From CBS News:
CBS NEWS January 26, 2019, 12:18 PM
Steven Pruitt has made nearly 3 million edits on Wikipedia and written 35,000 original articles. It’s earned him not only accolades but almost legendary status on the internet. …
Still living with his parents in the home he grew up in, Pruitt has always remained true to his interests.
“I think for a long time there was an attitude of, ‘That’s nice, dear. The boy’s crazy. I don’t know why he wastes his time, the boy’s crazy,'” Pruitt said of what his parents think of his volunteer gig.
That may have changed when Time magazine named him one of the top 25 most influential people on the internet, alongside President Trump, J.K. Rowling and Kim Kardashian West.
How much money does he make from his work? None.
“The idea of making it all free fascinates me. My mother grew up in the Soviet Union … So I’m very conscious of what, what it can mean to make knowledge free, to make information free,” he said.
Pulling from books, academic journals and other sources, he spends more than three hours a day researching, editing and writing.
Even his day job is research, working in records and information at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
So that’s why Ravi Ragbir is still here: there have been Wikipedia articles to write!
… “The last statistic I saw was that 17.6 percent of the biographical articles on Wikipedia area about women, on the English Wikipedia I should say,” Pruitt said. “It was under 15 percent a couple of years ago which shows you how much we have been able to move the needle.”
How does he celebrate that victory? “Write another article, make another edit.”
But of course, by writing more articles for free, he’s lowering the percentage of articles written by women.