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Gereon Kalkuhl

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Like many people, I have a few unusual hobbies. One of them is films — helping make them, actually. I've appeared as an extra in more than fifty movies.

I don’t make much money on these tiny roles. But it's fun to be on a movie set. You see what it's like behind the scenes. And you see how the whole team works together to create something amazing: a feature film. That’s something you never forget.

My other hobby, of course, is Wikipedia — a collaborative project on an entirely bigger scale. As a volunteer writer, editor and administrator, here are few things I’ve learned.

Almost everybody who contributes to Wikipedia does so completely for free. No one makes money on Wikipedia's millions of articles and images. And yet, it works. Wikipedia keeps growing, and it keeps getting better.

Wikipedia editors are people of every age and every walk of life: businessmen, artists, housewives, students. They come from all over the world. They share one thing in common: they love learning, and they love sharing what they've learned.

It's incredible. Millions of people working together, to create something phenomenal.

Will you join us? Make an edit. Add a link. And take a peek at how Wikipedia works behind the scenes.

Thanks,

Gereon Kalkuhl

Gereon Kalkuhl is a professional translator who lives in Germany. Though he speaks English, Portuguese, and a handful of Swedish, Serbo-Croatian and Dutch, he mainly edits Wikipedia in German, his first language. His articles focus on topics like nature, politics and chess.

Video Attribution: The Impact of Wikipedia - Gereon Kalkuhl by Victor Grigas, under CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported, from Wikimedia Commons.

Image Attribution: Gereon Kalkuhl by Karen Sayre, under CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported, from Wikimedia Commons.

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