In June, I reached the five year mark at Wikimedia Foundation.1 Wow, that feels like a long time! 🌻 ⏳
One big thing that’s changing: as of this month, I’m moving off the Growth team–my home since I joined the WMF 😢–and into the Trust & Safety side of the organization, working with the Anti-Harassment Tools and Trust & Safety Tools teams.
Leaving the place I dedicated the last five years of my working hours to was emotionally difficult, but like the saying goes, τὰ ὄντα ἰέναι τε πάντα καὶ μένειν οὐδέν2… and anyway, in any decently-sized engineering organization, it seems healthy for people to move around to different teams, to avoid silos and ossification, and to share ideas and practices.
I’m excited about the potential to do engineering work to improve the day-to-day safety and well-being of new and experienced Wikipedians, while also opening the door to people currently unfairly blocked from contributing. And engineering in the Trust & Safety space is brand new to me, and I find it interesting to explore and grow into. (Send me your reading suggestions!)
I’m proud of the work I did in the Growth team, the amount of personal growth I went through while working in that team, and I will miss working closely with those folks and in that space. But now, off to new things, and looking forward to what’s next!