Most Prolific Wikipedia Contributor – Steven Pruitt – Ser Amantio di Nicolao

Ozy has an interesting profile up of Steven Pruitt who edits as Ser Amantio di Nicolao on Wikipedia and is the site’s number one contributor by number of edits.

Now writing under the username Ser Amantio di Nicolao, a minor character in a Puccini opera, Pruitt has created 30,000 articles on his own, but the 2.2 million edits (more than 500 per day) would be impossible without automated help. For instance, he used an artificial intelligence bot to improve the map functionality on tens of thousands of pages devoted to the National Register of Historic Places. He’s in favor of generating automated articles about geographic areas or species — similar to a project on Swedish-language Wikipedia — but “stick in the mud” thinking in the wider community, Pruitt says, means no such tool is forthcoming.

The userboxes on Pruitt’s Wikipedia user page are fantastic:

I’d like to meet Pruitt in-person as he seems like a fascinating guy!

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