[Foundation-l] Goodbye

Chris Down neuro.wikipedia at googlemail.com
Wed May 27 10:35:50 UTC 2009

Thanks for your fantastic work across the board. I do hope that this goodbye
only marks an end of formal involvement, and that you can still come along
from time to time. :)

- Chris

On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 6:50 PM, Michael Bimmler <mbimmler at gmail.com> 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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