I was speaking only for myself, and I am happy to retract the comment fully and without reservation.

The reasons for the removal have been recently put forward with significant clarity in Denny's statement.

I was speaking colloquially in the sense that the removal was not done capriciously or randomly but for reasons that the board thought meaningful. I did not know and do not know the full legal meaning of the phrase "for cause" and meant nothing more than that people had reasons that they thought sufficient.

As I told James before the meeting, I decided to vote with the majority, whatever that may be, on the principle that if he really had lost the support of the rest of the board, he would not be able to function effectively. As I have said, if James were to be re-elected by the community, I would agree with his return to the board.


On 05/05/2016 02:09, James Heilman wrote:

Following my removal from the WMF board, Jimmy Wales publicly stated


“But in this case, it isn't relevant as this was a removal for cause.--Jimbo Wales <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jimbo_Wales>(talk <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Jimbo_Wales#top>) 08:54, 30 December 2015 (UTC)” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Jimbo_Wales/Archive_201


If I was removed “for cause” by my fellow board members I would like to request a written statement outlining what this cause was. In a Dec 30th, 2015 personal email JW touched on two potential reasons but they are unfounded. If these are indeed the reasons I was removed, I feel a public discussion would be useful.


If JW was not speaking in an official capacity and I was not removed “for cause”, I would like to request a statement from the board to that effect.

Sincerely
--
James Heilman
MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian

The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine
www.opentextbookofmedicine.com <http://www.opentextbookofmedicine.com>

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