Then without further delay, his reappointment should happen ASAP.  I don’t 
understand why it should go back to the community for reelection when it was a 
Board decision to remove him.  The Board should simply apologize and reinstate 
James Hellman now.

Betty Wills (Atsme)

> On May 5, 2016, at 12:06 PM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Jimmy, thank you for retracting this statement.
> 
> James
> 
> On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 5:02 PM, Jimmy Wales <jimmywa...@ymail.com> wrote:
> 
>> 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>
>> 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
>> 
>> 
>> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> James Heilman
> MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian
> 
> The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine
> www.opentextbookofmedicine.com
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