Remember who was head of Communications at the Wikimedia Foundation, while it was still in St. Pete, and before Jay Walsh took over that post?
Sandra ordonez sandratordonez at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 16:29:01 UTC 2011
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I'm Sandy Ordonez. I am so excited this group was started!! I don't like
writing long emails, but I'm thought i
can introduce myself and share my
experience with Wiki on my first email
into Wikipedia in an untraditional way - I worked for them for a
short time. I had moved to Florida, and they were the only New York-like
and nonprofit in the area that I had fallen in love with b/c of how
much easier my online life was because of them, so I was like a bee to
When I started the job, i
expected it to be very similar to any other web
production or communication job I had. Imagine my surprise. lol. I ilterally
had to learn the wiki ethos and culture BY FIRE in a very short time.Needles
to say, there were things I found very challenging.
Ironically, I remember this one night in the very beginning that I had
reached my breaking point, and this female Wikipedian reached out to me. I
hadn't share what i
was feeling with anyone, but she knew exactly what I was
going through. Her message was: You might be going through a, b, c, d but
hang in there,..I know certain aspects suck, but the bigger picture is
beautiful." For some strange reason, being able to realize that it wasn't
just me, made handling the aspects I found challenging easier.
I have no idea if my experiences were gender based or not. However, I do
have to say that finding other women in the project that I vibed with
things a lot more comfortable. I do feel as though the challenges in gender
gap are more reflective of technology in general, but b/c Wikipedia is a big
part of knowledge creation and sharing worldwide, it is kinda
a big deal to
improve this area.. I also do think that its
the only culture worldwide to
be able to honestly look at a problem like this, and come up with somefreakin cool
solutions...so for me, its
also a learning experience to see
how I can improve representations in the many worlds I encounter.
I'm looking forward towards
whatever I can to help out. By no means am I
hardcore Wikipedian. I am the first to admit that I don't edit very often -its
not my strength or something i
would just do for fun. However, I do feel
that I am very passionate about what the projects represent, and hope my
particular skill set might help in whatever way it can!!
Enough rambling. lol Warm vibes!!