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Volunteer, Wikipedia
"Wikipedia's articles are no place for strong views. Or rather, we feel about strong views the way that a natural history museum feels about tigers. We admire them and want our visitors to see how fierce and clever they are, so we stuff them and mount them for close inspection. We put up all sorts of carefully worded signs to get people to appreciate them as much as we do. But however much we adore tigers, a live tiger loose in the museum is seen as an urgent problem." William Pietri , 15 November 2005

About me

I am a software engineer from Ireland. My professional experience is in user research, user advocacy and user interface development. Most of my work has been in areas to do with addressing the digital divide.

Outside of work, my interests are in Irish and British-Irish history, politics and sociology. I am particularly interested in political institutions and democratic systems.

I joined Wikipedia in 2004 and began contributing regularly in 2006. I took a wikibreak in 2008 and contributed less actively as an IP. I wrote the essay, IPs Are Human Too, based on my experience during that period.

I have degrees in social science, interactive media and user-centered design.

My work

My most frequent area of contribution is on issues around Irish interest, in particular politics- and history-related topics. Given my professional background, I also contribute to template development and image requests. I also keep a bot, written using an API I developed.

In 2011, I successfully requested adminship. As part of that, I gave several undertakings, including that I would be open to recall.

Specifically admin-related work that I undertake includes keeping a regular eye on candidates for speedy deletion and requests for intervention against vandalism. I also sporadically attack other admin backlogs.
Disclaimer: Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view, using verifiable sources and containing no original research. Consequently, none of the views I express here are my own.

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