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Maggie Dennis
Maggie Dennis
Chief, Community Engagement, Wikimedia Foundation
Conflict is inevitable, but combat is not.

This is not the actual quote, which is a fine quote - "Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional" - by Max Lucado. It has a better ring to it, the original, but my alteration suits me better. Nothing kills a quote, even an altered one, like overexplaining.

About me

Hi. I'm Maggie. A happy reader of Wikipedia, I edited as an IP a few times before deciding finally to register an account Moonriddengirlin April 2007. Not entirely sure how to help out, I pressed "random article" in the toolbar until something came up that looked like it needed fixing. This was the article I found. I didn't exactly know what I was doing (obviously), but I left it better than I found it. The next day I found w:en:Wikipedia:Cleanup and things progressed from there.

From the beginning, I loved Wikipedia. I love that a diverse group of people from all over the world can come together to build something so incredibly useful. While not without challenges, it is an ambitious and admirable goal, and I have tried to do my bit towards advancing it since 2007. My enthusiasm for our work only increased as I discovered the diversity of our projects. While I have put most of my volunteer time into Wikipedia, I have tried my hand at some of the other projects as well, contributing content to Wikimedia Commons, Wikiversity, Wiktionary, Wikinews, Wikisource, and Wikidata.

I am not in the San Francisco office, but am based on the east coast of the United States with my family. I have previously worked in education, publishing and law (as a paralegal). I understand a lot of living languages a little bit and a few dead languages fairly well, but am all too aware of my shortcomings to claim fluency in anything outside of English. (I am, however, very good at finding translators to help me, so don't let a lack of English fluency on your part prevent your sending me a note!)

My work

In February 2016 I became Chief of Community Engagement, a role I agreed to serve through executive transition until the long-term needs of the movement, the Foundation, and the department were better understood via the 2030 strategic direction and the right fit for those specific needs could be located. I'm excited that we are narrowing in on candidates, whereupon I will transition to Vice President of Support and Services. CE is a Wikimedia Foundation staff department of over 40 people focused on the goal of increasing the quantity, quality, diversity, and reach of free knowledge by supporting people and organizations aligned with the Wikimedia Foundation mission. We support contributors by representing them in the development of new technical tools, by supporting community governance and innovations, by implementing trust & safety, by scaling strategic programs, and by making grants to individuals, groups and organizations working on building community and growing content on Wikimedia projects and sites as well as related open knowledge projects. We are committed to supporting under-represented contributors and emerging regions, languages, and communities. The Support and Services function of CE is expected to comprise around half of the department once we have finished structuring to support the 2030 strategic direction.

Disclaimer: I work for or provide services to the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I try to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

Contact me

You can reach me at my email address at mdennis@wikimedia.org

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