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Maria Sibylla Merian: Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, 1705
Maria Sibylla Merian: Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, 1705
About me
I dwell in Possibility —
Emily Dickinson

From 2005 to 2014, I was mostly active on German Wikipedia. Due to the superprotect affair I became a critical observer of the Wikimedia projects, watching developments from a distance. I support the Letter to Wikimedia Foundation: Superprotect and Media Viewer, as do over 970 other authors, as of September 2015. This also lead to my retirement from the German branch of the Wikipedia Library I had begun to launch at the time.
From 2010 to 2013, I took part in Wikimedia Deutschland's outreach programme, bringing a critical point of view on Wikipedia to both the classroom and universities. When Wikimedia Deutschland cancelled its education programme, I became a co-founder of the wiki:team network of public speakers, continuing our previous work for Wikipedia in education.
From June 2012 until May 2013, I was a member of German Wikipedia's arbitration committee. From October 2012 until July 2013, I was a sysop and bureaucrat on German Wikiversity. From February 2013 until December 2015 I was a member of the German Volunteer Response Team (then known as OTRS).
I used to be a regular contributor to our community's blog Wikipedia:Kurier, taking an interest in the relationship between Wikimedia organisations and communities.
In 2019, I resumed editing more regularly in my main areas of interest, viz. law and society, literature, and LIS. I also contribute to our resource exchange on German Wikipedia as best I can.
I support the Community open letter on renaming the Wikimedia Foundation, as do over 1000 other authors and over 70 Wikimedia affiliated and not affiliated organisations, as of September 2021. I also subscribe to the sustainability initiative, as do over 740 more contributors, as of September 2021. In October 2022 I endorsed Think big – open letter about Wikimedia Commons.
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/Wikimedia-Bewegung – a sketch of the Wikimedia movement and its policies (unfinished draft, 2012/2013, in German)
/Wikimedia-Rechtsfragen – an overview of legal opinions, court rulings, and discussions on Wikimedia legal matters
/Wikipedia-Bibliographie – a list of references on Wikipedia and Wikimedia matters (2010)
/Standortbestimmung Wikipedia 2013 – an analysis of Wikipedia in 2013 with regard to Wikimedia policies and conflicts over paid editing (in German)
/Bestandsaufnahme Wikiversity 2013 – a brief comment and an article from the Wikipedia:Kurier on the state of German Wikiversity in 2013; an essay written in preparation of the first Wikiversity meetup scheduled for July 2013 (in German)
/Bestandsaufnahme Wikinews 2013 – a critical appraisal of the role Wikinews can play within the current media landscape (in German)
/Don't break the community – three posts to wikitech-l in June 2014 on the conflict between technical progress for MediaWiki and community development