Also, almost unknown to many of you, I had been a very avid contributor (click) to Wikipedia articles. But had to tear away myself from that web site, especially editing it, only since it was so very addictive and hampering my studies (not unlike blogging 😉 ).
There is an article I had created and brought to its current status almost entirely on my own, including making several diagrams. On searching for ‘polyclonal response’ on major search engines, that article is the first result one gets. Here (click). It enjoys the status of a ‘Good article‘ on Wikipedia, which means by quality and reliability as judged by a stringent peer review, it is 1 among every 403 articles.
Also, I had singlehandedly created an article on a very important topic called ‘lymph’, which a year back used to get almost 700 to 1000 hits in a day, or more! Same with articles on ‘B cell’ and ‘lymphatic system’, to which I had made significant contributions.
It has been more than a year I have made any significant edits to Wikipedia, and was feeling nostalgic. And not to forget, once a Wikipedian is always a Wikipedian. 🙂 So, I wanted to share these things with a few readers who visit my blog. Somehow though contributing to Wikipedia has not brought me any glory or provided with career boost, I feel very content to have added something to the World’s knowledge-base. I have used Wikipedia extensively, and have always felt deeply indebted to those anonymous contributors who have been enriching my life through their knowledge and writings, with no material rewards in return, except for the satisfaction of sharing their knowledge systematically.
If any of you feel you are an expert/well read person in anything under the Sun (and beyond), please do share your knowledge through Wikipedia. 🙂