I recently read an article on Science Daily entitled: “Most Wikipedia Entries About Companies Contain Factual Errors”, which noted that companies often found it very hard to correct articles about themselves.
I noticed a while ago that there are several articles on Mozilla-related topics on Wikipedia which are out of date, poorly authored, uneven in coverage or all three. Some examples:
- Mozilla: I cleaned up this article a bit in December, but it still needs further work – the order of items is chronological rather than in order of importance, and there are significant parts out of date (e.g. references to Minimo).
- Mozilla Foundation: this page is quite accurate, but very incomplete. It says nothing about the Foundation’s most recent projects, the Webmakers initiative or the Mozilla Festival.
- Mozilla Application Suite: this article is in the present rather than the past tense, suggesting that the Suite is still viable software.
- SeaMonkey: this article contains far less detail than the Mozilla Application Suite article, despite being a current project.
- Firefox: this is better than many, but has many “may be out of date” annotations, and needs someone familiar with Mozilla’s current doings to improve it.
- Thunderbird: some good stuff but also a useless list of historical system requirements.
We’re a significant feature of the Internet and contemporary life, and we should have better quality coverage than this. Are there any Mozillians who are also Wikipedians who would like to form a “WikiProject Mozilla” or similar effort to clean these up? This is not a case of doing a few drive-by edits; that’s probably how the articles got the way they are now. It would need some commitment and proper sourcing and research. But it is important.