Stephen Pruitt has made more than 2,500,000 edits to Wikipedia articles (he’s edited a third of Wikipedia’s nearly 5.7 million pages) and has generated more than 31,000 original articles in the past 13 years. “My interests are maybe not the most ordinary,” concedes the 34-year-old, “but I have them, and I follow them.” I support this 100%.”
A Wikipedia admin once deleted the main page. This resulted in a Wikipedia guidance essay, “Don’t delete the main page.”
Every Sunday night, a 51-year-old software engineer named Bryan Henderson sits down at his computer, searches Wikipedia for the phrase “comprised of” and changes it to either “composed of” or “consists of.” He has done this 47,000 times since 2007. He has also written a 6,000-word essay on why he does this.
There are more Wikipedia articles on Antarctica than all but one of the African countries.
Mobile users in poor countries can access Wikipedia articles without data charges thanks to ‘Wikipedia Zero’. It’s currently operating in 34 countries.
Author Phillip Roth attempted to edit a Wikipedia entry for his novel ‘The Human Stain’ because the article misattributed the inspiration for one of his characters. The ‘English Wikipedia Administrator’ told Roth he was not a credible source and that he needed a secondary source.
In 1999, Douglas Adams founded h2g2.com, The Hitchhiker’s Guide the Galaxy: Earth Edition, a “constantly expanding, user-generated guide to life, the universe and everything,” two years before Wikipedia launched.
If you go to the English Wikipedia and click on the first non-italicized, non-parenthesized link of any article, you will eventually end up in the article for Philosophy 94.5% of the time.
Wikipedia had to ban IP’s from Congress to stop them from changing each other’s entries.