[Foundation-l] Closing projects policy now official

Robin Pepermans robinp.1273 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 26 15:19:43 UTC 2011

I had put a notice on [[meta:Wikimedia Forum]] and a notice on the
[[Proposals for closing projects]] page. Several users supported the policy
proposal, and some gave feedback so we could improve the text.
Apart from the meeting report, I think we didn't send a separate e-mail to
foundation-l about this, which we perhaps should have done.

My proposal included the language committee as decision body because I find
it logical that who is in charge of opening projects should be in charge of
closing them as well. When the community proposes a policy themselves, it
can replace this policy. The situation until now, without any policy, was

(I'd like to make clear that no-one is really bothered with inactive
projects (it's just inactive, there's almost no spam or anything), except
those who volunteer to import the content of closed projects to the
Incubator, which I and several others do. It's easy to just close a project
and say that the content needs to be transferred.)

2011/6/25 Aaron Adrignola <aaron.adrignola op gmail.com>

> I also agree that a resolution is needed.  Two individuals don't speak for
> the whole board and I'm not willing to take your word on it.  Up until now
> the community has had the say over which projects were closed through the
> proposals for closing projects and you throw out the statement that there's
> a new "policy" that's "official" with nothing to back it up.  Further it's
> supposedly the language committee which should have the say when most of
> the
> proposals for closure are due to inactivity and have nothing to do with the
> language itself.
> I never saw any requests for comment from the community either before you
> decided to pull the rug out from under us.  The situation is ridiculous.
> > From: Milos Rancic <millosh op gmail.com>
> > To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l op lists.wikimedia.org>
> > Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2011 13:04:50 +0200
> > Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Closing projects policy now official
> > On 06/25/2011 12:54 PM, Béria Lima wrote:
> > > So we should wait for a resolution no? Until there is only your word.
> > >
> > > PS: I'm not saying you are lying or anything, but that the final
> decision
> > > about that requires a Resolution.
> >
> > I don't think that it is needed because Board has the final word anyway,
> > as well as Language proposal policy has never officially approved as-is,
> > but through the general recognition of Language committee.
> >
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