Jalopnik‘s David Tracy offers great profile on the editor of the Honda Ridgeline’s Wikipedia page in his article “The Story Behind The Honda Ridgeline’s Wildly, Unusually Detailed Wikipedia Page.” Writes Tracy:
Detailed information on intake airflow paths, and the shape and material makeup of the unibody. Data on torque curves and all available paint color names. The breakdown of tweeter speakers versus full-range ones. Nearly every car has a page on Wikipedia, but the one for the Honda Ridgeline stands above most of them for its obsessive level of detail for a fairly pedestrian vehicle . . . It’s hard to find this level of detail on Wikipedia for any car, let alone something as obscure and somewhat unloved as the Ridgeline.
Tracy set out to investigate the reason the Ridgeline’s article was so detailed, and found himself interviewing Wikipedia editor “McChizzle.” Turns out, McChizzle is a Ridgeline owner who “found himself researching as much about his Ridgeline as he could find—just out of curiosity.”
Knowing that he had the skills, McChizzle decided “maybe I can jump in and help.” But in order to do so, he had quite a bit to learn . . . So starting in July 2014, McChizzle dove deep into all things Ridgeline, asking members on the Ridgeline Owner’s Forum to direct him to reputable sources that could provide insight into how Honda actually designed and built the unibody truck.
McChizzle cites three principles that helped him decide what to include in the Ridgeline’s Wikipedia article: First, Wikipedia’s guidelines, which are standard sections found in many car Wikipedia pages. Second, entries inserted by previous editors, which McChizzle corrected and appended. Third, suggestions made by others on the Ridgeline’s Owner’s Forum, which was the car-loving community outside of Wikipedia. In other words, (1) Wiki standards, (2) Editor additions, (3) Suggestions from outside the Wikipedia community. Applying McChizzle’s three principles seems like a good recipe to create other great Wikipedia pages.
Ultimately, Tracy concludes that Wikipedia is very lucky to have people like McChizzle who openly collaborate and have the motivation to provide this service.
So this amazing Wikipedia page represents a perfect storm of a man falling in love with his Ridgeline, getting agitated by misinformation, and having the skill-set to set the record straight.
Read the full article about McChizzle over at Jalopnik.