[Wikimedia-l] Ting's resignation, Thank you for five great years

Pavel Richter pavel.richter at wikimedia.de
Wed May 8 10:04:26 UTC 2013

Hi Jan-Bart,

I would like to join you in thanking Ting for his work over the last 5
years (man, what a long time, and what a great commitment).

@Ting: Thank You and Vielen Dank! I am very confident that you will stay
part of our great movement in the future, in whatever capacity suits you
best. And I am looking forward to hear from you, to get your advice and
your input in all things related to Wikimedia.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Pavel Richter

Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tel.: +49 - 30 - 219 158 260
Twitter: @pavel

2013/5/5 Jan-Bart de Vreede <jdevreede at wikimedia.org>

> Hi Everyone,
> As today is the day that Ting's resignation from the Board of Trustees
> becomes effective I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for
> the tremendous contribution he has made to the board over the past five
> years. I did not know Ting when he joined our board but from what I heard
> we were lucky that the community elected him. And that certainly proved to
> be the case. In my opinion a board functions best when there are many
> divergent opinions at the table who are able to discuss matters in a
> sensible and constructive way in order to come to creative solutions. Ting
> certainly contributed his uniqueness to that mix over the past five years,
> and I am grateful that he was able to make as much time available as he did
> in order to remain on the board for such a long time. Apart from being a
> really really nice person Ting has a lot of wisdom (something which he will
> probably deny ;)
> As some of you might know I ran against Ting for the Chair position of the
> Board of Trustees in 2010 and lost. At that time I thought that I was
> definitely the better candidate but the following two years proved me
> wrong. I was happy to serve as his vice chair during the second year. His
> diligent way of going about things made sure that a lot of things got done
> during his tenure as chair and also ensured that all the voices at the
> table got heard. Ting was always willing to go and visit a local chapter or
> a Wikimedia event in order to represent the board and Foundation. His
> unwavering principles and spirited way of discussing topics about which he
> is passionate (of which there are several) are an inspiration. At the same
> time he was more than willing to listen to all the different viewpoints and
> able to change his mind if others presented valid arguments (something
> which sounds simple but with which a lot of people, including myself, have
> difficulty with ;) During several different discussions Ting managed to
> convince me of the fact that his viewpoint was the correct one, and I will
> miss his input in the future.
> As is tradition Ting will attend the next Wikimania (Hong Kong here we
> come!) and we will take that opportunity to formally thank him for his
> efforts for the Wikimedia Board of Trustees. I hope you will all join me in
> this :)
> Thank you Ting! I am not sure how or when, but I hope that our paths will
> cross again in the coming years!
> Jan-Bart de Vreede
> Vice Chair Board of Trustees
> Wikimedia Foundation
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