Wikipedians on LinkedIn.

This is the Wikipedians group on LinkedIn as run by Wikipedians.

This is not — the guy running it has stated in private emails that he is running it for “networking,” which in practice appears to mean spam blasts. I suggest avoiding it.

(If you add me on LinkedIn with the link being Wikipedia/Wikimedia, I’ll probably add you back eventually when I get around to it.)

11 thoughts on “Wikipedians on LinkedIn.”

  1. David, for some reason I couldn’t connect to the “official” LinkedIn Wikipedian group.

    On the other hand, there is another InkedIn Wikipedia group run by Wikipedians here — although so far it’s not been very active. (Pete & I just have not had the time to do much with it.)


  2. And I couldn’t connect to your group either just now … when not logged in it said the group was no longer active, when logged in it says “There was an unexpected problem that prevented us from completing your request.” I assume all is less than well right now …

  3. Unfortunately that group has the first mover advantage. I too initially joined it for being the largest, then left it afterwards.

    OTOH, there are way too many wikipedia/wikimedia-related groups on LinkedIn; I’ve suggested before to merge the ones that obviously overlap in scope, but it seems people don’t care much. Here’s the link to that discussion (in the Wikimedia Foundation group), I hope it works for you:

  4. I just had another look at my Wikipedia group, & there’s a note stating “Group status suspended” — which explains part of what David encountered. However, this is the first I heard that it was not active. (Another LinkedIn group I belong to whose activity is about as low — ” 10th Mountain Division Descendants” — is active & apparently okay.)


  5. My group was suspended as well and succeeded to get it back online with the help of some officials. Just to keep an eye on it I stay memeber of some more groups.

    Question is: What is the most official group?

  6. Good question! The above-warned group was not a sincere Wikipedians group, but there are at least a couple that are sincere … we need an on-wiki list somewhere on Meta, I’d suggest.

  7. Indeed, many of the wikipedia-related groups on linkedin seem to be owned by Jimmy Wales now, including the original (and largest) “evil” group. I wonder if he asked the group owners individually, or requested that to LinkedIn’s admins. In any case, I think this is an excellent opportunity to merge the groups! I joined the largest group, and will suggest that sometime soon.

    Btw, the logo for the “evil” group is set to a rubik’s cube, I wonder why (especially since many other groups use the wikipedia logo

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