User:Peteforsyth

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I am Pete Forsyth. I have been a Wikipedian and Wikimedian since 2006 (and using wikis since about 2003). Wikimedia is both a personal passion, and central to my professional career.

Some milestones in my Wikimedia/Wikipedia work:

  • Covered the Wikimedia Board of Trustees election on my blog, advocating for candidates who would prioritize a deeper understanding of the social dynamics that support Wikipedia/Wikimedia. I am pleased with the outcome, and look forward to seeing how the board shifts its efforts. (I also ran briefly myself, but withdrew before voting opened. I have kept an archive of my answers to the candidate questions.) (2015)
  • Wrote Letter to Wikimedia Foundation: Superprotect and Media Viewer, that gathered more than 1,000 signatures -- one of the most engaging calls for participation in Wikimedia history. (2014)
  • Designed Writing Wikipedia Articles, a free (and libre), 6 week online course; taught it four times. (2013-'14)
  • Published an op-ed in USA Today, top-3 US newspaper by circulation, about Wikimedia leadership. (2014)
  • Wikimedia General Counsel Geoff Brigham sought my advice in designing an open process to rewrite the Wikimedia sites' Terms of use document. I urged him to assign staff to impartially manage the complex discussion; he did, and I am proud of the results. I also later contributed to the substance of the document. (2011)
  • Designed the pilot project that was the basis for the Education Program of the Wikimedia Foundation, and for the U.S./Canada-focused Wiki Education Foundation. (2010)
  • Convinced numerous people and organizations to invest money and time into improving Wikipedia and other projects, both through my business (Wiki Strategies) and as a volunteer. (2009-present)

More on my English Wikipedia page.


Activities on Meta Wiki[edit]

My projects on or relating to Meta Wiki have been:

Ongoing/back burner projects[edit]

  • Gender gap: I'm concerned about the disparity between male and female contributors to our projects. I'm on the Gendergap email list, and often on the IRC chat channel. I do my best to put in effort when good ideas come up.
  • WikiPods: Frank Schulenburg, my former boss at the Wikimedia Foundation, started this page to collect ideas for small, local outreach projects. I've done a lot of this sort of work, and will try to keep building this page as time permits.
  • /Customer service: Trying to think through how our excellent customer service team presents itself to Wikimedians and readers. Your input welcome.
  • I've done a fair amount of work on the Outreach wiki as well, which is closely related to my work here on Meta.
A Wikimedian at work: Asking permission to publish a photo of a highway worker on Wikipedia.

Past projects[edit]

Interesting pages[edit]

  • Planet Wikimedia: A great place to find blogs by Wikimedians and Wikipedians.
  • Meta's "Public speakers" page: I have given many talks on Wikipedia and related talks. But I stay off this list -- in the absence of any meaningful guidelines about who can be listed there and how, I don't think it's useful, and would rather not be listed there.
  • Foundation wiki feedback: This is a good page to monitor, and a good resource for offering feedback.
  • IRC office hours: These IRC discussions can be fun, informative, and a good opportunity to connect with other Wikipedians and Metamedians.
  • Foundation reports Monthly reports from WMF, as well as Board meeting minutes, etc.