User:Davodd

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I will be on a law school-imposed semi Wikivacation until August 2010

You've reached the user page of one of the original Wikinews Admins. I abdicated that status more than a year ago due to the belief that the wiki way and organized journalism are incompatible. Please leave requests and comments on my Talk page.

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I'm both a former Wikinews and current Wikipedia admin as an avocation. It is important to remember that administrators are not any more important than any other user. Admins are basically janitors who clean up accidental (and sometimes vandalous) messes as requested by the community.

Bio[edit]

  • Name: David Speakman
    Website: http://www.DavidSpeakman.com or http://www.davodd.com (same page, two names)
  • Current occupation: Paralegal, Legal Researcher and Writer, (and Law student)
    Former occupation: Journalist in writing, editing and managerial roles
    Former employers: Red Herring, ON24 News, E*TRADE News, ABC and NBC network news affiliates WPTA-TV, KRON-TV and KNTV-TV, NPR affiliate WBST-FM, among others.
  • Areas of news expertise: Silicon Valley, Journalism law, Technology, Finance, Communications, Broadcasting, Television, Fandom, LGBT issues
  • Family: 1 domestic partner, 2 cats and a dog.
  • Current city: Mountain View, California
  • Hometown: Churubusco, Indiana

In the real world, I have been a professional journalist for about 19 years... for what it's worth. I have recently become burned out in traditional media as most of the companies I worked for were acquired by marketing firms or conglomerates who saw news product as a necessary (or unnecessary) evil needed to market their advertising.

In 2004, I entered semi-journalistic retirement and started studying law with plans to become a lawyer within the next 5 years.

Wiki involvement[edit]

I have been involved in Wikinews since a few weeks after it officially launched. I have been a Wikipedian since November 2003 and an administrator there for more than 2 years. I also have written for Wikibooks. Currently, I only contribute sporadicly to Wikinews.


English language Wikimedia Projects by Size of Registered User Base:[edit]

The highest-ranking wiki in each category is marked in gold, the second highest in silver and the third highest in bronze.

* As of 10 April 2010 (UTC) – Source: Statistics Page for each project. Compiled at User:Davodd/Wikistats.
Rank Wiki Started Reg. Users Admins New Users
Since Last Measure
User
Growth Rate
Per-Month Average
User Growth
Since Launch
Number of
Legit Articles
New Articles
Since Last Measure
Article
Growth Rate
1. Wikipedia January 2001 12,085,693 1,716 10,503,136 764% 108,880
(111 mo.)
3,250,398 2,010,186 1,149%
2. Meta-Wiki November 2002 2,287,380 73 2,261,025 8,579% 25,701
(89 mo.)
17,399 9,886 132%
3. Wikicommons September 2004 1,101,731 266 1,055,248 2,370% 2,213
(67 mo.)
644,661 627,393 3,633%
4. Wiktionary December 2002 352,029 100 337,117 2,261% 4,000
(88 mo.)
1,678,086 1,528,848 1,024%
5. Wikibooks July 2003 342,889 13 313,823 1,080% 4,233
(81 mo.)
34,778 21,331 159%
6. Wikiquote July 2003 243,945 22 233,164 2,163% 3,012
(81 mo.)
17,949 11,139 164%
7. Wikiversity August 2006 215,335 25 -- -- 4,894
(44 mo.)
12,325 -- --
8. Wikinews December 2004 202,057 61 193,767 2,337% 3,061
(66 mo.)
16,724 11,237 205%
9. Wikispecies September 2004 161,424 23 158,688 5,800% 2,446
(66 mo.)
220,534 163,510 287%
10. Wikisource November 2003 18,181 13 13,177 263% 236
(77 mo.)
10,590 7,852 287%

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