|This user believes that articles are nearly useless without images (and thinks it ironic that this userbox doesn't have an image)|
|According to Political Compass this user is:|
Economic Neutral (−0.13) and
Social Libertarian (−1.23)
Hi, I'm Derek Ramsey, an avid Wikipedia supporter (since September, 2002) and former administrator (). Here I am most well known for having authored thousands of articles on U.S. cities and counties using the rambot and other automatic article generation techniques. I've also contributed to numerous other areas including:
I am happily married and living with my wife Julie and kids (see our 2015 newspaper article) in the U.S. near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have a B.S. degree in computer science and M.S. in Software Development and Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology. I am a software engineering manager at Sensaphone. I'm a photographer, aquarist, woodworker/carpenter, chef, and gardener. I play chess as a hobby with an official USCF rating of 1679. In the past I've preached in the Church of the Brethren denomination.
Having a strong background in mathematics, I am naturally drawn to programming and statistics, which is part of the reason for the creation of the various geographic articles from gigabytes of raw public domain data. I also enjoy writing about topics that have local implications for my birthplace in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, such as the section on covered bridges. I also have an interest in health related topics partially due to my wife, an Occupational Therapist. One of my hobbies is as an aquarist, and so I have written many articles of a variety of freshwater fish species.
Between my three user accounts (including the bot), I'm approaching 200,000 edits on Wikipedia and have at times early in Wikipedia's history had the highest number of raw edit counts. As a result of the sheer number of edits combined with the controversy sometimes caused by those changes and the attention that it has brought me, I have been mentioned by name in a number of articles, web sites, academic research reports, and a book:
Images and Image Licensing
As a photographer I've taken thousands of pictures. I'm in the process of uploading more to Wikipedia with the goal of making Wikipedia articles contain high quality, professional-looking pictures. There are too many images to list on this page, but you can see the complete list of Photographs by Derek Ramsey. Please see that page for photo licensing information or the Licensing Guide.
Some of my favorites:
For information pertaining to the rambot see FAQ or other information.
Notice the so-called "rambot bump" in late 2002.