Thank You/Leslie Carr

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Leslie Carr

Sometimes, Wikipedia’s servers get buggy, or slow. When they do, I'm the one who dashes to work on a Sunday afternoon or rolls out of bed in the middle of the night to fix the problem.

I work as an operations engineer at the Wikimedia Foundation. It's my job to make sure that when you type www.wikipedia.org, you get there — as quickly as possible.

My love of computers manifested itself at an early age: preschool. My preschool got a shiny new Apple II, and I thought it was the best toy in the entire school.

I loved that computer so much it got me in trouble. I'd push the other kids off the computer so I could play instead. When my mom came to pick me up, I'd tell her, "I didn't get to play on the computer at all." But my teachers always told her the truth.

Now, I still get to play with computers. But luckily, I've also learned to share. And since I work on Wikipedia, now I can share my work with the entire world.

I believe that everyone deserves to have the same advantages. That dream is still a long ways away — but at least I can make sure that someone across the globe can access the exact same information I can access, sitting here in San Francisco.

You're the one who makes my work possible. Your donations help support Wikipedia's lean, efficient staff — including techies like me.

Let's work together to ensure that Wikipedia is always there when we need it.

— Leslie Carr

Leslie Carr is originally from Indiana, and moved to San Francisco in 2007, where her pink hair and love of biking have helped her fit right in. In between, she spent time in Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Atlanta and San Mateo. She's previously worked for Google, Craigslist and Twitter. She now works at the Wikimedia Foundation as an Operations Engineer.

Image Attribution: Leslie Carr by Victor Grigas, under CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported, from Wikimedia Commons.

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