Simon Pulsifer

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Simon Pulsifer
Sue Gardner and Wikipedia editor Simon Pulsifer.jpg
Simon Pulsifer with Sue Gardner
Born (1981-09-11) September 11, 1981 (age 33)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Occupation Writer
Employer New Democratic Party of Ontario

Simon Edward Pulsifer (born September 11, 1981 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) is a contributor to the English-language Wikipedia whose prolific participation made him a "minor media celebrity".[1]

Wikipedia[edit]

Pulsifer became an active contributor of Wikipedia on December 10, 2001[2] under the username SimonP, just after hearing about the site from The New York Times Magazine.[3] While studying for his bachelor's degree he said he spent over six hours a day on the Wikipedia website. As of January 2011, Pulsifer had made more than 111,000 edits and started almost 3,000 articles on Wikipedia.[4][not in citation given] He is an administrator.[5]

Pulsifer's level of productivity at Wikipedia has resulted in him becoming a subject for human interest stories in the local press.[6][7][8] Together with Jimmy Wales, Pulsifer made an appearance on the On Point show, on August 2, 2006.[9] In December 2006, TIME's annual "Person of the Year" issue contained a feature about Pulsifer.[10] On February 6, 2011, Wikimedia's Executive Director Sue Gardner presented him with a token of appreciation from the Wikipedia community for being one of the most prolific writers and editors.[11]

Personal[edit]

Pulsifer grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[12][13][not in citation given] He attended the French immersion programme at Rockcliffe Park Public School from kindergarten to grade 6. In June 2000, he graduated from Lisgar Collegiate Institute, and went on to study history at the University of Toronto, Victoria College where he was a resident at Gate House.

Residing in Toronto (as of 2007), he lived in Ottawa for many years. He has worked for the political campaigns of politicians in both cities—Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) and Olivia Chow (Trinity Spadina)—and was the database manager for 2006 Ottawa mayoral candidate Alex Munter.[14][15]

In 2014, Pulsifer volunteers with Olivia Chow's Toronto mayoral campaign.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Lesley Ciarula (23 November 2009). "Thousands of editors leaving Wikipedia". Toronto Star. 
  2. ^ "Contributions summary for: SimonP". Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Amber MacArthur (12 March 2007). "Video: King of Wikipedia". Retrieved 2007-03-27. [dead link]
  4. ^ Gaudiano, Nicole (February 27, 2006). "Inside the world of Wikipedians, there's drama, politics and love". USA Today. Retrieved 2006-10-04. 
  5. ^ List of administrators
  6. ^ Alexandra Shimo (August 4, 2006). "Prolific Canadian is king of Wikipedia". Globe and Mail (Toronto). Retrieved 2006-10-04. [dead link] Copy of full text here [1]
  7. ^ Rundle, Lisa (Winter 2006). "Wikipedia Wonderboy". University of Toronto Magazine. Retrieved 2006-10-04. 
  8. ^ The Ottawa Citizen August 11, 2005 p. A2 and The Ottawa Citizen December 13, 2005 p. A13
  9. ^ Ashbrook, Tom (August 2006). "Wikipedia: Open Intelligence". WBUR/NPR. Retrieved 2006-10-04. 
  10. ^ Grossman, Lev (December 16, 2006). "Simon Pulsifer: The Duke of Data". TIME. Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  11. ^ Sue Gardner and Simon Pulsifer (6 February 2011). Sue Gardner comes to Toronto (video). Toronto, Ontario: Wikicommons. 
  12. ^ "Ottawa Buzz: My Dad Vs Yours Usher In Spring". Chart. May 8, 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-27. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Canadian War Museum Staff Directory". Canadian War Museum. Retrieved 2007-03-13.  (Internet Archive Wayback Machine copy)
  14. ^ Bray, Richard (2007-01-18). "The Disciple and the prophet". The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  15. ^ Gulli, Cathy (August 15, 2006). "Meet Mr. Know-it-all: Simon Pulsifer". Maclean's. Retrieved 2006-10-04. 

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