Knapp in 2012
|Born||Justin Anthony Knapp
November 18, 1982
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
|Education||Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis|
Justin Anthony Knapp (born November 18, 1982), also known by his screen name Koavf, is an American Wikipedia user who was the first person to contribute more than one million edits to Wikipedia. As of July 2015, Knapp had made almost 1.5 million edits to Wikipedia. He was ranked No. 1 among the most active Wikipedia contributors of all time, from April 18, 2012 to November 1, 2015.
Knapp attended Covenant Christian High School, where he enrolled in 1997. He holds degrees in philosophy and political science from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. As of 2013, he was pursuing a nursing degree at Indiana University.
Knapp announced his millionth edit to Wikipedia on April 19, 2012. At the time, he had been submitting on average 385 edits a day since signing up in March 2005; about his performance he said: "Being suddenly and involuntarily unemployed will do that to you." His Wikipedia username, Koavf, was chosen as an acronym for "King of all Vext Fans", a reference to a contest Knapp entered for the comic book Vext in the 1990s. Knapp was a significant contributor to Wikipedia's bibliography on George Orwell, and he has also made many edits involving the categorization of albums through Wikipedia's category structure. In 2012, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales congratulated Knapp for his work and presented him with the site's highest award for his achievement by declaring that April 20 would be Justin Knapp Day. In a 2014 interview with Business Insider, Knapp said that "there is no typical day" with regard to his Wikipedia editing, and that his "go-to edits are small style and typo fixes." He also argued that the declining number of Wikipedia editors is "not necessarily a problem".
In 2005, at the United Nations Sixtieth General Assembly, Knapp advocated for the Sahrawi people and spoke about the situation in Western Sahara. He has also done community organizing for a Restore the Fourth rally in 2013.
List of publications
- "The Grant Shapps Affair Is a Testament to Wikipedia's Integrity and Transparency", published by Guardian Media Group for The Guardian online, April 23, 2015
- "Engaging the Public in Ethical Reasoning About Big Data" in Ethical Reasoning in Big Data: An Exploratory Analysis (ed. Jeff Collman and Soren Adam Matei), published by Springer Publishing, April 2016, pp. 43–52, ISBN 978-3-319-28422-4 and ISBN 978-3-319-28420-0 doi:10.1007/978-319-28422-4_4
- Comisky, Daniel S. (July 26, 2012). "King of Corrections". Indianapolis Monthly.
- "The hardest working man on Wikipedia April 19, 2012". Daily Dot. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
- Dewey, Caitlin (22 July 2015). "You don't know it, but you're working for Facebook. For free.". Washington Post. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
- "First man to make 1 million Wikipedia edits". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- Pogue, Paul F.P. (23 May 2012). "Wiki's Million Edit Man is lifelong Hoosier". Nuvo. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- Hansen, Lauren (30 January 2013). "6 super-dedicated employees". The Week. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
- Horn, Leslie (20 April 2012). "Seven Years, One Million Edits, Zero Dollars: Wikipedia's Flat Broke Superstar". Gizmodo. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
- "Wikipedia: Meet the men and women who write the articles". BBC News. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
- "Hardest working man on the internet passes one million Wikipedia edits". Engadget.com. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- Alissa Skelton (23 April 2012). "Wikipedia Volunteer Editor Reaches 1 Million Edits". Mashable. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
- Lubin, Gus (19 September 2014). "This Guy Has Edited Wikipedia More Than 1.3 Million Times — And He Doesn't Believe In The Decline Of The Free Encyclopedia". Business Insider. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
- "Episode 2". University Challenge. Season 2014/2015. Episode 2. 21 July 2014. BBC.
- "REPRESENTATIVES OF MEMBER STATES, NON-SELF-GOVERNING TERRITORIES, PETITIONERS ADDRESS FOURTH COMMITTEE, AS IT CONTINUES GENERAL DEBATE ON DECOLONIZATION: Statements Focus on Questions of Gibraltar , Western Sahara , Guam". United Nations. October 6, 2005. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
- Ritger, Carla (July 3, 2013). "Protesters to March Against Government Surveillance in Nationwide Rally". Indianapolis Star. Gannett.
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