User:Larry Sanger

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Dear Wikipedians,

I'm no longer associated with Wikipedia, which I co-founded. You can read my own account of my involvement with Wikipedia and Nupedia, "The Early History of Nupedia and Wikipedia: A Memoir," here:

Links to some of my other writings about the project, and other topics, can be found at

I can be reached at blarneypilgrim (a t) yahoo (d o t) com.

--Larry Sanger, April 21, 2005

P.S. Here's what I posted when I left in 2002. Still good advice:

All the best to Wikipedia and Wikipedians. May you continue

  • to be open and warmly welcoming, not insular,
  • to be focused singlemindedly on writing an encyclopedia, not on Usenet-style debate,
  • to recognize and praise the best work, work that is detailed, factual, well-informed, and well-referenced,
  • to work to understand what neutrality requires and why it is so essential to and good for this project,
  • to treat your fellow productive, well-meaning members of Wikipedia with respect and good will,
  • to attract and honor good people who know a lot and can write about it well, and
  • to show the door to trolls, vandals, and wiki-anarchists, who if permitted would waste your time and create a poisonous atmosphere here.

P.P.S. I'm starting a fork of Wikipedia, called the Citizendium. I also now have a personal home page.