Dan Garry

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Dan Garry
Dan Garry
Senior Product Manager, Editing, Wikimedia Foundation
"Perhaps you were expecting some surprise, for me to reveal a secret that had eluded you, something that would change your perspective of events, shatter you to your core. There is no great revelation, no great secret. There is only you." - Kreia

About me

I started editing the English Wikipedia as Deskana in 2005. I became an administrator in 2006 and have done many things since then, but my most prominent activity has been in my service as a CheckUser.

Before I joined the Wikimedia Foundation, I was doing research using mathematical models of electroencephalogram to give insights into new treatment methods for absence epilepsy. Before that, I studied computer science and mathematics.

In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, travelling, video games (in particular StarCraft II), tasting different beers, and fixing/breaking computers. Also, I spend some of my spare time on that whole Wikipedia thing. You might have heard of it? ;-)

My work

I am the Senior Product Manager for Editing. Our mission is to build and maintain the editing experiences on the Wikimedia wikis. We work on VisualEditor, the 2017 wikitext editor, the WikiEditor, and other tools used by our content contributors.

Previously, I was the Lead Product Manager for Discovery (now part of Readers). Discovery's mission is to make the wealth of knowledge in the Wikimedia projects easily discoverable. I guided product development across Discovery, and served as the product owner for search.

Before that, I was the Associate Product Manager for Mobile Apps (now also part of Readers). The apps are designed to provide the best reading experience for Wikipedia, and have been featured apps on both the iOS App Store and Google Play.

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.

Contact me

  • E-mail: dgarry@wikimedia.org
  • IRC: Deskana
  • As a volunteer: Deskana