The WordPress Half-Elf Rogue

A blog about code, open source technology, open data, and mindful development practices.

Code What Matters

Risk exists in all things, and only by understanding can we create a better Internet for ourselves and the future. Write code that matters, be that to yourself or the world, but think about the worst things people can (and will) do with it…



With over 1000 posts, about WordPress, technology, servers, and ethics, you can teach yourself anything.



Content is posted irregularly. Code is written and reviewed daily. Mika can often be found speaking internationally.

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Mika (実佳) Ariela Epstein is better known as Ipstenu, the WordPress Half-Elf Rogue.

Working for XWP as a Lead Wordpress Developer and managing the Plugin Review Team, Mika helps make the internet safer for everyone. When she’s not writing her own code, she’s helping WordPress developers write something better.

The cofounder of LezWatch.TV, the greatest database of queer characters and shows, she develops software and trawls queer representation on television to make the data visible.

Passionate about code, open source technology, open data, and mindful development practices, Mika may watch a lot of TV but it’s for a good cause. You can find Mika travelling internationally to speak about the intersection of software, fandom, and humanism.

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A lot of people like to say thank you for the time I volunteer in WordPress, the things I do, and just being me. People like that helped me change my career trajectory and move to California.

I do like coffee.

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