Via The Holmes Report:
Jay Walsh, head of communications at the Wikimedia Foundation, told the Holmes Report that the new guidance from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) reflects the concerns of the Wikipedia contributor community.
“CIPR’s basic message, from what I see, that PR folks editing Wikipedia directly is problematic, echoes what we hear from the community of Wikipedia contributors,” said Walsh. “Those who come to Wikipedia with a clear conflict of interest are generally going to face real challenges in terms of editing and contributing to the project.”
It’s funny that groups have to hand out guidance on this issue. Should be a no-brainer.