Thomas Dalton wrote:
2009/9/28 Brion Vibber <brion(a)wikimedia.org>rg>:
I'd like to share some exciting news with you
all... After four awesome
years working for the Wikimedia Foundation full-time, next month I'm
going to be starting a new position at StatusNet, leading development on
the open-source microblogging system which powers identi.ca and other sites.
Congratulations on your new job, but I must confess to seeing this as
bad news, rather than exciting news... I'm glad you intend to make
your departure as smooth as possible, but it is disappointing that you
couldn't stay full-time until there was a new CTO and handover
properly. The Wikimedia movement is significantly worse off without
you - I was really looking forward to you handing over the
administrative part of your job and concentrating on coding, great
things would have happened, I'm sure! However, I wish you the best of
luck in the future and I looked forward to seeing you around here,
even if it is a little less often.
Fortunately, if you read Brion's entire message, the Wikimedia movement
is not going to be left without him, and you will still be able to see
him around (probably a little less often, yes). So I'm not sure why you
finish up by referring to him in the past tense.
I certainly won't pretend that the Wikimedia Foundation is eager to see
Brion leave its staff. But one of the things that's important to us is
to make sure employees have opportunities to grow and develop, and in
some cases that growth will lead them into new opportunities outside the
organization. So with that I wish Brion all the best with his new job. I
look forward to his ongoing contributions to MediaWiki development, and
I hope that his other work will also add significantly to the free
culture movement, so that it really develops an ecosystem and not just a
couple of peculiar organizations.