Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Newsroom/Interviews desk
This is The Signpost's interviews desk, for formulating interview questions for various and sundry interview series.
Staff and Board
First proposed series of interviews: interviews with the wikimedia staff, especially the community-facing positions.
Not in any special order
- Erik Möller — WMF deputy director
- Sue Gardner (previous interview) — WMF executive director
- Naoko Komura — WMF Head of User Experience Programs
- Cary Bass (already interviewed?) — WMF Volunteer Coordinator
- Frank Schulenburg — WMF Head of Public Outreach
- Jay Walsh — WMF Head of Communications
- Sara Crouse — WMF Head of Partnerships and Foundation Relations
- Kul W. — WMF Head of Business Development
- Arne Klempert (board member)
- Danese Cooper — WMF Chief Techical Officer (agreed to do an interview in June 2010, questions are here)
- others ?
- Add questions here. And please edit suggested questions below!
- How long have you been working for the WMF? (This question might not be necessary, since it's often a matter of public record)
- What projects have interested you the most, and why? (Some preparatory research may answer this question for you)
- What is your background?
- When did you get started on the projects? Username? :) (Again, research may take care of this question)
- There are so many volunteer projects out there clamoring for our attention; what inspired you to get involved in Wikipmediawiki?
Work at Wikimedia
- What's your area?
- So what do you do all day, anyway?
- Any exciting projects you've been working on lately?
- What part of this job/role do you personally find most satisfying? Most challenging?
- What are the major frustrations of this job/role? (Not sure if we'll get honest/complete answers to this one from employees; maybe it's more suited to non-paid users, or to an interview that won't be publicized)
- If you could do things all over again with the knowledge you have now, what would you change?
- Do you have any advice for someone interested in this field/job/role?
- Are there any written materials you suggest prospective __________s read? (Aside from the pertinent policies/guidelines, if the interviewee is a community member such as an admin)
- What abilities or personal qualities do you believe contribute most to success in this field/job/role?
- Do you have any special word of warning or encouragement as a result of your experience?
- What are your long-term goals / what is your long-term vision for __________ (e.g., the MediaWiki codebase, the WikiProject, the business development department, or whatever else the person is involved with)
- What's your favorite part of the projects?
- What are some of your favorite books? (Userboxes may also reveal some relevant info)
Volunteer community members
- Interviews with WikiProject members for the weekly WikiProject Report are coordinated at the WikiProject desk
- User:Happy-melon — Volunteer developer (specialties: core, code review)
- User:Mr.Z-man — Volunteer developer (specialties: bots, code review), oversighter
- User:Siebrand — Volunteer developer (specialties: bots, MW 1.16wmf)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2006-02-06/ArbCom update
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2006-02-20/Jimbo interview
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2006-03-20/Office actions (interview with Brad Patrick)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2006-10-09/Eloquence interview
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2007-01-15/Arbitration series
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2007-09-10/Jimbo interview
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2007-11-19/Anthere interview
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2007-12-03/Gardner interview
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2008-01-28/John Broughton interview
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2008-02-25/Michael Snow interview
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2008-03-03/Domas Mituzas interview
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2008-04-14/2000th FA
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2009-10-26/Interview (with writer John Blossom)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2009-12-07/Interview (with writer David G. Post)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2010-11-29/Interview (with Johanna Niesyto and Nathaniel Tkacz from "Critical Point of View")
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- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2011-07-25/Wikimedian in Residence interview (Daniel Mietchen)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2011-10-24/Interview (Oliver Keyes)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2012-01-02/Interview (Sue Gardner)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2012-03-12/Women and Wikipedia
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2012-03-12/Interview (Rob Schnautz)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2012-04-02/Interview (movement roles)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2012-04-09/Interview (movement roles)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2012-04-09/Wikidata (with Wikidata)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2012-04-16/Paid editing (with Silver seren on the topic of paid editing)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2012-04-30/Paid editing (with Pete Forsyth on the topic of paid editing)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2012-05-07/Paid editing (with Phil Gomes on the topic of paid editing)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2012-10-01/Paid editing (with Jimmy Wales on the topic of paid editing)
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2012-12-31/Interview (with Brion Vibber)