My name is David Artiss and I’m an Enterprise Happiness Engineer at Automattic, working on the WordPress VIP team. I provide front-line support to enterprise clients.

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We provide consulting, support, hosting, training, and other services to some of the biggest and best WordPress sites for clients like Time Inc., Facebook, TechCrunch and The New York Times

I am a WordCamp speaker and volunteer as well as a long-time contributor to WordPress, having assisted with Core, Documentation, Support and WordPress.TV. I am also the author of a number of free WordPress plugins.


When not working, I’m a blogger-cum-writer. This site was named as a weekly blog highlight by public relations service company Cision on 4th December 2009 and has been mentioned on the BBC website. Twice. I am also a journalist for the technology website, The Big Tech Question and have also been known to make an appearance on the PC Pro podcast.

Reading as often as I can (comic book and non-fiction), I also watch a lot of films (action and comedy), TV (comedy and documentary) and listen to music and podcasts. I’m a Star Wars, Star Trek and Marvel nerd. An avid gamer and amateur theatre performer rounds off my social time.

Although I try and keep out of politics, I am an EU Remainer 🇪🇺.

Mildly bipolar, an ambivert, aphantasmic and a lucid dreamer. I’m also cross-dominant and a sufferer of sensory overload. Tea-total, I’m a total hit at parties. 

I really don’t understand airport security

It’s become an on-going joke with my work colleagues that I have issues with security at airports. And no one airport has been as bad as Manchester. I’m just back from a family holiday in Germany and we flew out from Manchester and, let’s say, they really excelled themselves this time. Usually, it’s the full-body…

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What does that button on the Mazda 3 boot do?

Just to the right of centre on a pre-2019 Mazda 3 is the boot release button. But move further to the right there’s a second, smaller, round button. It’s not mentioned in the owner’s manual, so what it do? First of all, let’s clear up which button I mean… That’s it in the centre. To…

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This site’s footprint

I ran the above using a carbon footprint calculator available at websitecarbon.com. Bearing in mind I’ve done nothing to keep the footprint low, I’m quite happy with the result of this.

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