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" 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.


On Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 2:50 PM, Tim Landscheidt <>

> Anna Stillwell <> 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
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