Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

02 Mar 2011, 3:54 a.m.


Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2011 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Now that my new bosses have told the world: yes, I'm also now consulting for the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that supports Wikipedia and other free knowledge initiatives. To grossly simplify, I'm coordinating software development (mostly MediaWiki improvement) that isn't by WMF staffers, primarily concentrating on the upcoming Berlin hackathon and this year's Google Summer of Code participation.

Thank you, nostalgia: in December, I was looking up my old high school classmate Christine Moellenberndt, and discovered she was a new hire, then looked at the current job openings, and applied.

I told my mom about it and it went something like:

"Mom, I'm working for the nonprofit that does Wikipedia! ... No, not them, they're different. Wikipedia is a big free encyclopedia that's online for anyone to use. Wikileaks is a ... well, they're a bunch of people who like to get and publicize secrets -- anyway, that's not us."

And no, this holiday season my photogenic face will not be on banner ads entreating you to give. As far as I know.


02 Mar 2011, 12:45 p.m.

Well, now I will anyway. Congratulations!

Kevin Mark
03 Mar 2011, 15:29 p.m.

Hi Sumana, saw Asheesh mention that you got a job (on #acetarium) that he applied for :) But he was ok with that. Great to hear you!<br/>

03 Mar 2011, 15:32 p.m.

Awesome. Sounds like you're really taking off, Sumana - the past year has been turbulent, but it's also made your flight muscles stronger. (Apologies for the mangled analogies. :-)

Rock on, my friend.

05 Mar 2011, 14:14 p.m.

Awesome! And that exclamation point isn't an exclamation point, it's a factorial sign, as in "awesome times every positive integer less than awesome".

08 Mar 2011, 14:22 p.m.

Just saw the announcement on Signpost, congrats!! Oh and welcome to the jungle :)

You'll be answering Wikileaks questions forever, essentially. Every new family gathering someone asks me about them. So i guess it's time to start compiling witty responses.

And as to the fundraiser... well... uh... did they not tell you? Uh oh.