User talk:Philippe (WMF)

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NB - this was sent to the community via wikimedia-l, at

Dear friends,

Six years is a long time. Over the last six years, I've been privileged to be a part of so many things with you. And I'm proud of what we've done together. For the last six years, I've been a part of things that will excite me until the day that I die - the things that, together, we did in service of that phrase - "the sum of human knowledge" - were magical. I'll never forget them, and I've been honored to be a part of this movement.

But it's time for me to move on.

As many of you know, for the last couple of years, I've struggled with my health. I've come to the unpleasant realization that for my own good, I need to step back and focus on healing, and then look around for new and exciting opportunities.

When Sue left, she said that her decision process included looking around and taking stock of the people and the condition of the Foundation, and asking herself "Is it safe? If I leave, is it safe?" and when she knew it was, she began to consider the idea.

I've been doing the same, obviously focused on projects and programs that are important to me. And I look around and I know that with the contributors that we have - brilliant, dedicated, passionate people.... and the staff that we have - dynamic, talented, devoted, and fearless.... it's safe. So it's time for me to move on, and to leave it to them.

As a housekeeping note: I've agreed with Luis that I'll be available until 9/15, though I'll be out on medical leave, so may be slow to answer questions. If I owe you something, please remind me so that we can get it properly assigned out.

You can all reach out to me at any time... and any time I see you will be a celebration.

With my deepest affection,

Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 07:05, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

  • I'm shocked and deeply saddened by this news. Rest assured you will be missed. My hopes for a speedy and full recovery, and please keep editing Wikipedia, and let us know how you are doing. Best wishes always, Jusdafax 07:53, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Terribly sorry to hear about the health issues, and wish you a rapid recovery. Your work here is appreciated. -Gerard / NE Ent 00:02, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Thank you for all your work, for all your understanding, for all your help. Keep in touch. Smallbones(smalltalk) 03:15, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I am greatly saddened by this news, but I do realise that there comes a time when everyone must move on. I would like to thank you for all the help and support you provided to some of the major projects I have worked on - you have no idea how important your occasional encouragement meant to me. Proud moments were when I was able to briefly say 'Hi!' when our paths crossed in the corridors of various Wikimanias. Thank you Phillipe, and all the best for your health and future endeavours. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 03:42, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm sorry to see you go, but take care of your health first. Thanks for all your help in the past. --Rschen7754 22:37, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

Invitation to subscribe to the edit filter mailing list[edit]

Hi, as a user in the edit filter manager user group we wanted to let you know about the new wikipedia-en-editfilters mailing list. As part of our recent efforts to improve the use of edit filters on the English Wikipedia it has been established as a venue for internal discussion by edit filter managers regarding private filters (those only viewable by administrators and edit filter managers) and also as a means by which non-admins can ask questions about hidden filters that wouldn't be appropriate to discuss on-wiki. As an edit filter manager we encourage you to subscribe; the more users we have in the mailing list the more useful it will be to the community. If you subscribe we will send a short email to you through Wikipedia to confirm your subscription, but let us know if you'd prefer another method of verification. I'd also like to take the opportunity to invite you to contribute to the proposed guideline for edit filter use at WP:Edit filter/Draft and the associated talk page. Thank you! Sam Walton (talk) and MusikAnimal talk 18:22, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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