Agree with Tim, one would image that a fair bit of thought would have gone into a decision such as this. That it would have occurred over multiple meetings with substantial input from various parts of the organization. I think it is reasonable to give the WMF some time to comment on this further.
Yuri Astrakhan is still listed as "Interactive Tech Team Lead" https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Yurik Further clarification around that including comments from him would be useful. I know from my meetings with Yuri over the years he is very dedicated to the work of developing tools that help Wiki(m)pedia build rich content. J On Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 2:50 PM, Tim Landscheidt <t...@tim-landscheidt.de> wrote: > Anna Stillwell <astillw...@wikimedia.org> wrote: > > > […] > > > I also hear that the pause on the interactive work is temporary. I’ve > heard > > them request time. I am comfortable granting that request, but no one is > > required to agree with me. They’ve also said that the person with the > most > > information is on vacation. As someone who has seen employees go through > > considerable stress in the last years, the entire executive team is > working > > to establish some cultural standards around supporting vacations. We want > > people here to feel comfortable taking proper vacations and sometimes > that > > can even need to happen in a crisis. People often plan their vacations > well > > in advance and may not know that something tricky will come up. Just so > you > > understand one bias I bring to this conversation. > > > […] > > I concur with DJ in his initial mail that this is not a use- > ful practice, and I doubt very much that it relieves employ- > ees' stress. It conveys the organizational expectation that > employees are SPOFs without any backup. An employee should > not experience their time off as a period where his work > load is just temporarily buffered until his return, but > where colleagues will step in and take care of business. > Especially such a major decision like "pausing" a team > should not depend on the inner thoughts of one employee, but > be backed and explainable by others. > > Tim > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/ > wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > -- James Heilman MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine www.opentextbookofmedicine.com _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>