Hey there — I'm Kevin
, a 28-year-old Wikimedian currently living in Dallas
, Texas, United States, where I work as a software engineer. I was borned and raised in Ohio, and I graduated from Ohio State with a degree in computer science and engineering in 2017. In 2022, I graduated from Kent State with a master's in Library and Information Science. I'm passionate about the intersection of technology and librarianship, and how technology can help facilitate the dissemination of knowledge.
Back in Ohio, I founded the Ohio Wikimedians User Group, where I still serve as an organizer. I also serve on the Board of the Wikimedia District of Columbia chapter, am a co-organizer for WikiConference North America and Wiki Loves Monuments in the United States, and help organize Wikipedia Asian Month on the English Wikipedia (as well as internationally). Don't hesitate to reach out to me regarding any of those groups and projects.
I have also developed and maintain several wiki-related tools:
- Cite Unseen, a user script that adds categorical icons to Wikipedia citations (editable sites, advocacy groups, government-controlled sources, etc.), to provide readers and editors a quick initial evaluation of citations at a glance.
- View it!, a suite of tools to help Wikipedia users discover all relevant Wikimedia Commons media depicting—or otherwise related to—the article they are reading. This includes a user script that embeds a gallery of images at the top of articles, as well as an API for other users to pull media related to any topic that has a Wikidata Q-ID.
- Indie Wiki Buddy, a browser extension that redirects users from corporate wiki farms to independent, community-controlled alternatives.
I created my account here on Wikipedia in September of 2007, though I didn't start contributing until 2008. I was pretty young when I first started editing, and Wikipedia has been a pretty big part of my internet experience growing up.
If you would like to contact me, I am available on my talk page or through email. I'm happy to answer questions, provide help, or anything else, really. I check both my talk page and email every day, so a response can be expected fairly quickly from either one.
I edit all Wikimedia projects under the username of "SuperHamster", except for the Wikimedia Commons, in which I edit under my real name, Kevin Payravi. You'll also find me on other non-Wikimedia wikis as SuperHamster. I'm currently active within the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance wikis.