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[Article] Wikipedia’s Flat Broke Superstar

PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:53 am
by felicelam
Nearly 4 million entries on Wikipedia are all written and edited by volunteers. On April 19, Justin Knapp—user name koavf—became the first person to complete 1,000,000 edits on the massive, online, open-source encyclopedia. For his efforts, he hasn't gotten paid one red cent.

An editor like Knapp is the lifeblood of Wikipedia, an increasingly vital resource that more and more people turn to, expecting accurate information. It's the sixth most-visited website in the world, and the only one that contains both a comprehensive history of the Battle of Fort Sumter and the anatomy of a paintball gun. Yet the site's editors don't receive any monetary compensation for their work, and they are dwindling in number. This doesn't bother Knapp, he told Gizmodo in a phone interview.

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