What is a Half-Elf and what does that have to do with WordPress?

Mika Epstein - photo by Amy Hendrix
Photo by Amy Hendrix at WordCamp NYC 2014

I’m Mika Ariela Epstein, better known as Ipstenu, the Half-Elf Rogue of WordPress. One day I made a joke that I wasn’t a Support Wizard, I was a half-elf rogue who snuck up on problems and stabbed them in the back. The joke became my forums title on WordPress.org and from there, my identity in WordPress was that of a half-elf.

Since 2012 I’ve worked for DreamHost in various roles, from WordPress Support Specialist and Manager (aka ‘WordPress Guru’ or unicorn, depending on who you ask), and currently as a WordPress Developer on the managed WordPress hosting platform, DreamPress.

On WordPress.org, I’m the representative for the Plugin Review team, making sure the directory provides a safe place for all WordPress users – from the non-technical to the developer – to download plugins that are consistent with the goals of the WordPress project. I also speak at events internationally on topics ranging from coding to handing angry users, provide training, and run a website to track queer female characters on TV.

WordPress Origin Story

Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit real tight
I’ll tell you how I became a guru of WordPress Multisite

In WordPress bloggin’ born and raised
In support forums is where I spent most of my days.
Hanging, helping, debugging all cool
And all .htaccessing like a fool.
Till a couple Canadians, up to no good,
Starting pushin’ MU in my neighborhood.
I coded one little plugin, my wife got scared,
She said “You’re writing all this code on your Macbook air!

I spoke at a WordCamp and then it came clear,
The job offer was fresh, and it came with good beer!
If anything I could say that WordPress was fair,
And I thought, “Hey, just fork it! Yo, homes dye my hair!”

I logged in to Slack ’bout 7 or 8
And I said to the meetup “Here”, it was great
I looked at the make blogs
It was finally true!
I’m a guru of WordPress and Multisite too.