I can only +1 most of the comments made here. You have been an
important companion since I joined WMDE in 2010 and it is hard to
imagine the movement without you. I hope you and your wisdom will
remain on our side.
Thank you for your trust and support, and don't forget to swing by and
say Hi anytime you are in Berlin. And of course I am looking forward
to hearing what you are up to in the future.
On 14 April 2015 at 10:46, Hasive Nurunnaby <nhasive(a)wikimedia.org.bd> wrote:
Hello Erik, best wishes on your new journey and Thanks
to you for
On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 2:29 PM, Jan-Bart de Vreede <jdevreede(a)wikimedia.org
> Dear Erik,
> Not sure where to begin :(
> Because words cannot begin how important your contribution to Wikimedia so
> far has been. When I started on the board in 2007 you were a little
> impatient with your new fellow board member for simply “not getting it”
> (fair comment, some would argue that 8 years later I still don’t get it so
> there). In the following months I learned to admire not just your expertise
> but also your unwavering belief in our mission. You made clear what “being
> bold” meant on several occasions. Sue could not have picked a better deputy
> to help her set up the foundation in San Francisco and you deserve a large
> part of the credit for what we have achieved (as it witnessed in this
> But there are two things that have always impressed me beyond all others:
> 1) Knowing what the “right thing” to do is in terms of our movement and
> mission. I have sought you out many times for advice, and have not
> regretted it once. Even if I did not agree your perspective always got me
> thinking and helped me form a better opinion.
> 2) Your ability to always be frank, but also take the time to reach out
> and spend the time to explain things when needed (and take the criticism
> for it). Several emails to this mailing list are proof of that.
> But I can understand your decision that “the time has come”. I might not
> agree, but I am not sure I will ever agree with it…. working with you has
> made me a better person and hopefully we will have the chance to do so
> again somewhere in the future.
> As a very small consolation: I am excited to find out what cause you will
> actively support next, and I am sure that your path and that of our
> community will continue to cross regularly.
> From the bottom of my heart: THANK YOU!
> Jan-Bart “your henchman” de Vreede
> > On 13 Apr 2015, at 20:12, Erik Moeller <erik(a)wikimedia.org
> > Hi all --
> > As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
> > Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
> > MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
> > involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
> > movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
> > for me to do something different and new.
> > It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
> > have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
> > were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
> > lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
> > scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
> > generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
> > the gift of free knowledge.
> > I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
> > mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
> > Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
> > :) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
> > lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
> > community health and diversity.
> > I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
> > of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
> > services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
> > always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
> > key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
> > thrive in years to come.
> > But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
> > want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
> > -- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
> > challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.
> > I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
> > collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
> > that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
> > policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
> > communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
> > spaces and new ideas.
> > Lila, Damon, Terry, myself and others in the org have been discussing
> > how to organize product going forward to set the org up for success in
> > the years to come, and we’ll have an update on that very soon. This is
> > a very natural point for me to pursue something new.
> > What Wikimedia does in the world is wonderful & important. I’m sure I
> > will continue to cross paths with many of you in future as I continue
> > to move in free culture circles, and I very much look forward to it.
> > I’ll continue to be @ WMF full-time through April, and will make
> > myself available as necessary afterwards, for when the org needs human
> > institutional memory that surpasses digital archives. I wish you all
> > success and joy :-)
> > Love,
> > Erik
> > --
> > Erik Möller
> > VP of Product & Strategy, Wikimedia Foundation
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