The First 50 Mistakes of a Wikipedian

Jake Orlowitz
Aug 27, 2019 · 14 min read

From the first time I edited, to the ten-thousandth, it dawned on me over several years that what made a ‘Wikipedian’ was not rigid neutrality, or knowledge of markup formatting, or proper usage of citation templates. Rather, the defining characteristic was someone who had been bold enough to make 50 mistakes. Surely, it shouldn’t require such trial and error to figure out our community, but alas, such is life. I wrote this