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Photograph of me_and, with bright red and blue hair, wearing a black and dark red velvet coat and holding a top hat
me_and in February 2015 at Blackfriars Priory. Photo by Tom Garnett.
Personal data
Born 1987 (age 27–28)
Residence Enfield, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Education Master's in mathematics and computer science from Worcester College, University of Oxford
Occupation Software engineer
Employer Metaswitch Networks
Wikipedia information
First edited 31 May 2005; 10 years ago (2005-05-31)
Permissions Pending change reviewer
Fauna classification WikiOgre, WikiGnome and WikiFairy
Editing tools [[File:dyn-HotCat.png]][[File:dyn-Twinkle.png]][[File:dyn-scripts by Ohconfucius.png]]
Source access [[File:dyn-JSTOR.png]][[File:dyn-BNF.png]]

me_and (sometimes rendered Me and for technical reasons) has been a Wikipedia editor since 2005. He is a WikiOgre, meaning he will switch between high and low levels of editing activity with little warning or apparent cause, depending on life outside of Wikipedia. Nonetheless he will always (eventually) see messages on his talk page.


me_and grew up in Merseyside, before leaving to attend university at Worcester College, Oxford, where he initially studied for a master's degree in mathematics, before converting in his final year to mathematics and computer science. He began editing Wikipedia in his first year at university.

On graduation, me_and moved to Enfield to work for Metaswitch, where he continues to work as of February 2015.

In his spare time, me_and enjoys live action roleplaying, board games, and working on personal programming projects.


me_and performs a variety of work on Wikipedia. He can frequently be found tidying up article formatting and style, particularly relating to citations, and will also work on content in areas where he has subject expertise, such as in the areas of software development or IP telephony.

Since 2013, me_and has been enjoying writing biographies of notable LGBT people, based off lists such as The Independent on Sunday's "Rainbow List" and The Guardian/Square Peg Media's "World Pride Power List". These articles include Paris Lees, the existence of which Lees has stated helped her get in touch with her long-lost grandfather.[1]

Conflicts of interest[edit]

me_and tends to focus editing on areas of particular interest to him, but it is worth noting that he has particular conflicts of interest in certain areas. To help maintain a neutral point of view, he tries to always include reliable sources for changes that have any chance of being controversial, regardless of whether there is any possible conflict of interest.

In the name of transparency, me_and has noted the following significant conflicts of interest:

  • He is an employee of Metaswitch as a software developer. Editing Wikipedia is not a part of his job, and (except when he is editing when he ought to be doing something else) he receives no reward from Metaswitch for doing so.

In the event that another Wikipedia editor thinks me_and is breaching Wikipedia's conflict of interest guidelines, me_and is happy for that editor to revert the edits as a first step without discussing it first. Nonetheless, he would appreciate a message on his talk page if such a revert is necessary.

Current and future projects[edit]

me_and maintains a list of things he is either currently working on or is planning on working on in the near future. As of 6 May 2015, that list is as follows:

Notable contributions[edit]

Articles started[edit]

The below articles are ones that were initially created by me_and.



Significant article contributions[edit]

The below articles are those where me_and made a significant contribution to the content of an article, either through his initial article write-up, or through a significant rewrite of the article.

Significant other contributions[edit]

me_and significantly rewrote {{Birth based on age as of date}} to continue to function and provide useful results even if the "as of" date was only known to the accuracy of a month or a year.


To help editing Wikipedia, me_and has created a small number of useful tools:

  • User:me_and/Common citations has lists of citations that me_and may want again for projects he is working on, including both displayed versions and code versions ready to copy-paste. Thanks to transclusion trickery, there are different subpages to provide different date formats for compliance with the Manual of Style.


External links[edit]