Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


29 Oct 2012, 14:53 p.m.

Leonard And I Will Match Ten Thousand Dollars Of Your Ada Initiative Donations

Leonard and I met because of the open source movement. We owe our livelihoods to open source, and its values -- inclusiveness, compassion, empowerment, equal and fair treatment for all -- help make us who …

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13 Oct 2012, 10:30 a.m.

Management Secrets of Ancient Rome

Leonard is listening to the History of Rome podcast and tells me the best bits. Lessons include: An emperor is a single point of failure. Be proactive about answering your mail (paging Caracalla). If the …

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28 Sep 2012, 10:01 a.m.

Sometimes An Unconference Is The Wrong Choice

Now that I'm something of an expert on it, I have Opinions on how to structure a workshop or collaboration event for newbies. Summary of my answer: define your goals very clearly and specifically skip …

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09 Jul 2012, 22:46 p.m.

Open Content, Source, And System

Video interview with me about Wikimedia's openness on multiple levels.

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27 Jun 2012, 3:57 a.m.

Be Bold: An Origin Story

I'm getting very positive reviews for my opening keynote from Open Source Bridge. Video (starts around 6:00), speaker's notes (text that needs updating to match the audio).

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19 Jun 2012, 6:17 a.m.

Conference Seasoning

You know you're traveling too much when you completely stop updating the "where I'm going to be" feeds (example). Regardless: I'll be in San Francisco starting late today, and then in Portland on Monday the …

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19 Jun 2012, 5:54 a.m.


Wikimedia Foundation is hiring a leader for volunteer software testing. I have ideas on what this person should do and how to do it* -- indeed, this position reports to me -- but more than …

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23 May 2012, 23:45 p.m.

A Local Maximum

By the way, I got promoted. It's quite an honor. Wikimedia Foundation's new Engineering Community Team, which I lead, is a renaming of the TL;DR group. We've written a draft summary of our goals for …

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30 Mar 2012, 10:14 a.m.


Tomorrow's Picture of the Day on Wikimedia Commons is really nice. An interesting thing I learned while pasting this: if you are linking to Wikimedia web pages, you can leave out the protocol.

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26 Mar 2012, 17:53 p.m.

Announcements and Reading

I'll be keynoting the Open Source Bridge conference this year (late June, Portland, Oregon, USA). It's an honor to be asked to give a keynote address to this exciting and inspiring conference. "<body> <img> -- …

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