My Wikipedia history
I first discovered Wikipedia sometime in early 2001. At the time, there was too little content to make it a useful resource, but throughout 2002 I came back to it again and again. In late 2002 I started contributing (particularly also in January/February 2003). My edits from that time were IP-based and thus don't show up in my history.
My user account was registered in August 2003 because having one was necessary for uploading files. (Later those uploads were transferred to Commons by other users, so they are also gone from my edit history.) But I still made most edits as an IP user, because I've always strongly believed in the openness of WP.
What I like about Wikipedia
I must say I'm impressed with Wikipedia and particularly the development of MediaWiki over the years, and how the social and technical hurdles to a project of this scale have been overcome. MediaWiki, with its categories, templates, automatic image thumbnailing, LaTeX equations, SVG support, watch lists, etc., has really transformed the early Wiki paradigm and demonstrated how to impose some structure on a project. So to me, the technical achievement of the underlying engine is just as important as the (mostly) really wonderful WP content itself.
What I do not like about Wikipedia
My WP contributions come in bouts—sometimes a lot within a short amount of time, then nothing for a few months. So if you don't get a response from me on my talk page, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- My user page at the Wikimedia Commons