Aaron has been a major contributor to our understanding of why we have a
problem retaining new editors, during the 2011 Summer of Research and
beyond. Many of our key
from his research. Check out
Engineering Community Manager
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From: Toby Negrin <tnegrin(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 2:03 PM
To: WMF staff
It's been a long time coming, but I'd like to welcome Aaron Halfaker to the
Foundation! He is starting today as a Research Analyst on the Analytics
team, working out of Minneapolis.
Aaron is a newly minted PhD out of the (well-known for Wikipedia studies)
GroupLens Research lab. His thesis work is basically all about Wikipedia.
In his research, he uses a mixture of behavioral modeling, participatory
design, psychology and social science to understand, affect, and extend
complex socio-technical systems like Wikipedia.
He's actually been working as a contractor for the Wikimedia Foundation
since 2011. Most notably, he's worked with Dario to design experiments for
Article Feedback, Notifications (aka Echo) and VisualEditor.
It's a pretty good fit and we're really happy that Aaron is joining us full
time! Please extend him a warm welcome!