Science Student Reacts to Trolling With Positive Action

Don’t get mad, get even. That’s common advice for dealing with trolls, stalkers and other enemies, and it’s even more significant when someone gets “even” not by revenge, but by advancing their positive cause. That’s how Emily Temple-Wood, a biology student at Loyola University, responds to the abuse she receives online. Whenever someone sends her a message of hate, she puts up a Wikipedia page for a previously neglected female scientist. She’s been a Wikipedia editor since the age of 12, and even then often received messages of hate, sexism and sexual harassment. Sadly, most of them came from the Wikipedia community. She started out just ignoring the hateful trolls, but in 2012 decided to react. She doesn’t directly argue with them, she just adds another woman scientist to Wikipedia. She keeps her energy positive. Her idea, now known as WikiProject Women Scientists.

She came up with the idea because she realized many women scientists who were fellows of the Royal Society had no Wikipedia pages. In 18 months she and others working on the project put up pages on a thousand women scientists. Temple-Wood is from Chicago, and is the Vice-President of Wikimedia DC. She became a Wikipedia admin at the age of 13. She also ran a series of workshops regarding editor retention, and from the workshops produced a kit so other editors can follow her example to bolster the presence of women in areas they are passionate about.  About 90 percent of Wiki editors are now male. 

This example demonstrates both how valuable Wikipedia is, and yet how people in general cannot count on the current editors to set priorities and create the pages for everybody who deserves to have a Wikipedia page, and that’s true whether it’s women scientists or you and your business. Everybody doing something significant in the world deserves to make a Wikipedia page, and that does include you and your business. And having a Wikipedia page would help your business. When people search for you or your business on Google to check out your online reputation, finding Wikipedia impresses them. However, you need to hire Wikipedia editors and/or writers to make certain your entry is accepted. It cannot contain hype. It must remain verfiably factual. You need the Wiki experts for hire from Get Your Wiki – a Wikipedia editing serviceto make certain your Wikipedia business page creation follows all official policies.

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