Hi Wikimedia-l, Just to say hello and introduce myself to the list. I'm a research professional seven years experience hoping to break into the legal field. I'm not 25 or anything like that though. I've done other stuff in my life, and I am middle-aged. How do I come here to the list? I was a Wikipedia (English) contributor for like six years before being blocked. I hope you do not infer guilt into that statement or that I'm somehow a bad person. I am not here to discuss that and would also ask you not to, of course, because it's off-topic for the list. I just say it because I'm introducing myself.
The reason I subscribe to the list is because after I couldn't edit content anymore, I became more interested and thoughtful as to the meaning of Wikipedia and its effect on the world. Because of the way people web-search for information, where Wikipedia of course is so incredibly often the top result, it has immense power on the way people think about the subjects of all its articles. The more I analyzed this, the more I became critical. Anyhow, my interest in this Wikimedia Foundation list is really because I hold the WMF responsible for Wikipedia. I reject the notion that Wikipedia is just some separate construct owned by the WMF, like a copy machine or something. And for which it is not responsible. So I come here to be informed by all of you and also perhaps to inform all of you. I know most on this list use their real names. I choose to maintain a pseudonym. It's not because I am scared to own my words. I want to own all my words. It's rather because I have realized that there is a value in online anonymity, because of the invasive force the Internet has become in telling any random stranger about our lives. I respect the decision though of those that sign their real name to everything, and endeavor to consider that in any interaction I have with you. Signature: well let me see how my nickname shows up on the list. I selected "Trillium Corsage" as the name at the email service, but I typed "Cloaked Citizen" when I registered for this list. I guess I'll sign after this with whichever of those appears. _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>