Modern ethical dilemmas: should you edit your spouse’s Wikipedia page?

Obviously, this won’t be a problem for everyone, but we discovered last night that my wife is in Wikipedia. (As she points out, fame has its limits; in the ‘disambiguation‘ page she comes just below “Jojo the Dog Faced Boy”.)

Now the question: it says that the entry is a stub, and invites you to fill in more detail. But should I? OK, so I corrected some of the more horrible grammar, and corrected the titles of books. And added the prize she won. But where does one stop? Does one point to the articles in the Bookseller? Mention the foreign translations? Begin a long explanation about themes in the books, and this, and that, and so on?

Of course one can imagine a geek novel in which both of the couple have Wikipedia pages. Then they get divorced, and the editing – of each others’ pages – begins. But they’re bound by their geek code of conduct not to edit their own page. So they can only hit back by adding or subtracting from the other’s. Sort of The War of the Roses updated for the wiki age..

Oh, and since you ask: no, I don’t.


  1. Go for it. Someone else will correct it if you do anything wrong.

  2. Charles

    Tuesday 19 June 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Surely you mean “will correct you if you do anything right”?

  3. Surely no-one should be allowed to edit thier own wiki page or that of someone with whom they are involved – otherwise it simply becomes a web page under a different cover…I always thought the “authority” of wikipedia came from the fact anyone could edit it and therefore remove bias or ‘over-leanings’…

  4. I think it’s possible to get too wound up about who edits what. A friend was staying with me; he’s in Wikipedia (as am I, as it happens), and he corrected his discography and a couple of other details. Why not?

    On the other hand, I don’t edit my own page because I find it more amusing to see what errors people make about me. :)


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