced, that Spanish Wikipedia requires specifically that the disclosure be made on the user page, rather than offering a choice of user page, article talk page, or edit summary. However, if that is the case, the example drawn from English Wikipedia is a rather misleading one. Can somebody, perhaps @Rndmdf:, offer any insight here? -Pete F (talk) 19:06, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

WMF agrees; so we've moved it to the related policies page. —Luis Villa (WMF) (talk) 17:48, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
Hi. What do you mean with misleading, @Peteforsyth:?. Why the spanish wikipedia was deleted of the list? Then in the spanish Wikipedia which policy applies, terms of use or this? Thanks in advance.--Rndmdf (talk) 20:17, 6 September 2014 (UTC)
Rndmdf I don't know why it was moved, I was just looking for some clarification. But the reason I said it might be misleading is because that specific example from English Wikipedia appears to illustrate something where Spanish Wikipedia's policy is not met -- unless I'm misunderstanding something. -Pete F (talk) 15:50, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
@Rndmdf: We moved it because we want to keep this page focused on policies that specifically refer to the new policy. We think this will help make sure that all communities have a chance to respond to this proposal. It should also help make sure that the relationship of the two policies is clear. For policies written before the new policy, it will always be somewhat unclear if they replace, supplement, or otherwise modify the main policy.
Spanish Wikipedia is of course welcome to review and discuss the old policy again, and at that time we're happy to have it added here. —Luis Villa (WMF) (talk) 21:44, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
LuisV (WMF), this is a surprise -- could you expand on why it will be unclear? To me it seems very clear: the Terms of Use (as adopted several years ago) require users to abide by policies of a project; Spanish Wikipedia seems to have a clear policy requiring disclosure on the user page. By complying with that policy, the end user also necessarily complies with the updated ToU, since the user page is the first of the three options presented there.
Is there a problem with my analysis? If not, where is the lack of clarity? And why would it be worthwhile for Spanish Wikipedians to undertake the not-insignificant task of opening a new discussion on the topic? -Pete F (talk) 22:51, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
Hello Pete, if complying with the local policy will satisfy the Terms of Use, then practically that may be useful to keep track of on the List of policies related to paid editing. Ideally, this page would be a central place to keep track of the various rules and suggestions on paid editing. However, the Alternative paid contribution disclosure policies page should be limited to policies that have been adopted by the community, through a proper consensus procedure, to replace the disclosure requirements in the Terms of Use. That is not the case for the Spanish policy, since it predates the amendment to the Terms of Use. Thanks, Stephen LaPorte (WMF) (talk) 00:56, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
LuisV (WMF) Now Spanish Wikipedia does not require disclosure of the client, only requires the company contracting the user in the user page. According ToU:
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.
applies Spanish Wikipedia policy, or not?. What policy should be applied? Spanish Wikipedia or terms of use? Thanks.--Rndmdf (talk) 23:11, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
Hello Rndmdf, the Terms of Use apply in this case. The idea is that the requirements in the amended terms of use apply, unless a project has decided to set an alternative policy. You can read more information in the FAQ, which hopefully makes this process a little more clear. Thanks, Stephen LaPorte (WMF) (talk) 00:47, 10 September 2014 (UTC)