User:The ed17

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Marquette, MI - Front Street 1909.jpg

Hello there! I'm Ed Erhart, a graduate student at East Carolina University and an editor on Wikipedia since March 2006. I have been a site-wide administrator since September 2009 and a coordinator of the Military History Project since September 2017, with a previous stint from November 2008 to September 2014. I have also served as the editor-in-chief of the Signpost, a Wikimedia-focused community newspaper (May 2012January 2015).

Aside from these positions, much of my time on Wikipedia has been spent writing. I have focused on early-twentieth-century warships from Europe, Japan, and both Americas, with a particular interest in the South American dreadnought race that gripped Argentina, Brazil, and Chile from c. 1907 to 1914. In total, I have helped write twenty-six featured articles, a quality marker awarded to "the best articles Wikipedia has to offer". Most have furthered the goals of Operation Majestic Titan, a long-term collaborative project that will see all battleship and battlecruiser articles rewritten and combined into a single featured topic.

For the Signpost, my personally written favorite articles include the Wiki-PR series, where a public relations company "created, edited, or maintained several thousand Wikipedia articles for paying clients using a sophisticated array of concealed user accounts," and an interview with a Second World War veteran who edits Wikipedia. The story that I will carry with me the longest is the life and death of Ihor Kostenko, a Ukrainian Wikipedian who perished in the country's anti-government protests in February 2014.

I work with the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department; my staff account is located at Ed Erhart (WMF). Edits, statements, or other contributions made from my volunteer account (this one) are mine alone and do not reflect the views of my employer. Any accidental cross-pollination between the two accounts (forgetting to log out, etc) will be swiftly corrected.

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