User:Deskana (WMF)

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Dan Garry
Dan Garry
Lead Product Manager, Discovery Department, Wikimedia Foundation
"Perhaps you were expecting some surprise, for me to reveal a secret that had eluded you, something that would change your perspective of events, shatter you to your core. There is no great revelation, no great secret. There is only you." - Kreia

About me

I started editing the English Wikipedia as Deskana in 2005. I became an administrator in 2006 and have done many things since then, but my most prominent activity has been in my service as a CheckUser.

Before I joined the Wikimedia Foundation, I was doing research using mathematical models of electroencephalogram to give insights into new treatment methods for absence epilepsy. Before that, I studied computer science and mathematics.

In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, travelling, video games (in particular StarCraft II), tasting different beers, and fixing/breaking computers. Also, I spend some of my spare time on that whole Wikipedia thing. You might have heard of it? ;-)

My work

I am the Lead Product Manager for the Discovery Department. Our mission is to make the wealth of knowledge and content in the Wikimedia projects easily discoverable. My primary responsibility is to guide product development across Discovery by ensuring we're aware of and adequately serving the needs of our users. Discovery's products include improving maps, the Wikidata Query Service, and search. I also serve as the product owner of the search system.

Previously, I was an Associate Product Manager serving as the product owner for Mobile Apps Team (now part of the Reading Department), where I led the team in launching the official Wikipedia apps on iOS and Android. The apps are designed to provide the best and cleanest reading experience for Wikipedia, and were listed as featured apps on both the App Store on iOS and Google Play on Android.

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:
  • IRC: Deskana
  • As a volunteer: Deskana