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). I am co-Editor-in-Chief of the Signpost. I keep a list of my writing about Wikipedia, as well as news and blog coverage of my work, on the English Wikipedia. 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 and Wikimedia. Three of my top four endorsements were elected to the three open seats. Two departed within the first year amid extraordinary circumstances. (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.