User:RobLa

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

Starting Electowiki[edit | edit source]

main: Electowiki:About

I founded electorama.com in 2003, and started wiki.electorama.com 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 wiki.secondlife.com, so maintaining wiki.electorama.com 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). Then I tried to keep wiki.electorama.com 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 wiki.electorama.com and hosting it at electowiki.miraheze.org. 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 (robla.net) or over on m:User:RobLa (the main user page for me on miraheze.org) .

My recent(-ish) electoral system work[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: