James Forrester
James Forrester
Staff Software Engineer, Product, Wikimedia Foundation
The art of software consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible squawking — me, after Jean-Baptiste Colbert

About me

I've been a Wikipedia editor since 2002 on the English Wikipedia and a few other Wikimedia projects (see my personal account). In May 2012, I joined the Wikimedia Foundation as a "product manager", initially for VisualEditor, then the Editing Team, and later the lead product manager for all contribution. In 2018, I moved to be a software engineer, working on reliability, infrastructure, developer tooling, and continuous integration and deployment.

My work

My job is to help ensure that the tools we provide to our readers and contributors are the best they can be, in speed, correctness, consistency, utility, and reliability.

Disclaimer: I work for or provide services to the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I try 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: jforrester(_AT_)wikimedia.org
  • IRC: "James_F" on freenode