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I'm [http://ianweller.org/ Ian Weller]. I'm a full-time high school student, participating in Debate and Scholars' Bowl. I found Fedora early in 2007 and have stuck with it since, even after trying other distributions and being a Mac user for about ten years.
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<big>'''Ian Weller'''</big> &mdash; <span class="plainlinks">ianweller@fedoraproject.org</span><br>
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Contributor, Fedora Project<br>
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Intern and Doer of Stuff, [[Community Architecture]], Red Hat
  
I decided to become a contributor just because I wanted to see flam3 available for yum. It seems that I've helped more than I thought I really ever was capable of doing.
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[[#Contact|More contact information]] &mdash; [[/College schedule|College schedule]] &mdash; [http://ianweller.org/ Blog]
  
== Contact ==
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== Background ==
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I began contributing to the Fedora Project as a packager in late 2007 (I was sponsored in early 2008). I soon stopped being able to find packages that I knew how to work with and started diving into other parts of Fedora, notably the Art Team (now the [[Design|Design Team]]). From there I became more and more involved and, as they say, the rest is history. (You may now remove your cliché-blocking sunglasses.)
  
* '''Email''': ian@ianweller.org
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I'm currently a freshman at the [http://www.ku.edu/ University of Kansas], majoring in computer science. I was the [[Scholarship 2010|2010 recipient]] of the [[Scholarship|Fedora Scholarship]].
* '''IRC''': ianweller on freenode
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* '''GPG key''': 00A44BC8
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* '''Fedora Account''': ianweller
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== Activities within Fedora ==
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In high school, I was a prominent supporter of open source ideals, trying to use open source software in all that I did and explaining to those who asked what the benefits of the open source way are. I was a major part of the newspaper at my high school, acting as both the copy editor and webmaster ("the" being the most important word in that sentence &mdash; I didn't contribute as much as I liked to during my tenure on staff there).
  
=== Packaging ===
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== Major stuff I did ==
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; Helped with the transition from MoinMoin to MediaWiki for fedoraproject.org/wiki.
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: Looking back on it, I didn't help as much as I would have liked to. At the time, I knew zero Python, but I was able to help [[User:Mmcgrath|Mike McGrath]] and others understand the paradigms of MediaWiki and its syntax. I then helped the [[Docs Project]] and others with their own use cases for the wiki. Some call me the "wiki czar" (see [http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/fedora-wiki/2009-January/000089.html this mailing list post]), but I hardly think I deserve that "title." I currently put a significant amount of my Fedora-related focus to keeping the wiki a good place for collaboration within the Fedora Community, helping out where I can (and understand).
  
* I'm a package maintainer. I mainly decided to become one because there are a few pieces of open source software out there that I think all of Fedora should be able to install easily.
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; Designed the current [[business cards]] used by Fedora contributors and wrote an application to generate them.
* If you find some program that you'd like to see packaged for Fedora shoot me an e-mail and I'll see what I can do.
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: I produced new, standardized versions of business cards for contributors. [http://ianweller.fedorapeople.org/business-cards/ Multiple versions were produced] based on feedback from the community. I then wrote a Python application, [http://fedorapeople.org/gitweb?p=ianweller/public_git/fedora-business-cards.git;a=summary fedora-business-cards], that downloads a contributor's data from FAS and automatically generates print-ready files for the front and back of the card.
  
[https://admin.fedoraproject.org/pkgdb/users/packages/ianweller?acls=owner List of packages maintained by ianweller]
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; Provided a [[FedoraProject:Translating|sane system for translations on the wiki]].
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: I ported some templates from [http://www.mediawiki.org/ mediawiki.org] to aide translators in keeping to a set scheme of how translated pages should be laid out on the wiki. Before this change, pages were laid out in different systems depending on the language they were in. The new system makes translated versions of pages easier to find and easier to contribute to.
  
=== Docs Project / Wiki ===
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== Major stuff I'm working on now ==
I worked with [[User:Mmcgrath|Mike McGrath]] on an initial conversion script from MoinMoin to MediaWiki that allowed for most of the content to be transferred over properly, and made many advances on solving other immediate wiki conversion problems.
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* Fedora brand guidelines update &mdash; [[User:Ianweller/Brand guidelines (draft)]]
 
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* Running the <span class="plainlinks">logo@fedoraproject.org</span> request queue
Currently, I work with the [[DocsProject]] on wiki gardening and reorganization so that the most infamous bug gets fixed: search is borked.
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* Automating data analysis within free software communities &mdash; [http://git.fedorahosted.org/git/?p=datanommer.git datanommer]
 
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Oh, and I'm also the [http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/fedora-wiki/2009-January/000089.html wiki czar].
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=== Ambassadors ===
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I'm considered a [[Ambassadors|Fedora Ambassador]], and I've started a project with [[User:Herlo|Clint Savage]] that will create a browser home page for Fedora computers at events where Fedora is present that will display to a user what Fedora is, quick links to join Fedora, and a snapshot of the community.
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Ian Wellerianweller@fedoraproject.org
Contributor, Fedora Project
Intern and Doer of Stuff, Community Architecture, Red Hat

More contact informationCollege scheduleBlog

Background

I began contributing to the Fedora Project as a packager in late 2007 (I was sponsored in early 2008). I soon stopped being able to find packages that I knew how to work with and started diving into other parts of Fedora, notably the Art Team (now the Design Team). From there I became more and more involved and, as they say, the rest is history. (You may now remove your cliché-blocking sunglasses.)

I'm currently a freshman at the University of Kansas, majoring in computer science. I was the 2010 recipient of the Fedora Scholarship.

In high school, I was a prominent supporter of open source ideals, trying to use open source software in all that I did and explaining to those who asked what the benefits of the open source way are. I was a major part of the newspaper at my high school, acting as both the copy editor and webmaster ("the" being the most important word in that sentence — I didn't contribute as much as I liked to during my tenure on staff there).

Major stuff I did

Helped with the transition from MoinMoin to MediaWiki for fedoraproject.org/wiki.
Looking back on it, I didn't help as much as I would have liked to. At the time, I knew zero Python, but I was able to help Mike McGrath and others understand the paradigms of MediaWiki and its syntax. I then helped the Docs Project and others with their own use cases for the wiki. Some call me the "wiki czar" (see this mailing list post), but I hardly think I deserve that "title." I currently put a significant amount of my Fedora-related focus to keeping the wiki a good place for collaboration within the Fedora Community, helping out where I can (and understand).
Designed the current business cards used by Fedora contributors and wrote an application to generate them.
I produced new, standardized versions of business cards for contributors. Multiple versions were produced based on feedback from the community. I then wrote a Python application, fedora-business-cards, that downloads a contributor's data from FAS and automatically generates print-ready files for the front and back of the card.
Provided a sane system for translations on the wiki.
I ported some templates from mediawiki.org to aide translators in keeping to a set scheme of how translated pages should be laid out on the wiki. Before this change, pages were laid out in different systems depending on the language they were in. The new system makes translated versions of pages easier to find and easier to contribute to.

Major stuff I'm working on now