Ed Erhart

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Ed Erhart
Ed Erhart
Editorial associate, Wikimedia Foundation
"There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today." –David Beatty

About me

Welcome to my user page! I'm an American graduate student at East Carolina University, and I've been a part of the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications team since 2015. I have been a Wikimedia editor since 2006 with my volunteer account, The ed17, and became an administrator on the English Wikipedia in 2009—the consensus for which was determined well before and independent of my role at the Foundation, and I will use them only in my personal volunteer capacity.

I have written 26 featured articles on the English Wikipedia, with most focusing on warships from a plethora of countries in the early twentieth century, and was the editor-in-chief of the Signpost, a community news journal about Wikimedia and its projects, from 2012 to 2015.

Edits from with this account are made as part of my employment, while edits from my volunteer account are not. However, accidental cross-pollination has and probably will occur occasionally. Such mistakes will be promptly corrected in a subsequent edit with an appropriate edit summary. To leave a message for anything relating to my volunteer work, please go to w:User talk:The ed17.

My work

I'm usually primarily engaged in writing for and editing the Wikimedia blog. My bylined work on the blog includes many interviews with Wikimedia editors, which feed my desire to humanize the movement to the public and get to the core of what motivates editors. For examples, I've interviewed Peter Isotalo (Swedish warship Vasa), Masem (No Man's Sky [video game]), Diego Delso (the Wikimedia Commons photographer with the most featured pictures), and Albin Olssen (the Commons photographer who has gone to several Eurovisions).

Please send me an email if you have something you'd like to publish on the blog!

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: eerhart@wikimedia.org
  • IRC: "Ed17"
  • Twitter