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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)
- 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
My projects on or relating to Meta Wiki have been:
- Wikimania 2013 jury member; we selected Hong Kong as that year's Wikimania host.
- Planned and facilitated GLAMcamp DC (February 2012) with Lori Phillips and Sarah Stierch.
- Organizing Meta Wiki: I have organized content on this wiki, including the Wikimania pages, the Places and Wikimedia by year category trees, and Chapters committee resolutions.
- I am an elected administrator on Meta; happy to help with administrative needs.
Ongoing/back burner projects
- 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.
- Worked on the FAQ about the English Wikipedia's 2012 blackout in protest of SOPA.
- Helped Sarah Stierch with Women & Wikimedia Survey 2011.
- 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.