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Adrianne Wadewitz dies at 37; helped diversify Wikipedia
Adrianne Wadewitz dies at 37; helped diversify Wikipedia

When Adrianne Wadewitz became a Wikipedia contributor 10 years ago she decided to use a pseudonym, certain that fellow scholars at Indiana University would frown on writing for the often-maligned "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit." But Wadewitz eventually came out as a Wikipedian, the term the encyclopedia uses to describe the tens of thousands of volunteers who write and edit its pages. A rarity as a woman in the male-centric Wikipedia universe, she became one of its most valued and prolific contributors as well as a force for diversifying its ranks and demystifying its inner workings. Her goal was "empowering everyday Internet users to be critical of how information is produced...

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