Should the Wikipedia paid editors disclose a conflict of interest?

Individuals or owners of enterprises who want to update their articles on Wikipedia are not recommended to do this. This policy exists, because it is not natural for most of us to write about themselves neutral. As a rule, business owner embellishes facts or writes advertising articles, and people are inclined to overstate their achievements.

Wikipedia's policies require editors with conflicts of interests to disclose this on its User Page and on the discussion page of the article they are editing. These rules look logical, but nobody sticks to them. Wikibusines team guarantees if you report a conflict of interest, your article on Wikipedia will be edited a lot, or even removed.

If the Wikicommunity likes your company or if your business is popular enough, then there will be lots of active volunteers who tend to write about your company or about you. Unfortunately, most volunteers-editors or are not interested in business or entrepreneurship, or prefer to focus on the negative aspects of these topics.

Unfortunately, there is a dark side of topics that Wikipedists like to document. For example, there are 355 articles about the actresses of adult films while the number of founders of American companies has only 43 entries. Wikipedia contains 858 pages of serial masculine murderers, but only 80 pages of philanthropists. Although Wikipedists, as a rule, work anonymously, the facts and figures above give us a tip for the types of people who document knowledge in their free time and community bias.

A 2018 survey conducted by the Wikimedia Foundation (a non-profit organization that raises funds for Wikipedia) showed that 90% of its users identify themselves as men.

Although these results somehow explain why Wikipedia has more articles about porn stars than women entrepreneurs, it does not explain the community's ambivalence about business, entrepreneurship, and paid editing.

Following the Wiki PR scandal in 2013, Wikipedia applied a paid editing policy in 2014. Wikipedia has criticized the practice of paid editing, calling it the practice of the "black hat," and many Wikipedians decided to rid the encyclopedia of commercial influence. However, the demand for business-related Wikipedia content has grown.

As the corporate world's need for a presence on Wikipedia has increased, the reaction of some Wikipedia administrators was obvious. One notorious administrator who worked as a check user on Wikipedia became famous for blocking the accounts of Wikipedians who made paid edits and warned about it. This harsh tactic rarely improves the encyclopedia. The hostile and aggressive tactics used by several hostile administrators have led to a culture of fear among Wikipedians, many of whom have stopped using templates and warning about paid editing for fear of blocking their own accounts.

Should I stick to the rules of Wikipedia?
Our answer is negative. Although anyone who posts content on Wikipedia is required to follow Wikipedia's content policy, most Wikipedia editors do not recognize Wikipedia's official guidelines for paid editing. If you stick to the rules and reveal a conflict of interest, your article will most likely be deleted.