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Meet the 19-Year-Old Who Edits Many of NYC’s Wikipedia Transportation Pages

2018-04-09 01:36
Ryan Ng said he was bored with school when he started editing Wikipedia pages at age 13. Now, at 19, he has created more than 17,000 Wikipedia pages and edited over 50,000 others. “I think it’s fun to add information to an article, especially since Wikipedia isn’t really that known as a reliable source because there’s not that much information that has reliable sources. There’s a duty that I feel I have to add information that is correct and reliable," Ryan Ng, Wikipedia Editor. The Baruch College student says he enjoys math, technology, space, and going to amusement parks. However he mostly edits pages about New York City and its transportation.   Ng goes by the name of “Epicgenius” on Wikipedia. While the name sounds rather self-aggrandizing, he’s humble about his accomplishments.   “I think I make a little difference but together with a lot of editors, a lot of other editors, we combine and make a huge difference on the world, because everyone looks at Wikipedia at one time or another,” Ryan Ng, Wikipedia Editor. He used to spend 7 to 8 hours a day editing Wikipedia. Now he says he only spends about 2 to 3 hours on it. 

“I would edit Wikipedia a lot and I got bad grades as a result. But since I have started improving my grades, I’ve also cut back on editing.”

While he enjoys editing Wikipedia, he says he doesn’t want to be paid for it. Once he graduates, he plans to get a job related to computer science or financial analysis. With reporting by NTD’s Sydney Wang