Wikipedia’s Quiet Controversy: Is Enough Being Done?

 

Since 2011, Wikipedia has struggled with an increasingly obvious problem.

 

A first-of-its-kind survey was released that year which revealed that fully 8.5% of Wikipedia editors and contributors were women. To help close this gap, Wikipedia sponsored a new ongoing series of edit-a-thons, to have people visit in person, and sit down to make Wiki edits and contribute to the site. These edit-a-thons are organized by Wikipedia volunteers and happen in cities all around the world.

 

Using this process as a model, Wikipedia has commenced edit-a-thons for American Indians as well, whose lack of representation on Wikipedia is far more widely acknowledged than it is documented. Wikipedia is calling out for help on the topic of Indigenous history, having sponsored an edit-a-thon not long ago in San Diego to expand coverage of American Indian topics and articles.

 

Obstacles To Creating Wikipedia Pages

 

No matter who you are, creating a Wikipedia page is no small order.

 

There are myriad obstacles you may face when you make a Wikipedia article. Internet access is first and foremost, because it becomes impossible to complete the task of editing if the internet gets too slow. This is especially the case in rural Indian Reservations in the United States, where internet access quality is comparable to any country in the developing world. No doubt that there are other obstacles to creating a new Wikipedia article in the field of American Indian history.

 

Many American Indian Wikipedians point out the existence of the “Notability Standard” as a barrier to participation. Because Native Americans have been so under-represented in the past, there are fewer documented sources to draw on today. This double standard has barred many artists and cultural contributors from having their own Wikipedia article, and this dichotomy seems to be at the heart of Wikipedia’s trouble here.

 

Even Wikipedia’s Notability Standard policy calls for protection against “indiscriminate” information being published. Here, Wikipedia uses the older, more intellectual definition of the word “discriminate,” but the double entendre is too painful to ignore. It’s discriminating against certain types of information that gets Wikipedia into exactly the kind of trouble it’s in here. Even Wikipedia acknowledges its content has racial biases.

 

The Easy Button When It Comes To Wikipedia Content

 

If this all sounds like a confusing headache to you, you’re definitely not alone. Editing a Wikipedia page is difficult, and requires industry-specific expertise.

 

Many people opt to source their talent out to a specific company dedicated to making and editing Wikipedia articles, such as Get Your Wiki, for knowledgeable Wikipedia editors.

 

Get Your Wiki essentially cures the headache of making Wikipedia content, whether it’s for yourself, your business, or a topic you care about. This can yield big opportunities for business down the line, and / or for personal reputation and public relations, with a page created by hardworking professionals who all have well beyond the requisite expertise in getting articles approved on Wikipedia (here is Wikipedia’s ongoing list of wish-listed articles about American Indians).

 

Bouncing Back From a Reputation Crisis

The impacts of a negative reputation are many. Whether in a personal or professional setting, it’s likely we’ve all felt the sting of a bad rep for something or other. Now, let’s consider the impacts of a bad reputation on a company as a whole. Lack of trust in a once-solid business, loss of employee morale, decreased earning potential; you name it.

In steps Status Labs, a company with a mission of repairing the image of deserving companies and individuals who deserve that much-needed second chance. We’ve all heard the age old idiom that states “a few bad eggs can ruin it for the whole bunch,” but with companies like Status Labs working in your favor, those bad eggs no longer have to ruin it for everyone.

Status Labs is no stranger to the impacts of negative reputation itself, having felt the backlash of one executive’s misconduct. However, rather than letting this shake them, the folks at Status Labs took the initiative to repair their reputation through ventures such as becoming more active in their local community and being more selective about who they allow into the business. They took responsibility for the things they could have done better and made an effort to show their employees and their community that they meant well and would make more effective decisions in the future.

Through tried and tested strategies for improving public relations, Status Labs was able to pick itself up by the bootstraps and repair itself. Furthermore, they were able to continue assisting other companies to do the same. Reputation repair services get an unfair label in some circles, but in reality, they’re providing something that any hard-working individual or group of individuals deserves: a chance to do better.

Just think, if your parents had never let you see your friends again because they caught you sneaking out once, or if that one speeding ticket cost you your driver’s license forever, where would you be today? Everyone deserves a chance to positively impact the future, and positive stories such as that of Status Labs’ only further solidify that wonderful ideal.

More information for Status Labs:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/status-labs-announces-board-advisor-090000822.html