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Maria Sibylla Merian: Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, 1705
About me
I dwell in Possibility —
Emily Dickinson

From 2005 to 2014, I was mostly active on German Wikipedia. Due to the superprotect affair I have become a critical observer of the Wikimedia projects, watching developments from a distance. I support the Letter to Wikimedia Foundation: Superprotect and Media Viewer, as do over 970 other authors, as of September 2015. This also lead to my retirement from the German branch of the Wikipedia Library I had begun to launch.
From 2010 to 2013, I took part in Wikimedia Deutschland's outreach programme, bringing a critical point of view on Wikipedia to both the classroom and universities. Ever since, I am a co-founder of the wiki:team network of public speakers, continuing our previous work for Wikipedia in education.
From June 2012 until May 2013, I was a member of German Wikipedia's arbitration committee. From October 2012 until July 2013, I was a sysop and bureaucrat on German Wikiversity. From February 2013 until December 2015 I was a member of the German OTRS volunteers.
I used to be a regular contributor to our community's blog Wikipedia:Kurier. I take an interest in the relationship between Wikimedia organisations and communities.
In 2019, I resumed editing more regularly in my main areas of interest, viz. law and society, literature, and LIS. I also contribute to our resource exchange on German Wikipedia as best I can.
I support the Community open letter on renaming the Wikimedia Foundation, as do over 970 other authors and over 70 Wikimedia affiliated and not affiliated organisations, as of October 2020.
  • Please leave a message on my talk page on German Wikipedia, where I will also reply. This is my main account on Wikimedia projects. Talk to me in German, in English, in French, or in Esperanto. Thanks.
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  • Discussions started on a talk page of another user, of an article, or a portal should please be continued there so as to keep all the conversation in one place. I'm watching, though it may take a while for me to reply since I am not active every day on Wikipedia and I have switched off e-mail notifications.
  • Sometimes I am on IRC as aschmidt_ in #wikipedia-de on the Freenode network.