Esquire article edited via Wiki

Esquire editor A.J. Jacobs invited Wikipedia users to edit an article online that will appear in an upcoming issue of the magazine, as an experiment. Wikipedia users made more than 500 edits to the article before it was frozen.


Esquire editor A.J. Jacobs invited Wikipedia users to edit an article online that will appear in an upcoming issue of the magazine, as an experiment. Wikipedia users made more than 500 edits to the article before it was frozen. (You can see the article here.)

In a note on the site, Jacobs said he deliberating riddled the original article with errors to see what would happen. The editors quickly fixed the errors.

Jacobs said the experiment was “absolutely fascinating.”

“I was riveted to my computer, pressing refresh every 45 seconds to see the next iteration. And the next and the next. For the last few days, my wife has been what you might call a Wikipedia Widow.

“I feel like I should submit all my articles to the community to get them Wikipedia-ized. I can’t wait to print this in Esquire magazine.”

The article is expected to run in the November issue of Equire.