Wikipedia is probably the first site that everyone visits when they are looking for accurate information about a person, an organization, an event or any other topic. With more than billions of individual pages and topics, this site has become one of the most regularly visited sites on the internet. But the credit for this goes to the Wikipedia editors who have been working around the clock to make this site informative and resourceful with their regular editing contribution. These are the same people who also responsible for the most edited Wikipedia pages in 2016 as well.
According to some sources including Wikipedia, 2016 was the year for celebrity deaths, Donald Trump and “Fake news website” which were also the most popular and edited pages on this site. Wikipedia aka the free online encyclopedia has some pages that have been edited once or twice from the very beginning. However, the majority of their pages are edited more than that by individual contributors who are either paid or offer their services freely to edit a Wikipedia page of their choosing. Depending on the popularity of the pages, the number of edits can lead to an astonishing number as well.
This was the case for celebrity deaths in 2016. The “Deaths in 2016” page was edited 18,230 times which makes it the most edited Wikipedia page in 2016. It was already expected as 2016 was an awful year with numerous and shocking celebrity deaths including George Michael, David Bowie, Prince, Anton Yelchin, Noel Neill, Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali, John Glenn, Gary Marshall, Gene Wilder and much more. This is the reason so many people edited this page. The second highest Wikipedia page was Donald Trump’s Election which was edited more than 8,933 times. The third most edited Wikipedia page was Fake news website that received Wikipedia revisions almost 7000 times. In addition to these, some other pages such as Brexit, Orlando nightclub shooting, Vincent Van Gogh, Panama Papers were also edited more than thousands of time.
These are most popular topics in Wikipedia for 2016. In addition to this news, there were also a couple of company and individual pages which got edited more than hundreds of time. Now a day, all the businesses have realized the importance of their Wikipedia pages. If a company or an individual takes steps to make a Wikipedia page, they get better exposure in the market, and it helps them to build a strong online reputation as well. As Wikipedia is one of the most visited sites, a page on this platform is quite crucial. There are a couple of people who think that if a company is not present on Wikipedia than it is not credible as well.
These are the reasons behind the increasing number of page edits in Wikipedia in recent times. Also, as most of the companies and individuals are hiring Wikipedia editors to edit or write on this site, the number of edits are rocketing.