User:Jimbo Wales

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At the Gottlieb Duttweiler Awards Show, 2011.

Hello! My name is Jimmy Wales, and this is my user page. I go by "Jimmy" in real life but often go by "Jimbo" online. People sometimes assume that "Jimmy" is only a nickname for "James", but my real name is Jimmy.

I was born in Huntsville, Alabama, United States. I founded Wikipedia on January 15, 2001. Since 2006, I have been the Chair Emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation, which I founded on June 20, 2003. In 2004, along with Angela Beesley, I co-founded Wikia, a completely separate organization unrelated to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation. I am proud of founding Wikipedia, and I am grateful for what it has offered to millions of people worldwide.

You can edit this page!

Wikipedia is yours. I trust you.
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Really, you can! If you would like to, please feel free to do so. Make an ! Make several edits! After all, that is what Wikipedia is all about.

I like to keep it a certain way (simple and free from anything that requires a div tag, style, or template), but the thing is, I trust you. Yes, I really do! I trust that you'll add something here that makes me really smile or that informs me or many others. But please, don't vandalize.

Over 3,000 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 (apart from bad faith alterations and vandalism) visitors are welcome to edit. Wikipedia can always use more help. It is, after all, a permanent work-in-progress.

Comments or questions about how this page currently looks should be kept on my talk page, rather than this page.

Contacting me

Press inquiries: For inquiries strictly regarding Wikipedia or another Wikimedia project, you can e-mail me directly at, or you can call the Foundation office and speak to our communications person, Jay, at +1 (415) 839‑6885. For inquiries about my personal views on some general topic, contact my assistant, Samantha, at She knows how to find me as quickly as possible. For inquiries about Wikia (a for-profit company completely separate from Wikimedia and Wikipedia, extending our social model to become "the rest of the library"), also contact Samantha at

General Wikipedia questions: You will probably be satisfied by contacting the help desk or the Teahouse.

Complaints: If you have a complaint, it's best to start with the help desk. Ask a short, friendly question, and fellow Wikipedians will be happy to help. Contacting me directly with a complaint should be reserved for after you have exhausted all other possible remedies.

If you have a complaint about article content, there are many avenues to pursue. The best and simplest way is to just fix it. You can also open a discussion on the article's talk page about the issues you want to address. Be sure that you are adding well-written text using legitimate information from credible, reliable sources. If your change is reverted, continue the discussion on the talk page to get consensus. That is how Wikipedia works.

Other inquiries of any kind can be e-mailed to

See also

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