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Sverker Johansson could be the most prolific author you've never heard of. Volunteering his time over the past seven years publishing to Wikipedia, the 53-year-old Swede can take credit for 2.7 million articles, or 8.5% of the entire collection, according to Wikimedia analytics, which measures the site's traffic. His stats far outpace any other user, the group says.
He has been particularly prolific cataloging obscure animal species, including butterflies and beetles, and is proud of his work highlighting towns in the Philippines. About one-third of his entries are uploaded to the Swedish language version of Wikipedia, and the rest are composed in two versions of Filipino, one of which is his wife's native tongue.
An administrator holding degrees in linguistics, civil engineering, economics and particle physics, he says he has long been interested in "the origin of things, oh, everything."
It isn't uncommon, however, for Wikipedia purists to complain about his method. That is because the bulk of his entries have been created by a computer software program—known as a bot. Critics say bots crowd out the creativity only humans can generate. Mr. Johansson's program scrubs databases and other digital sources for information, and then packages it into an article. On a good day, he says his "Lsjbot" creates up to 10,000 new entries. 10,000 Bot-Generated Articles Per Day: Is That Really Good or Really Bad [online.wsj.com]
In this context I see it as not ideal, but useful in one way. Is it better to look up something and find no entry or a stub entry that can be expanded, edited and become useful?
holding degrees in linguistics, civil engineering, economics and particle physics
* M.Sc. Engineering Physics, 1982. [Lund Institute of Technology]
* B.Sc. Economics, 1984. [University of Gothenburg]
* Ph.D. Particle Physics, 1990. [CERN/University of Lund.]
* BA Linguistics, 2002: University of Lund.
* MA Linguistics, 2012: University of Lund.
10,000 per day is quite scary.
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