Oliver Keyes
Oliver Keyes, Community Liaison, Product Development
Oliver Keyes
Community Liaison, Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation
"No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde" - John Donne

About me

I've been an editor on enwiki since 2006, and an admin there since early 2011. In my time on the projects I've handled deletions, patrolling, created a load of articles, and participated in pretty much every major area. In October 2011, the WMF asked me to take up the then-new role of Community Liaison, Product Development, which I've been nervously trying not to screw up ever since!

Outside of Wikipedia; I completed my law degree in 2011, with middling grades at best since I spent a big chunk of the course campaigning for the Liberal Democrats, helping manage both the 2010 general election and the 2011 local ones in my constituency. I've also done some work with the Open Rights Group and the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). Well, I've never worked for them per se, but I am solely responsible for their members' profit margins. That ought to count for something.

My work

My job is to ensure that, when designing features, the Foundation takes the needs and perspectives of editors into account. Along with bringing an editorial perspective to the Foundation, I also work on the engagement our Engineering Department does with contributors. If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas in relation to Engineering's projects, I'm always happy to help. At the moment I'm working on:

  • The Article Feedback Tool, Version 5 – a new way for readers to provide feedback and help indirectly contribute to our content.
  • New Page Triage – a tool to make the process of New Page Patrol better for both patrollers and new editors

These two projects take up pretty much all of my time at the moment, but hopefully I'll be able to expand my "portfolio" soon enough :).

Disclaimer: I work for the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I intend to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

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