I like fixing things. Wikipedia allowed me to fix information.
I’ve used Wikipedia since the project was launched and have been a registered member since 2007. At that time, Wikipedia represented the epitome of what (to me) Web 2.0. was about: an easy way for everyone to partake, publicly, in the creation of information, both in terms of content and metadata. In other words, I could at last fix people’s mistakes.
I haven’t made many edits to Wikipedia itself, but I have edited many in other wikis connected to my hobbies and interests – usually in small chunks. I like fixing mistakes offline as well. If I could fix billboards, posters, pamphlets and all manner of broken information out there, I would.
The freedom to correct things – even though these corrections may be disputed, reversed or even disappear as the article continues to improve – makes fixing information easy.