Correcting misspellings in Wikipedia is one of my favorite type of editing, but there are times when it can make the encyclopedia worse…
Beware vandals! The Kingdom of Great Britain, officially called Great Britain, was a sovereign state…
Wait, why did the article start that way? That’s odd.
One great way to edit Wikipedia articles is to correct misspelled words. But wait, why is this a human task? Why not just use a spell-checker?
As Wikipedia editors go, I am very much a WikiGnome, which means that I tend to do small incremental edits to many articles instead of spending lots of time on a few. In particular, I like fixing typos, article structure, dead links, vandalism, and categories.
According to the stats page on Wikipedia, I registered my account on May 26, 2007, so I’m coming up on my 13th anniversary as an editor. During that time, I’ve had periods of higher activity (including a couple of edit-a-thons!) and also long breaks, but in total I have made 16,222 edits so far. I’ve been doing more editing recently (prompted by #1lib1ref) and that got me wondering — can I reach 20,000 edits by the end of 2020?
There are 222 days (including today) left until the end of the year, so if I average about 17 edits per day, I should be good. Challenging for sure, but I think I can make it happen. Wish me luck. 🙂
A helpful reader sent me a reference for one of the unsourced statements in the Citation Needed (January) post! So was it true, or not?