Jimmy Donal Wales (born August 7, 1966), also known on Wikipedia by the pseudonym Jimbo, is an American-British  Internet entrepreneur, webmaster, and former financial trader.   He is a co-founder of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia  and the for-profit web hosting company Wikia, later renamed Fandom. 
Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales ( / ˈdoʊnəl ˈweɪlz /; born August 7, 1966 ) is an American-born British Internet entrepreneur. He is one of the people who started Wikipedia and Wikia.   Wales was born in Huntsville, Alabama, United States. There, he went to Randolph School. He then earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance.
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There currently remain two locations in English Wikipedia policy where Wales is explicitly mentioned: 1. Wikipedia:Banning policy § Appeal to Jimbo Wales states: 1.1. Any arbitration decision may be appealed to Jimbo Wales. While it is not unusual for him to consider an appeal, it is exceedingly unusual for him to overturn such a decision. A topic-...
In the past, Wales has instructed Wikimedia's system administrators to implement software changes that constitute de facto Wikipedia policy changes. For instance, in December 2005, in response to the Seigenthaler incident, Wales removed the ability of unregistered users to create new pages on the English-language Wikipedia. This change was proposed...
On 6 February 2006, Jimmy Wales was granted the 'steward' right on English Wikipedia by Danny, and was granted the 'steward' right on Meta by Sj. In 2009, a 'founder' flag was established for Wales,replacing his steward rights. The founder user group, to which only Jimmy Wales belongs, gives him a specific set of user rights on all projects includi...
In June 2003, the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) was founded as "Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of Florida, United States." The foundation's governance is a board of trustees, that in 2003 initially comprised of Jimmy Wales as Chair, Michael Davis (Mdavis), and Tim Shell (TimShell). Wales kept the position ...
The members of the Arbitration Committee were originally appointed by Wales. He retains the authority to overrule or dissolve the Committee. When the Committee was founded in 2004, he said that he expected to exercise this right "basically never". In June 2008, Wales once again asserted his intention to overrule the Committee if he deems it necessary, but added that he did not expect that would ever come about. This seems to contradict a previous statement by Wales made in April 2007: In Janu...
The original members of the Mediation Committee were appointed by Wales in December 2003, at the same time as the original Arbitrators were selected. All new mediator nominations were subject to the final approval of Wales, although he rarely commented on nominations and has never overturned a consensus of the Committee. Jimbo held a subscription to the private mailing list of the Mediation Committee, Mediation-en-l. The Mediation Committee was disbandedby the community in 2018.
Historically, Wikipedia:Banning policy § Authority to ban included a line that stated: Jimbo Wales retains the authority to ban editors. In April 2022, Jimbo Wales removed this line from the policy at his own volition, stating in a village pump discussion regarding that line: In order to prevent any further controversy on the immediate question, though, I have personally removed the line in question from the policy and assert affirmatively that I do not have the right to ban users unilaterally.
Blocking and unblocking users
As an administrator on the English Wikipedia, Wales has the technical ability to block editors. However, in August 2009 he decided to permanently renounce these powers. In May 2010 he used them again. On 21 September 2011 he unblocked an IP"Limited unblock for purpose of participating on my talk page only".
Wales has the technical ability, through the unique permissions flag of "founder", to add and remove all user rights. Wales has not invoked this power often, and his most recent removal of admin rights in 2008 provoked varying amounts of controversy.The question of whether the English Wikipedia community can remove Wales's administrator status has not yet arisen.
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales on 20 Years Of Tech
Gizmodo is 20 years old! To celebrate the anniversary, we’re looking back at some of the most significant ways our lives have been thrown for a loop by our digital tools. Jimmy Wales co-founded Wikipedia in 2001.
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Jimmy Wales I Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales (mayayagkas /ˈdoʊnəl weɪlz/; mibait Agosto 7, 1966)  metung yang Americanung negosianti king Aptas ( Internet entrepreneur) ampong kayabeng talatátag at saka promoter ning Wikipedia.    Jimmy Wales 2014 on CeBIT Global Conferences, Wikipedia Zero Mibait ya i Wales king Huntsville, Alabama.
Jimmy Wales. Hi Jimmy Wales nagyakan didto han FOSDEM 2005 in Brussels, Belgium. Hi Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales (natawo Agosto 7, 1966) usa nga U.S. nga Internet entrepreneur ngan wiki nga pioneer nga kilalado nga amo an orihinal nga naghimo ngan namuno han Wikipedia, usa nga internasyonal nga pintakasi nga gawasnon an sulod nga ensayklopedia ha ...
Jimmy Wales is an Internet entrepreneur and wiki enthusiast, and founder of the Wikipedia project. Jimmy was born in Huntsville , Alabama in 1966, and is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of Alabama. He worked as Research Director at Chicago Options Associates, a futures and options trading firm then located in Chicago.