|Residence||San Jose, California, United States|
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
|Joined||May 6, 2003 |
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Hi, I’m Minh Nguyễn, a software developer in the San Francisco Bay Area and Stanford Computer Science alumnus originally from Loveland, Ohio, United States, North America, Earth, Solar System, Local Fluff, Local Bubble, Gould Belt, Orion–Cygnus Arm, Milky Way galaxy, Milky Way Subgroup, Local Group, Virgo Supercluster, Pisces–Cetus Supercluster Complex, Universe. You get the idea.
I volunteer as a bureaucrat at the Vietnamese Wikipedia and Vietnamese Wiktionary, as well as an administrator at the Vietnamese Wikibooks, Vietnamese Wikisource, and Wikimedia Meta-Wiki – and formerly the Multilingual Wikisource and Wikipedia 10 planning wiki. I’m also one of the people who keep the main Wikipedia portal up-to-date. (If you know HTML, you can too!)
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Although I copyedit articles of all topics as I come across them, I typically write prose on the following topics:
- Cincinnati, Ohio, particularly the East Side and northern suburbs, such as Loveland. I write and maintain articles on Cincinnati-area schools – particularly St. Xavier High School, my alma mater – because they’re always in need of attention and protection from vandals. Also, Cincinnati-area television stations were once a strong interest of mine.
- Open source software and free content websites.
- Vietnamese language and culture.
If you’re writing articles about any of these topics and have questions, feel free to send them my way and I’ll do my best to help.
Most of my contributions occur at the Vietnamese Wikipedia and Wiktionary, where I serve as a bureaucrat, kind of like a forum’s “super-administrator”, but less dictatorial. I made many of the first contributions to the Vietnamese Wikipedia in late 2003 and started the Vietnamese Wiktionary not long after. In high school, my marathon editing sessions would offer an effective form of procrastination, as well as an outlet to learn Vietnamese. These days, I’m no longer quite as active on these wikis but continue to play a supporting role.
Being an administrator at a Wikimedia wiki is tons of work, but it allows you to actively collaborate with countless people and visibly shape an important project. Participating in smaller projects, like the Vietnamese-language wikis, is like working for a startup: you work day and night, handling numerous poorly-defined roles, and recognize just about everyone you encounter. You make real, lasting decisions that aren’t so much influenced by written policies or guidelines as by common sense and intuition. On the other hand, if you tell your meatspace friends you’re working on the Vietnamese Wiktionary, you get a blank stare.
So working for the English Wikipedia is like working for a huge conglomerate whose logos appear on the sides of buses: even if you get a lot done, your contributions aren’t going to stand out too much. Nevertheless, you’re part of something big. I turned down an offer to run for administrator here in 2007. Most of my contributions here come in the form of typo corrections and interwiki links (see Wikipedia:WikiGnome). But I’ve also contributed some original content here, too.
Bolded items are articles that I wrote out long passages of text for:
- Ohio Pride license plate.png – "Ohio Pride" license plate, 2013
After much thought and consideration on the topic – about three seconds’ worth – I’ve decided to be generous with my pittance of contributions here, especially to free the Rambot articles:
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With respect to the permission granted below, I specifically add Anthony DiPierro in addition to the Wikimedia Foundation for any contributions automatically generated and added by the rambot from the public domain census bureau statistics. The above exclusions still apply.
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(I typically license my original work under the Attribution license anyhow.)
Notes and references
- Minh’s Notes, my personal weblog
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