Is it me or is this just plain sleazy?
Corp. landed in the Wikipedia doghouse Tuesday after it offered to pay
a blogger to change technical
articles on the community-produced Web encyclopedia site.
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.
The articles concerned OpenDocument and OpenXML, two key areas that pit the Microsoft pay-and-pay-forever ethos against the wider open source community.
More disturbingly, it makes the content of Microsoft's own Encarta encyclopedia highly suspect. After all, if they're prepared to pay contributors to create FUD in other publications, what do they get up to when they control the whole damn thing?
Only a month ago they tried bribing bloggers with laptops. Little wonder Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger's creating a new resource called Citizendium where there'll be "gentle expert oversight" of contributions.