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varpness
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Upwork Freelancer Revealing the Names and Private Messages of Upwork Clients on Wikipedia

There is an Upwork freelancer who, when he receives an invitation for a Wikipedia job, will engage the client in conversation in order to discover the editing requests of the client. Then the freelancer will go on Wikipedia and reveal publicly the name of the client, what his or her private discussion was, and that he "admonished" the client for requesting a Wikipedia edit on Upwork. I am sure Upwork does not want freelancers sharing private information from clients. Is there an Upwork employee with whom I can discuss this matter?

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aocumen
Community Manager
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Hi Matthew, 


Are you able to share more information with me through a private message? I want to look into this further. 


~ Avery
Upwork

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I have a feeling it's Wiki you would need to contact.

Hello Melanie,

 

Wikipedia would actually prefer freelancers to reveal clients who are hiring on Upwork. However, Wikipedia doesn't pay us, Upwork's clients do, and I would prefer to do what is in the best interest of Upwork.

Matthew, the following are given as examples of prohibited use of the site in the site Terms of Use:

 

  • Posting identifying information concerning another person;
  • Collecting or harvesting any personally identifiable information, including Account names, from the Site

So what you describe seems to be prohibited behavior, but I'm not an Upwork employee so that's strictly my opinion.

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Thank you for your opinion, John. I agree with you and have contacted Avery.


John K wrote:

Matthew, the following are given as examples of prohibited use of the site in the site Terms of Use:

 

  • Posting identifying information concerning another person;
  • Collecting or harvesting any personally identifiable information, including Account names, from the Site

So what you describe seems to be prohibited behavior, but I'm not an Upwork employee so that's strictly my opinion.


Are freelancers who post to Wikipedia for pay also violating Upwork's TOS by doing something that is against Wikipedia's rules? (I don't work in that niche so am unfamiliar with the applicable restrictions.)

 

aocumen
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi Matthew, 


Are you able to share more information with me through a private message? I want to look into this further. 


~ Avery
Upwork


Matthew V wrote:

 

Wikipedia would actually prefer freelancers to reveal clients who are hiring on Upwork. However, Wikipedia doesn't pay us, Upwork's clients do, and I would prefer to do what is in the best interest of Upwork.


**Edited for Community Guidelines**

 

If (and I have no idea if it is) the business model of getting paid to make Wikipedia edits is against Wikipedia's terms of service it is also against Upwork's by default.