I have mixed feelings about editing Wikipedia.
On one hand, if I think something should be in a particular piece, I’ll go ahead and edit it. On the other, it is frustrating when some anonymous person removes something that I think is important. I have no problems with it as a resource, because I never take it as the final answer on anything. Maybe that’s because I grew up in a household that had an encyclopedia printed 16 years before I was born.
Think what you want about the various specs and the process (and there are an increasing number of people who have significant issues with Open XML and the process by which it was slammed through ECMA and now shoved into ISO), but stand up and say what you want to say in Wikipedia yourself. The gods of impartiality will correct you, whether or not you want this to happen.
Update: InfoWorld ran a story on this this afternoon: “Microsoft pays for Wikipedia edits: Software engineer was reportedly offered a contract by Microsoft to edit online entries about ODF and OOXML.” Here’s some absolutely free advice. The next time you look for someone who is “independent but friendly,” also add “and won’t write about it on O’Reilly.”