Development & Community Credits - the people behind wikiloopsThis is where we would like to introduce the team and some notable contributers to the wikiloops project:
The founderRichard Kaiser, Germany
Richard sat down some winter night in 2010 and started to learn how to code php, initially to organize his own homerecorded drumloops in a way that would be fun to browse while practising.
To demonstrate the idea of wikiloops, the multi-instrumentalist created a handfull of characters on wikiloops, each representing a certain instrument - while he is most commonly know as "Dick" the bassplayer, one can find his drum tracks listed by "Baer", and some more by Fred, Rich and the infamous MrSnuts.
Richard takes care of all programming aspects of wikiloops, the legal matters, server maintenance, user support, funding & sponsoring, volonteer coordination and community development on wikiloops.
Besides working on wikiloops, he is currently working as a freelance sound engineer.
Check out Richards Blog on developing wikiloops, and feel free to contact rkaiser [at] wikiloops.com if you would like to get in touch!
OliVBee "Monsieur Clusters" from Paris, France
Olivier is known for being a mix & recording genius and a great guitar player just as well. He has been moderating on wikiloops since 2013 and deserves some major credit for the french translation of wikiloops.
TeeGee from Germany
TeeGee, was born in Israel and likes to claim no one is able to pronounce his real first name.
He is a self taught guitar player with a notorious preferrence for Stratocasters and for celebrating fridays on the wikiloops shoutbox.
jmrukkers from Switzerland
Joe is a friend of playing hammond sounds, saxophones and his three-stringed cigar-box-guitar
The born dutchman holds the record in sending in precise and detailed bug reports which have helped spot code problems in a very short timeframe quite often.
DannyK from California, USA
Danny -who reffers to himself as a hobbyist musician- joined the moderation team in 2017.
He plays acoustic guitars, electric basses and likes to sing a little, too.
Shi from England
Shi isn't just a remarkable voice and notorious song scribbler - she also likes to be the secret host of the wikiloops shoutbox. Many members have experienced a friendly greeting from her, and she always has exactly what you need on her virtual tea trolley... thanks for that, Shi!
Lutz from somewhere in the south of France
Lutz was among the first hundred musicians to join wikiloops in 2011,
and has been a valued part of the wikiloops core team ever since.
His view on things, encouragement and feedback has been involved in nearly all of the wikiloops projects decision taking.
Lutz plays the Saxophone & acoustic Guitar quite beautifully.
jstef from Milano, Italy
A loud "Grazie mille!" (with wild gestures) goes out to Stefano for translating the wikiloops interface to italian in early 2015.
nuno1959 from Portugal
From what we know, Nuno loves loud bassplaying, food, motorcycling and wikiloops. When sitting at home recovering from an accident, Nuno got so bored he translated wikiloops to portuguese. Thanks for that!
Frederico, Leonardo, Brittany, Javier & woXey from Spain, the United States & Argentina
All contributed to the spanish interface translation on the way - muchas gracias!
gerodoth from Stalingrad, Russia
Ivan offered to help make a long-lasting dream come true by translating the wikiloops interface to russian. As someone who witnessed the end of the cold war when germany was re-united, Dick always had a special interest to let americans and russians jam together on wikiloops, so in a great effort Ivan contributed the needed translation. Handling the different grammar and kyrillic typeset turned out to be quite an extra challenge on the coding end, so here is a huge thank you for all the help and time spent guiding Dick thru this process.
BETA-test task force & community gems
Mandolodda from Germany
Lothar knew about Dicks idea to create this place even before it had the name wikiloops, and was among the few people who tested the plattform prior to its release on april 1st 2011. It takes some nerve to make any possible mistake on a halfways working website, just to find out if that is possible to do :) Thanks for that!
Dominik & Machete from Germany
These two also need to be mentioned here, for Dominik supplied some of the nicest jam-along guitar tracks, while Machete did a lot of spellchecking & corrections on the very first wikiloops interface.
The two got married some time later...
Erika & Michael from Germany
Now, this one goes out to Dicks parents, who have supported the wikiloops project all the way. No way to have a great wikiloops member meeting in Urft and no birthday cake on the wikiloops anniversaries without these two :)
Wade from New Zealand
Wade can truly be called a cosmopolitan, who has seen quite a lot of this planet. He resides somewhere in NZ if he is not causing trouble somewere else, plays the Saxophone and gave us a reason to hold the first wikiloops member meeting in 2014. Wade has been taking part in the "inner circle" planning and discussion group, adding thought and good advice.
@Freshfunk from Germany
credit goes to @Freshfunk for thinking along on the technical side of wikiloops and sending in a lot of valuable feedback to improve the site and its functions.
He does play some wicked guitar, too.
Kimbo from Cornwall
Kim definetly deserves a mention here for cooking deliciously during the wikimeets 2014 & 2015 - come back soon, mate!
Uloisius from Germany
Uli invested a huge amount of time into optimizing the wikiloops radio feature in early 2015.
Thanks for many constructive telephone conferences with Dick on the topic of "how to pick a good track by algorythm"!
Hurzel from Germany
Benjamin does not only play the piano in an amazing way, he also seems to be quite well trained in things information management... a rather quick look into the wikiloops codebase in late 2014 resulted in enough hints and improvement tips towards Dick to reduce the server load by remarkable percentages.
Zac from Boston, USA
Zac has pointed Dick towards several issues one experiences when browsing wikiloops with a screen reading device in the past years. Thanks for helping to improve wikiloops, so it can be navigated in such a scenario!
earlsteven from Germany
Last, but not least, thanks go out to Dicks friend Stephan, who celebrated the idea to name this place wikiloops in such a strong way that this decision was easy :)
This list is far from being complete... the history of wikiloops is full of people who were willing to help, invest time and expertise and who have somehow turned this project into what it is today. Thanks to anyone who lent a hand creating wikiloops.
Open-source/freeware software developers who have in some way contributed to what wikiloops looks like today:
PHP-Fusion - this CMS system coded by Nick Jones was the platform Dick used to build the wikiloops library.
jplayer by happyworm - this open source audio player is powering the sound on wikiloops
Piwik - an open source tracking alternative to googles analytics
Arvind Guptas ajaxify.js - smooth page loading & bandwidth saving ajax script, a gitHub code collaboration
wikiloops includes GeoLite2 data created by MaxMind, available from http://www.maxmind.com.
The file-upload-handler in use on wikiloops is provided by blueimps Jquery-File-Upload (MIT licensed).
The image sliders used on wikiloops are powered by Steven Wanderskis bxslider.
wavesurfer.js - the waveforms displayed on wikiloops are drawn with the help of a customized version of
a big chunk of credit belongs to places on the web where you can study coding for free, so for answering a zillion questions, thanks goes to the communities at
stackoverflow.com - a free wiki of coding knowledge
PHP-Einfach - a german .php & sql tutorial site
Dick also likes to thank the developers of freeware software used in the making of wikiloops
Thank you for supplying tools to the creatives without commercial rip-off
Alleycode - for their eye-saving freeware Code-Editor
GIMP - for a powerfull graphics editing tool featuring everything you could wish for. At no cost. Thanks to those who coded that, you guys did an awesome job.
Special thanks go out to the members who donated to help raise funds for wikiloops.com: