It’s a good question. For most of us, they’re just a username. But now, the Wikimedia Foundation is working to put a face and personality on those Wikipedians with a video series called Wikipedia:Username.
See? There really are real people behind all those edits. That’s the whole idea behind the campaign.
These videos were produced with two key outcomes in mind: to inform the general public about the people and inspiration behind our movement, and also to energize and inspire new Wikipedia editors to engage bravely in contributing to Wikipedia. The latter focus is particularly important for the Foundation’s current Public Policy initiative outreach, but we’re hopeful they will inspire other new editors around the world.
The videos have got a little bit of the Apple switch video feel to them. And they’ve got some impressive production quality. But that’s not why I’m writing about them. I’m writing about them—obviously—because some Portland folks—who had to fly to Poland to capture the footage—played a very crucial role in bringing this series of videos to fruition.
Which Portland people were involved? Well, Reed Harkness, Jelly Helm, Sarah Marcus, and Noah Stanik, to name a few. Or maybe all of them. Those were the only names I could find. And they’re all Portland people.
So keep your eyes peeled. Or don’t peel your eyes and take the easy route. By following @Wikipedia or @Wikimedia. They’ll keep you up-to-date on all the latest videos. And soon, you’ll have a better idea of that Wikipedia:Username behind those edits.
(Hat tip to the still briefly a resident of Portland who made it into the video)