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Hello. I'm Rosie and I became a Wikipedia contributor in June 2007. Two years later, I became an administrator; mostly I'm a content sysop. I believe in the power of mentoring, both on Wikipedia and IRL so, in 2009, I was one of the early Online Ambassadors in the WP:Education program, and in 2012, I was involved in the development of the Teahouse. Well traveled, I split my time between homes in Nevada City, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. My Wikimedia interview on Meta.

What else? I work for an international organization in the healthcare industry. For about 5 years, I was an adjunct faculty member at a university in San Diego, California, and I was honored to be a Women of Merit laureate in that county. I collect random old books (we all read Fahrenheit 451, right?), I'm a sometime painter of mandalas and drips, there's probably a cup of coffee within arm's reach, and my cat is close by. My first edits created the article Book League of America, and Wikiproject Anthroponomy was my first Wikiproject. I'm passionate about editing Wikipedia and believe whole-heartedly in the mission to build an encyclopedia that contains the "sum of all human knowledge"; in a parallel universe, Asimov's Encyclopedists are doing the same thing.

In August 2014, I participated in Wikimedia D.C.'s Wikipedia Workshop Facilitator Training; awesome experience. While there, I started WikiProject Women writers.


"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world."

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

"Try not. Do or do not. There is no try."

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I think about:

  • Gender imbalance: Gender imbalance occurs at two levels at Wikipedia, participation and content. There are fewer female editors than male, and there's less coverage on Wikipedia about women and women's issues than men and men's issues. A lot has been written about this, [1] but little has changed. For my part, I'm actively creating bios on notable women.
  • Systemic bias: I'm concerned about long-term imbalanced subject coverage on Wikipedia. To that end, I believe we should translate every reliably sourced notable article from every language Wikipedia into every other language's Wikipedia. This requires sensitivity to translation work as "lost in translation" can be its own problem. Having a degree of proficiency in French, Spanish, and maybe one or two other languages, I do some of this translation work myself. I worry that something/someone will be lost (forgotten) to mankind if we don't create an article on its behalf. That probably makes me an Inclusionist. The bibliophile in me mines for hidden "gems" (people, places, things) in old books and creates articles to bring these topics to light.
  • Editor retention: A number of good editors have left Wikipedia, or curtailed their editing, because their conduct, motives or character were attacked, or their editing was besmearched. And the departures will continue if our interactions lack kindness and civility. You'll find that I assume good faith in everyone, and I hope you do, too, as, after all, we are volunteers.

Topics that interest me (as an editor)... This list is far from exhaustive:

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Biographies (Women's biography redlinks)
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Fiction
  • Geography
  • GLAM (in another life, when there are more than 24 hours in a day, I'll be a librarian and a museumist)
  • Languages
  • Native peoples

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Did You Know... that I was in San Francisco on June 4, 2007 when I made my first edit on wikipedia? I wonder where others were when they made their first edit and what inspired them.

On September 19, 2007, I created an article on Kallawaya people. Another editor noticed it, nominated it at DYK, and a few days later, it appeared in the DYK section of the mainpage; it was my first DYK "credit". On September 18, 2013, my 1,000th contribution to DYK, Goaribari Island, made me the third person --and first woman-- to reach this milestone. Here's what I had to say about that article on its DYK nomination page:

Some of you know that I am a cultural anthropologist at heart. I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Margaret Mead and study cultural anthropology at Barnard (my mom's alma mater), like Margaret did. I wanted to travel to Papua New Guinea and do research on its people, like Margaret did. But my dad said 'no' to majoring in anthropology -- he wanted something more practical for my university studies. So now, years later, I get to live the life of an armchair cultural anthropologist, writing articles about Goaribari Island and its cannibals. To all the girls out there with impractical dreams, this article is dedicated to you.


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