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I am Rob Lanphier (a.k.a. "RobLa"). See for more general-purpose information about me. Now for the Electowiki-specific stuff:

Starting Electowiki[edit | edit source]

main: Electowiki:About

I founded in 2003, and started with User:DanKeshet in 2005 (I paid the hosting bills; DanKeshet actually set it up, calling it "Electowiki"). Then DanKeshet left it in my hands late in 2005, and I did a lot of MediaWiki contracting work, culminating in a day job as Director of Open Source for Linden Lab. Part of my day job at Linden Lab was maintaining a MediaWiki-based wiki at, so maintaining didn't seem too hard. Plus I had lots of volunteer help. Then I left my day job at Linden Lab in 2009, and did a lot of MediaWiki plugin development (and spent way too much time trying to fix Mediawiki bug 4421, which was migrated from Bugzilla to Phabricator by my team at Wikimedia Foundation, but is still open as Phab task T6421). Then I tried to keep up and running while I worked at Wikimedia Foundation trying to keep Wikipedia up and running. Between 2006 and 2018, spambots made it almost impossible to have an open wiki, so I kept restricting access to Electowiki, and wasn't able to figure out how to make my clever web-of-trust plugins for MediaWiki work.

User:Psephomancy bugged me for a year, starting in 2017, which ultimately culminated in them snarfing the content off of and hosting it at I saw the ported site, and said to myself "ooo...nice work!". I put the porting work of Electowiki on hold during my 2019 dayjob, but I'm planning on doing a lot more now (in November 2019)

More information about me can be found on my homepage ( or over on m:User:RobLa (the main user page for me on .

My work[edit | edit source]

This section contains some significant Electowiki-related work by me

2020[edit | edit source]

See User:RobLa/TODO if you're interested in this.

2019[edit | edit source]

Mainly focused on my day job...

2018[edit | edit source]

MAF and MATT[edit | edit source]

A couple of new voting systems I worked on in late 2018 as possible alternatives to California's jungle primary:

...and a draft thing: