My name’s Brianna, I’m 25, I live in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve studied Chinese, linguistics, mathematics and computer science. On much of the web I go by the username “pfctdayelise”.
I’ve been involved with Wikimedia since April 2005 when I discovered the English Wikipedia. It took a while to get into it, but soon enough I was hooked. About six months later I registered at Wikimedia Commons, which is the freely-licensed media collection wiki managed by the Wikimedia Foundation (like Wikipedia). After about three months I was thoroughly hooked on this particular wiki community, and I became an admin.
I first became familiar with the working processes of many aspects of the community, including deletion, quality controls, media annotation and organisation, helping new users, and technical software features. Since then I’ve started trying to organise some things at a “meta” level, to improve outside awareness of Commons, improve Wikimedia-Commons relations, and help ensure the community can grow in a healthy way. Time will tell as to my success for that one. :)
In August 2007 I went to Wikimania in Taipei and had an absolute ball. I had the feeling of being amongst old friends with people I had just met. I left more convinced than ever that the WMF mission was one worth supporting, and with a new awareness of the other free-content projects going on around the web. Hence, blog. More or less.
- is created using Textpattern, an open source CMS.
- uses a background from Squidfingers
- is on Technorati (along with a boatload of spam)
Textpattern is awesome. If you run a blog or blog-like website you should use it, because it’s open source, stable, elegant (a joy to use), has a wide variety of plugins and free themes available, and has a friendly and helpful user and developer community. Also, your site won’t look like every other friggin’ blog in the world using Wordpress and Blogger. urgh.
|rsx_plugins_table||Ramanan Sivaranjan||1.1||Display a list of plugins currently installed.|
|zem_contact_reborn||TXP Community||18.104.22.168||Form mailer for Textpattern|
|zem_contact_lang||TXP Community||22.214.171.124||Language plug-in for Zem Contact Reborn|
|rss_admin_db_manager||Rob Sable||4.3||Database management system.|
|tru_tags||Nathan Arthur||3.1||Article tagging|
|rss_admin_show_adv_opts||Rob Sable||0.3||Automatically expand article advanced options.|
|txp_icio_us||Marshall Potter||1.4||Use Del.icio.us bookmarks as easily as TXP links|
|hak_article_image||Patrick Woods||0.6.3||Extended Article Image tag|
|rss_suparchive||Rob Sable||0.18||Article listings by date or by category/section. Archive menu by month or year with totals|
|ajw_comments_feed||Andrew Waer||0.6||Extends RSS & Atom to allow for comments feeds.|
|ajw_comment_alt||Andrew Waer||0.3||Alternates output based on even- or odd-numbered comments|
|ajw_comment_num||Andrew Waer||0.2||Allows for outputting current comment number|
|hpw_shared||Hyperwhat (Adrian Duffell)||0.2||Shared library files used by Hyperwhat plugins and available to other developers.|
|hpw_most_popular_articles||Hyperwhat (Adrian Duffell)||0.2||Displays the most popular articles according to your log.|
|pap_contact_cleaner||tranquillo||0.1||Prevent Spam through Zem Contact|
|wet_slimpattern||Robert Wetzlmayr||0.4.1||Integrates SlimStat or Mint logging into Textpattern.|
Apparently the origins of my username, “pfctdayelise”, are not as transparent to everyone as they are to me.
I’m a big PJH fan, but it’s not my favourite song of hers. It’s probably one of her most well-known though; one you might hear on a variety of radio stations. I just picked it because it has connotations of femaleness with the “Elise”, although enough people have seemed to think the “PFC” implied something about the army, so there goes that theory. :)
It’s all because when I signed up at livejournal, some jerk already had “perfectdayelise”. And he’s posted twice ever in his life! Pah.
At the moment the #1 Google result for “pfctdayelise” is my English Wikipedia talk page.
© Brianna Laugher.
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