Dear Wizardman, I'm sorry to read you've retired and hope to see you again someday. You worked very hard on this encyclopedia and it's much better because you did. :) -SusanLesch (talk) 17:03, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
- I certainly hope that this won't be permanent, Wizardman. You perform huge amounts of great work and have been a highly active editor ever since before I was a new user; I think it would be a massive loss for you to leave. I hope that this will turn out to be break and that you will be back; if not, then I wish you good luck and a pleasant retirement. Best. Acalamari 09:33, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
Say it ain't so!
I totally missed this. Why retire? You can't leave! We need you!
And MER-C cares and Dana Boomer cares and we've got a brand new copyright clerk who is going gangbusters (list not exclusive - just the first three that came to mind bright and early this morning.) I imagine we'd all rather have you here and writing articles even if you've burned out on copyright work. You've been carrying that load for a long time now, and I know how heavy it is. I hope you will decide to come back and do the things that still inspire you. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 11:15, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
- Absolutely, and I feel almost exactly the same way. That was a batshit insane weekend for copyvio cleanup, the likes of which I never wish to see again. FYI, I indeffed four of them (علی پیرحیاتی has made >60 edits per user talk edit, which makes me wonder whether (s)he should be indeffed as well). There is a significant problem with non-communicative copyvio editors and I think a rant on AN or some other highly trafficked venue is in order -- I'll leave it to you for maximum catharsis. MER-C 12:56, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
- Let me add my name to the list of those who care passionately about making sure that contributions to Wikipedia are free content. I'm sorry I haven't been as active as I'd like to recently at WP:CCI—real-life commitments have forced me to scale back my efforts; at the moment I have time only to keep my eye on one or two persistent copyright-infringing sockpuppeteers. However, I do appreciate all the work you've been doing on run-of-the-mill CCI cases. I hope you'll enjoy your break, and that it won't turn out to be permanent. :) —Psychonaut (talk) 15:05, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
A barnstar for you!
|The Tireless Contributor Barnstar|
|I'm sorry to see that your time here is coming to an end, but you've certainly done more than enough in building the encyclopedia. You will be missed. Northern Antarctica (talk) 16:57, 3 March 2014 (UTC)|
A barnstar for you!
|The Tireless CCI Contributor Barnstar|
|Frankly, every one of the 17,000,000+ users or however many we are up to these days could give you a barnstar, and it still would not be sufficient thanks for the tireless work you do behind the scenes at CCI. I appreciate your efforts; thanks to people like you doing that "grunt work", people like me can have fun writing articles on topics we enjoy ... I appreciate that opportunity. I know that you prefer writing baseball articles to your copyright work, and I can hardly blame you; thanks for both of those key facets of your work. Without editors such as yourself keeping us legal, this project would not exist. So when I say thank you, I would like to think I do so on behalf of the roughly 116 million people who visit Wikipedia on a monthly basis who have no idea the hard work that you and others perform at CCI on a daily basis. Thank you, thank you, thank you, and did I forget to say thank you. Go Phightins! 03:58, 6 March 2014 (UTC)|
So, my rather abrupt leaving seems to have made waves. While I knew some people would be disappointed, I wasn't expecting the complete restructuring of the Baseball project or the sudden extra hands handling copyright work. Seeing people jump in does give me hope that the project might be alright.
Does that mean I'm back? It depends on the meaning of "back". Will I be back to the 1000 edit a month guy who manages slews of processes? No, that part of me is done. Will I write about the occasional topic that interests me, ignoring anything outside of the mainspace? That's the most likely possibility. It has been a really long time since I legitimately just worked on things I was interested in without worrying about the outer parts of the site. Besides, the archives I do have access to may disappear and lock me out, or new ones may open up that are perfect for me.
Finding those stories may be enough to keep me going. They are out there, for the subjects you are passionate about as well as I. They just have to be brought to the masses. Wizardman 00:18, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
- Based on my understanding of your abrupt departure, it seems you burnt out on CCI work. While I appreciate the value of what you were doing, you probably did it too much, and too hard. Content creation is where it's at, my man. Maybe you could find a happy medium between content creation and admin duties, somehow. – Muboshgu (talk) 16:16, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
- I agree with Muboshgu, best to resign from the tools and focus on content, go online and chat Secret account 17:32, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
- It was a treat, seeing John Cline (talk) 16:04, 8 March 2014 (UTC) Wizardman. I hope you are well, and that you never forget that so many of us remember you with fondness and esteem. I wish only the best for you and those you love; in all things. I consider myself fortunate to have know you, and privileged to have observed your fine example. Sincerely!—
Some stroopwafels for you!
|Here's some stroopwafels for on the road. They keep for a week or so (hint: put them on top of your coffee cup to soften them up a bit). I have enjoyed working with you, and the project will be the poorer with your absence. Take care, and happy trails. (I'm really a bit shocked but I'm playing it cool, haha.) All the best! Drmies (talk) 02:51, 10 March 2014 (UTC)|
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Sorry I missed this earlier. Just a quick note to congratulate you on the promotion of Billy Joe Tolliver to FA status recently. If you would like to see this (or any other FA) appear as "Today's featured article" soon, please nominate it at the requests page; if you'd like to see an FA on a particular date in the next year or so, please add it to the "pending" list. In the absence of a request, the article may end up being picked at any time (although with 1,326 articles in Category:Featured articles that have not appeared on the main page at present, there's no telling how long – or short! – the wait might be). If you'd got any TFA-related questions or problems, please let me know. BencherliteTalk 10:38, 10 March 2014 (UTC)