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Me at the Wikimania conference in 2016
|Born||August 7, 1966|
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
|Current location||London, United Kingdom|
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Hello! My name is Jimmy Wales, and this is my user page. I go by "Jimmy" in real life, but often by "Jimbo" online. People sometimes assume that "Jimmy" is only a nickname for "James", but it's actually my full first name.
I was born on August 7, 1966, in Huntsville, Alabama. I founded Wikipedia on January 15, 2001. Since 2006, I have been the Chair Emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation, set up by Larry Sanger and me on June 20, 2003. In 2004, Angela Beesley and I established Wikia (now Fandom), a completely separate organization unrelated to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation. Another independent project I am working on is WikiTribune, a collaborative news website. I am proud of having founded Wikipedia, and I am grateful for what it has offered to millions of people worldwide.
I like to keep it a certain way (simple and free from complicated markup, styles, or excessive templates), but the thing is, I trust you. Yes, really, I do! I trust that you will add something here that would make me really smile, inform many other individuals or me. But please, do not vandalize, because it won't make the world any better, and you know that too, so please don't. Thank you for helping to keep Wikipedia clean.
Over 3,700 Wikipedians monitor my user and user talk page via a watchlist, and I trust them to edit and remove errors or attacks. This is a wiki, so anyone is welcome to edit! Wikipedia can always use more help; it is, after all, a permanent work in progress. While vandalism is not appreciated and is sure to be promptly fixed, there is plenty of time to become a better Wikipedia editor who only contributes for the good of the platform!
Comments or questions about how this page currently looks should be kept on my talk page, rather than on this page. Also, if you don't feel bold enough to edit this page directly, or don't know whether the edit is helpful and legal, you can propose changes there instead.