Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Wikipedia United States

Teenage Subway Aficionados Help With the Upkeep of Every One of New York City's 472 Subway Stations -- At Least on Wikipedia (nytimes.com) 54

The New York Times has a feature story about two incredible teenagers who work behind the scenes to improve all of the Wikipedia articles about the New York Subway system. An excerpt: Ryan Ng is a 19-year-old freshman at Baruch College in Manhattan. He studies finance, lives at home with his parents in Queens and is a member of the college's "League of Legends" video game club. But in the somewhat fanatical world of Wikipedia supercontributors, he is best known by his alias, Epicgenius. As Epicgenius, Mr. Ng has made over 180,000 edits to Wikipedia and created more than 17,000 pages for the site. Most of his work is in the service of his particular fixation: updating the articles associated with all 472 stations of the New York Subway system.

"Sometimes I edit before I do homework, which is not a good thing," Mr. Ng said. But he finds his hobby satisfying. "When I improve an article, I feel like I've accomplished something. I see my editing as more of a mission." Mr. Ng discovered Wikipedia editing when he was 13. He recalled wanting to collaborate on the page for "Gangnam Style," the hugely popular 2012 hit by the South Korean performer Psy. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Ng decided to specialize in public transit, which he considered a somewhat more useful pursuit. He knows his hobby can become obsessive because it's happened before.

This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Teenage Subway Aficionados Help With the Upkeep of Every One of New York City's 472 Subway Stations -- At Least on Wikipedia

Comments Filter:
  • Can someone please translate?
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      There's a couple of guys who spend most of their time on Wikipedia writing about subway stations. Apparently they're "incredible".

      • by Kjella ( 173770 ) on Sunday April 01, 2018 @07:49PM (#56364325) Homepage

        There's a couple of guys who spend most of their time on Wikipedia writing about subway stations. Apparently they're "incredible".

        More like half crazy but it's obsessive people like this that makes Wikipedia have huge, detailed articles on an absurd number of things. I mean how much would you pay someone to write on the New York subway for an encyclopedia? Even online where printing cost is not an issue you'd probably pay someone a buck or two for a tiny subsection. Instead you have a guy who'll write hundreds of articles for free out of some sense of public service. Some other dude will be an astronomy nut and write articles on stars and so on for every event, time period, area, species and whatever. Of course the downside is that many of these will treat their area as their own fiefdom, but the good crazy mostly outweigh the bad crazy.

        • agree...KenPom and all that. let the obsessives obsesses.
        • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

          Now the presents a new question, should it be free or should there be a resource pool providing rewards for that kind of voluntary work. It is a good idea that it happens, should not an effort be made to promote it and provide some sort of reward for those who do it 'on spec' https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki... [wiktionary.org], for a job well done and the service it provides.

  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Sunday April 01, 2018 @06:54PM (#56364165)

    So, not actually mopping up hobo piss?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    that this had nothing to do with sandwiches.

  • as a Teenage Subway Aficionado
  • "In local news tonight, two teenagers are in jail, awaiting questioning by Department of Homeland Security officials. Ryan Ng and Shaul Picker, both of Queens, were found to be obsessively documenting sensitive information on the city's 472 subway stations on the popular website, Wikipedia. When asked why the teens were being kept in jail pending questioning, DHS officials said that they were taking the actions 'out of an abundance of caution.' Neither the teens parents, nor Wikipedia representatives, ha

  • An actual "thing"... (Score:4, Informative)

    by Frosty Piss ( 770223 ) * on Sunday April 01, 2018 @08:11PM (#56364393)

    Many would not think so, but the NYC subway system (and the London tubes as well. Not to mention the Moscow subway) has a big following that includes lots of YouTube videos and actual established tours. Check out: https://www.youtube.com/result... [youtube.com]

    • by angel'o'sphere ( 80593 ) on Monday April 02, 2018 @10:32AM (#56366439) Journal

      A few weeks ago I was in a pub and a guy at the bar was involved in a talk to the next guy.

      Turned out he was retired and his hobby was "subway", "metro" or "tram" explorations. He was in my town to basically ride every city train from end station to end station and and watching the city/landscape.

      I actually considered something similar in Paris, I was so often there, but basically only know 0.5% of the city.

      But for that guy it was a typical holiday. He informs himself about the town and then books a hotel an then only rides around in trains ... kinda absurd.

  • Just the facts (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Frosty Piss ( 770223 ) *

    Ryan Ng is a 19-year-old freshman at Baruch College in Manhattan. He studies finance, lives at home with his parents in Queens and is a member of the college's "League of Legends" video game club.

    And has a fixation on Wikipedia subway articles...

    The is certainly one thing we can say for sure: Young Mr. Ng is not getting laid.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Ryan Ng is a 19-year-old freshman at Baruch College in Manhattan. He studies finance, lives at home with his parents in Queens and is a member of the college's "League of Legends" video game club.

      And has a fixation on Wikipedia subway articles...

      The is certainly one thing we can say for sure: Young Mr. Ng is not getting laid.

      Geoff Marshall has a bit of a fascination with with the rail system(s) in Britain, and he seems to have healthy relationship with his partner (fiancee?). They spent a few months visiting all 2,563 railway stations in Great Britain last year:

      * http://allthestations.co.uk

    • The is certainly one thing we can say for sure: Young Mr. Ng is not getting laid.
      I would not be so certain about that :D However he is not looking like an athlet.

  • but as a conservative Jew, he can’t edit on Shabbat

    Has he asked his rabbi about this? It hardly qualifies as 'work' if you ask me.

  • IMHO, the MTA could care less about how the subway runs. They are only concerned with 20 and out (twenty years service, then pension). It's a real problem here..
  • It is bad that the first thing I thought of while reading the headline was teenagers skipping out of their first class after lunch to go eat at Subway the restaurant?
  • One reason why I don't edit anymore.

    I used to maintain the german "Scrum" site (some morons put complete bullshit there), but I'm no longer doing that, mainly because I lost my password. And Wikipedia has a broken password recovery page since 5 or 6 years, no one is fixing it ... funny somehow, but actually sad.

"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love." -- Albert Einstein

Working...