When someone inserted the words "lesbian" and
"communist" into Sen. Hillary Clinton's
biography on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, Jonathan
Schilling was there to delete them.
When someone inserted a sentence describing how Clinton
"murdered" White House counsel Vince Foster in the
1990s, Schilling was there to remove it.
When someone deleted an entire passage about Bill
Clinton's affair with Gennifer Flowers, Schilling was
there to put it back.
Schilling, a 53-year-old software developer from Monmouth
County, isn't on the staff of the New York
senator's campaign. But he has become the unofficial
guardian of the Democratic presidential candidate's
He estimates he has made about 1,600 edits to the Clinton
biography page, as well as 650 edits on Sen. John
McCain's page, which have become some of the most
visited -- and attacked -- Wikipedia entries.
The site has become such a large portion of his life that
Schilling shrugged when asked how many hours a week he
devotes to it.
"I honestly don't know," he said. "I
do it in the morning when I get up. I do it in the evening
when I get home. Sometimes I stay up late at night."
His devotion has brought Schilling some unexpected
celebrity. In recent weeks he has been interviewed by
National Public Radio, the BBC, Canadian radio, New Republic
magazine and various blogs.
Schilling is part of the growing internet subculture that
has evolved around Wikipedia since the site was founded in
Unlike traditional encyclopedias, Wikipedia lets anyone
write and edit its 10 million entries in 253 languages. It
relies on its army of users to find and quickly correct
errors. Some editors voluntarily spend hours a day watching
over their favorite pages and debating minor changes.