1: The most prolific editor on Wikipedia
Since joining Wikipedia a decade ago, 32-year-old Justin Anthony Knapp (username “koavf”) has established himself as the the site’s most active contributor of all time. He has made an astonishing 1,485,342 edits (an average of 385 per day), ranging in topic from Taylor Swift to the history of blacksmithing.
What’s life like as Wikipedia’s most prolific editor? And what has compelled this man to dedicate thousands of hours of his time, knowledge, and energy to an online encyclopedia for absolutely no compensation? We gave him a call to find out.
2: China’s no-ghost protocol is hampering movie flops
“Ghosts are real, that much I know,” is the first line spoken in Guillermo del Toro’s swooning Gothic thriller Crimson Peak, which opened to solid reviews but a tepid box office last weekend. In today’s global film economy, sub-par earnings in America don’t necessarily doom a film: Del Toro’s last effort, Pacific Rim, made up for its mediocre domestic performance by being a big hit overseas, especially in China. Producers are hoping the same will happen for Crimson Peak, but there’s one big problem. China’s Film Bureau doesn’t allow movies with ghosts in them, and certainly not movies that assert they’re “real.”
3: Can design save comments from the trolls?
Internet comments are broken. A small population of abusive trolls have ruined Internet commenting for everyone. On this, pretty much everyone can agree. What people can’t agree on is what to do about it […] when you make a comment on Civil Comments, the first thing that happens is you’re asked to rate two other comments on the site for quality and civility. Then before you can post, you are asked to rate your own comment under the same criteria. It’s only then that you can post your comment to the site.
4: When news organizations publish stuff accidentally
Interesting to see how some news orgs’ CMS’s guard against the accidental or unwanted publication of stories.
5: What the buttonhole on your lapel is for
Hats! And buttons, sort of.
6: An Everlasting Meal, by Tamar Adler
I’d heard good things about this book. I read it yesterday, and thoroughly recommend it. It’s not about frugal cooking per se; more the ability to extract every little bit of value and use from each component. The ends (often literally) of one ingredient or dish are used to kickstart the next bit of cooking and eating, and things are left over from that to be born again.
If you’re a seasoned cook there won’t be much new here in terms of recipes—it’s not that sort of cookbook—but the combination of the philosophy, cuisine (mostly Mediterranean with a focus on Italian) and writing style are everything I wanted. I came away with lots of good ideas on how to eat better food more simply, carefully and cheaply.
7: The definitive guide to Google’s Rich Answers
One of things in my office that bugs me more than it should is people lazily shouting out questions that, if typed verbatim into Google, would be answered by Google itself. No need to click through. “What’s the time in New York?”. “How many pounds in a stone?”. That sort of thing. (As an aside, my dear friend and colleague Alex is possibly too far in the other direction. He doesn’t like to bother people, so it’s only when 4 hours of searching doesn’t bring about an answer that he shares his query with the team.)
Anyway. These are called rich answers, and here’s a guide to them. A definitive one. Some 31% of search queries now return a rich answer.
8: This 11-year-old is selling cryptographically secure passwords for $2 each
We now live in a world where a New York City sixth grader is making money selling strong passwords. Earlier this month, Mira Modi, 11, began a small business at dicewarepasswords.com, where she generates six-word Diceware passphrases by hand.