In December 2005, I co-founded Muppet Wiki, a collaborative encyclopedia about Jim Henson and the Muppets. I instantly fell in love with collaborative writing, and the awesome power of the wiki platform.
Muppet Wiki turned into a huge, beautiful, and deeply peculiar site -- more than 25,000 pages, so far -- and building the wiki quickly became my favorite thing to do. Since 2005, I've made more than 125,000 content edits on Muppet Wiki.
I was the kind of user at Wikia who has tons of ideas about how to make the site better, and I talked a lot to the community and product teams there. By 2007, I'd left my job as an educator at a non-profit agency, moved to San Francisco, and started working for Wikia.
As a Product Manager at Wikia, I worked on lots of different projects, most of them aimed at increasing the number of contributors and contributions on the site. My team built a new Activity Feed, a Create a Wiki workflow, a new Photo Gallery tool, a Theme Designer, a Chat feature, and a Related Pages navigation tool. The most ambitious feature that we built was the Message Wall, a top-to-bottom redesign of MediaWiki's user talk system.
Outside of work, I also write a daily blog called "Dark Shadows Every Day", about the 1960s vampire soap opera.
This is my work account, which I use for my job at the Wikimedia Foundation. My volunteer account is User:Toughpigs; I've been editing Wikipedia on and off since 2005.
I've been working for the Wikimedia Foundation since 2014. I'm the Director of Product Management for the Contributors team, which includes several teams: Editing, Global Collaboration, Community Tech and the Anti-Harassment Tools team.
- E-mail: dhornwikimedia.org
- IRC: dannyh