User:Benjamin Mako Hill

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In my day job, I am an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Washington. I am an active editor on several wikis, a member of the Wikimedia Foundation Advisory Board, and a contributor in several other ways. Please see my user page on meta for more information.

I have created many Wikipedia user accounts — many of which I have now forgotten and some of which I have not — and have edited many pages without any accounts at all. Settling down seems to come with age so I created this account which I have reason to believe will be difficult to forget.

I teach using Wikipedia. You can check out my classes at a class on online communities and a class on designing Internet research where my students are contributing to Wikipedia as part of their assignments.

I have more webpages than I can reasonably count and my current policy is to try not to aggravate this problem, so I'm going to be brief.

If you want to know more about me, you can read the Wikipedia article about me although I will not edit that page myself because I think doing so might make the contents suspect. Also, I have many webpages where I talk a lot about myself, my projects, and other things that I do. If you are interested in this, you can read any of the pages linked below:

Please don't hesitate to get a hold of me by editing my talk page or by emailing me at or any of the methods mentioned in the pages above.

Elsewhere in my userspace...[edit]

Items of interests[edit]

en This user is a native speaker of English.
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The following things have been interesting to me recently:

(* I started or created contributed major bits of these articles.)

Items of disapprobation[edit]

Some things I think the world might be better without or items that, in current or common usage, could and should be improved upon greatly:

Trans-Siberian goals[edit]

I've been thinking for a long time about things I might want to learn while taking the trans-Siberian railroad from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg.

So far, my list includes:

English Wikipedia Todo List[edit]

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