Chemical Citizen of 2006: Wikipedia User “V8rik”

December 27th, 2006

The Chemmy Award for Citizen of Year goes to:

User “V8rik” for his contributions to the chemical content of Wikipedia

I have no idea who this guy is, but he spends an insane amount of time adding chemistry articles to everyone’s favorite online encyclopedia. Just look at his contributions list. Chances are that if you’ve searched for anything chemical on Wikipedia, he’s had something to do with the article.

Cycloadditions? Yup. Ylides? Yup. The Ugi Reaction? That too. The guy is amazing.

This year, I finally made the leap and starting editing Wikipedia. It takes a while to get a hang of the Wiki code, and the style guidelines are even less fun to deal with. Finally, after you’ve learned the code and the style, what you write is forever subject to being changed by any random person on the Internet. So not only are Wikipedia users not paid for their contributions, they have zero editorial control over what they’ve written.

That’s what makes V8rik’s contributions all the more amazing. Sadly, he’ll probably never find out that he’s been awarded a Chemmy, but if he does, he has my sincere appreciation for his hard work. The world of chemistry could use more people like V8rik.

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Previous Comments

  1. Klug Says:
    December 27th, 2006 at 11:33 am He appears to be Dutch. (or at least he knows a lot about their politics.)
  2. Mitch Says:
    December 27th, 2006 at 11:40 am Left a note on his talk page. V8rik Talk PageMitch
  3. Darksyde Says:
    December 27th, 2006 at 12:48 pm The bizzare thing for me was doing a google search on my name and finding university lecturing materials and powerpoint presentations using images I’d uploaded onto wikipedia.
  4. Paul Says:
    December 27th, 2006 at 5:04 pm Thanks for doing that Mitch. I was going to give him one of those Wikipedia barnstar awards, but then I couldn’t decide which one to give him and it was a little confusing about how you’re actually supposed to do it. I’ll get around to it soon.And Darksyde, that’s pretty cool. While I guess Wikipedia is fair game, I get kind of mad at people who use things like Evans’ Chem 206 slides without crediting their source. Some people even “white out” Evans’ name at the top and write their own. Talk about plagiarism.
  5. Wolfie Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 12:24 am Exact boiling point of dichloromethane, for example. I thought it was 42 degrees.
  6. Unilever Centre for Molecular Informatics, Cambridge – petermr’s blog » Blog Archive » Chemical Citizen of 2006 (Wikipedia, Blue obelisk, etc.) Says:
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