It’s with great pleasure that I’m announcing that Mark Holmquist has joined the
Wikimedia Foundation as a Feature Engineer.
Mark is a free software advocate and software engineer. Before joining us, he was
getting his B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Redlands. You may have
remembered him from back when he was a student doing the WMF org chart before he graduated
in June of this year, or as a contractor working on UploadWizard and assorted bug zapping.
He has contributed to many free software projects in the past, including Minetest,
Etherpad, and OpenHatch. Recently he has worked on the EtherEditor extension for
MediaWiki. BTW, Erik will be wanting to suck your 20% time into finishing out the
outstanding bugs. ;-)
On the side, he enjoys playing Bridge and the occasional jaunt for Parkour. He
lives in the Mission in foggy San Francisco. He also really enjoy reading and discussing
court cases, either oral arguments or decisions. He's subscribed to the Cornell
Supreme Court bulletin , so bug him about the cases that are in the news. :-)
His first official day was on September 17th, but I flaked out because of the
all-staff and then decided to procrastinate some more on this announcement since you
already know him from all his participation on IRC and wikitech-l. Until December, he will
be working with Gabriel Wicke on the Parsoid, which is the rewrite of the Wikitext parser
to work with the VisualEditor proejct (I assume James and Trevor have completed the
necessary hazing on the VE Team and he has gotten his t-shirt). But more generally,
he'll be on the Features team with Editor Engagement and assorted front-end technical
debt here at the WMF.
Please join me in welcoming Mark Holmquist to the Wikimedia Foundation. :-)