Aaron Halfaker

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Aaron Halfaker
Research Scientist, Wikimedia Foundation
There are a lot of things that we intuitively know to be true through personal experience. However, personal experience differs between individuals. In other words, we don't know for sure if we know something or if it just result of our personal experiences. The scientific method is a strategy that helps us know that we know something, and sometimes, to know that we were actually thinking wrongly the whole time. I don't want to simply "know something" -- I want to know that I know something. So, I've chosen to dedicate my work to doing science and talking about it.
Aaron Halfaker

About me

Hi. I'm Aaron Halfaker. I've been a Wikipedian since 2008. I'm half computer scientist, half social scientist. See my publications. In 2011, I started working with the Wikimedia Foundation as a researcher. See my volunteer account, en:User:EpochFail, for my non-staff work.

My work

I use the scientific method to explore the underlying patterns of wiki-work, to discover problems and to design new tools for readers, editors and community organizers. See The Rise and Decline for an example of my research and Snuggle for an example of a tool for Wikipedians that I'm actively developing.
Disclaimer: I work for the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I intend to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

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