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The media found a man who made three million edits on Wikipedia for free. Reddit now honors him

He helped you write essays and prepare for the session, and you do not even know his name.

Stephen Pruitt Photography by Martin Joseph, The Washington Post

In the English-language “Wikipedia” written nearly six million articles. And in a third of these materials, 35-year-old American Steven Pruitt made at least one revision. He has more than three million edits and almost 35 thousand original articles. This brought Pruitt almost legendary status on Reddit after users read about it in CBS material .

An American spends three hours each day editing Wikipedia. He still lives with his parents in Virginia, where he was born, raised and graduated from college. Prvitta’s main work is also related to information: he deals with archives and records of the US Customs and Border Protection Service

“I think my parents considered my hobby insane for a long time,” Previtt said. He has been writing on Wikipedia since 2006 and remains the leader in edits: the second place winner made 900,000 less edits. The American never asked for money for his work.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I am fascinated by the idea that I do everything for free. My mother grew up in the USSR, so I know how much freedom of information means. And how much effort is made to make information free.[/perfectpullquote]
Stephen Pruitt
The author of three million edits on Wikipedia.

Time magazine included in Pruitt among the 25 most influential people on the Internet – the American was on the same list as Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian. Despite this, his name is almost unknown to anyone. This injustice decided to fix on Reddit.

After the release of the CBS material, several pictures appeared at the top of the site at which they honor Prewitt. One of them scored more than 90 thousand “pluses”, the other – almost 85 thousand “pluses”. In both pictures, the moment from the movie “Spiderman 2” is played up. In the story, the superhero saves the passengers of the train, after which they carry him in their arms with the words: “Careful, he is a hero.”

In the comments, users thanked Pruitt for their dedication and articles, thanks to which they could prepare for exams, write them off as quizzes and do homework.

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