Nik Everett, TweetDigital Blacksmith at Wikimedia
Biography: Nik Everett
Nik Everett is a software engineer working for the Wikimedia Foundation and living in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a contributor to MediaWiki and Elasticsearch and maintains two Elasticsearch plugins and one MediaWiki plugin. He's also involved with the Wikidata Project, deploys code at the Wikimedia Foundation, and is a general all-around nice guy.
The sum total of the requirements: Make the search engine not page people. Users have to like it.
The traffic volume: 870 million full text searches, 3.1 billion find as you type searches a month.
The solution: replace the search system that had heroically powered search for years with on rewritten to use Elasticsearch.