[Foundation-l] Goodbye

Dan Rosenthal swatjester at gmail.com
Tue May 26 22:28:46 UTC 2009


You and I have had our disagreements, especially over the mailing  
list, but nobody can argue with the quality and amount of work you've  
done for the Foundation. My best wishes to you at university.

On May 26, 2009, at 1:50 PM, Michael Bimmler wrote:

> Dear all,
> I would like to use this opportunity to say "Goodbye" to all of you,
> because my involvement with Wikimedia is now coming to an end. I could
> make this a long email, taking about my time here and giving my
> opinion and advice about the state and future of the Wikimedia
> movement, but I'd like to keep this fairly short and simple -- many of
> you have already received epic emails from me, you don't need another
> one ;-)
> Suffice to say, that the slightly more than 5 years that I have now
> been involved as non-anonymous participant in Wikipedia and Wikimedia
> have been very interesting to say the least - certainly a personal
> benefit for me, albeit one with ups and downs. In this comparably
> short time span, I saw the foundation mature from a rather abstract
> concept to a working and professionally staffed NGO with a broad
> networks of chapters all around the globe and I have learnt a lot in
> this process. I have thought long about whether I should remain
> involved with Wikimedia (I originally only resigned from Wikimedia CH
> because I am no longer in Switzerland since April and do not foresee
> being there other than for vacation in the next couple of years), but
> I decided in the end that I prefer a clear cut from everything, rather
> than just somewhat reducing my activity, and this year being for me
> personally the start of a new era anyways (new university, new country
> of residence etc.), it seems quite fitting to move on and start new
> pastimes, spend my time on new things.
> The little formalities: My tenure with Wikimedia CH ends on Wednesday,
> May 27th - my ChapCom and list admin positions end at the end of May
> and in general, I am fine with having all my access privileges
> (accounts on non-public wikis, list subscriptions etc.) removed or
> closed per the end of May.
> I wish you all the best -- from now on, I will again rely on what I
> read about Wikimedia's fate in the media, albeit taking it with a
> pinch of salt...
> Goodbye!
> Yours truly,
> Michael
> -- 
> Michael Bimmler
> mbimmler at gmail.com
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