Knapp in 2012
|Born||Justin Anthony Knapp
November 18, 1982
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Justin Anthony Knapp (born November 18, 1982) is an American Wikipedia user from Indianapolis, Indiana, who was the first person to contribute more than one million edits to Wikipedia. He also works at a pizza shop, at a crisis line, at the American Friends Service Committee, and at a grocery co-op. He is currently ranked #1 of the most active Wikipedia contributors of all time, as of May 2015.
Knapp, who holds degrees in philosophy and political science from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, has 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 article 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. As of 2013, Knapp was pursuing a nursing degree at Indiana University. 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 then in Western Sahara. He has also done community organizing for a Restore the Fourth rally in 2013.
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