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My private editing activities concentrate on Southern African, primarily Namibian topics. Occasionally I stumble across inaccuracies in other subject areas which I then attempt to repair.

I teach computer networking at Namibia University of Science and Technology in Windhoek. In this role I have a few Wikipedia assignments because there currently is no second active Wikipedian at my institution. Among these "official" tasks are:

  • When someone in Namibia requests a public lecture, training, or some general information on Wikipedia it will usually be me to deliver it.
  • I am the inofficial campus ambassador of Namibia University of Science and Technology. That means that I got the T-shirt, I train the trainers, and I coordinate Wikipedia assignments and outreach activities as documented on the ICT project page. There was a mandatory Wikipedia assignment from 2010 to 2012. We had to stop it due to excessive copyright violations; the assignment is now voluntary.
  • I give technical assistance to our translators into OshiNdonga, Otjiherero, and Khoekhoe.
  • Whenever our research projects lead us to remote rural schools in Namibia I bring an offline Wikipedia with me.
  • Past and upcoming events: Schedule

You can help us with this! Some of these projects are fairly large, and our institution could use volunteers to assist.


Sister projects[edit]

I infrequently contribute to Commons, Wikivoyage, German Wikipedia, and the Incubator, and I have some presence on Meta in form of a research project and the preparation of several blog posts.

Alternative accounts[edit]

I have created a new account for teaching how to create new accounts, and I might do so again if the look-and-feel of new accounts differs too much from that of established ones. I do not intend to edit much from these:

  • Pg new1 (talk) 18:46, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Pg new2 (talk) 14:02, 28 May 2014 (UTC) for a small video project on getting started with Wikipedia
  • Pg new3 (talk) 05:08, 17 October 2016 (UTC) in preparation of an editathon at our university
  • Pg new4 (talk) 18:46, 14 August 2020 (UTC) for a video editathon during COVID-19 lockdown

Countries I've been to[edit]

Argentina Austria Belgium Botswana Brazil Canada Chile Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Egypt Ethiopia France Ghana Hong Kong Hungary Italy Kenya Lesotho Luxembourg Malawi Mexico Mozambique Netherlands Poland Slovakia Slovenia United Kingdom United States South Africa Spain Switzerland Vatican City Zambia Zimbabwe

I have lived, for about a third of my life each, in East Germany Germany Namibia

Some things I wish I had said[edit]

All ripped out of their context, and some emphases or links added. In chronological order.

  • "The theory that I find most credible as an explanation of the decline of the community since 2007 is the end of the 'SoFixIt' culture and its replacement by the templating culture which [...] has lead to hundreds of thousands of articles disfigured by garish templates calling attention to problems that somebody hopes someone else will understand and fix." --- WereSpielChequers, Nov 2011.
  • "The First Law of Holes remains good advice even if you think it is unfair that you are in the hole or you are unsure why you are there [...] if an arbitration case is opened with your username as the casename, you may be in some sort of a hole." --- Newyorkbrad, Aug 2016