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Jakarta Post

Revo Arka Giri Soekatno: Nurturing the Wiki movement

  • Anissa S. Febrina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 18 2010   /  01:20 pm

He associates himself with Albert Camus’ Meursault; an outsider, a stranger. But to more than a thousand Wikipedia Indonesia collaborators, Revo Arka Giri Soekatno is quite a legend. Courtesy of Reva ArkagiriPeople dubbed him the father of Wikimedia Indonesia, an offline forum of the free encyclopedia website. The man himself sees what he’s done as a mere productive pastime.Whether he realizes it or not, the 34-year-old is the engine that kick-started a snowballing collaborative movement.“Actually when I started, I didn’t realize that I was starting a community,” Revi — as he is called by his friends — said in an email interview, adding that his Wikipedia “addiction” started in 2003.Addiction probably best explains why Revi, a Netherlands resident, and 1,400 active Wikipedia users
in Indonesia keep doing what they do, without personal gain, be it financially or in a...