It's hard to say goodbye to a community that I have been a part of for seven years. During my time as a contributor to Wikipedia, I have grown tremendously as a writer, and have added in many ways, large and small, to countless numbers of articles, and have participated in countless numbers of discussions. However, I have come to realize within the past year that I have reached both the limits of what I can accomplish within the Wikipedia community, and also the limits of my patience in interacting with other members of the Wikipedia community. Thus I feel that it is time for me to move on.
While I still believe in Wikipedia's mission to amass the sum of all human knowledge, I fear that the project may fail because the community will, over time, destroy itself due to what I perceive as constant infighting, the holding of long-term grudges by many users, and general rudeness and incivility on the part of many, which has an alienating effect on other users, both new and seasoned. As an administrator, I received more abuse than I would ever wish on anyone that is doing volunteer work, and this often extended beyond Wikipedia to my website, my Facebook, my Twitter, and my personal email, despite my best efforts to direct all Wikipedia-related inquiries back to Wikipedia. Because of this, I was never really able to escape from Wikipedia, even when using it for research, and it took a toll on me, turning what might otherwise have been an enjoyable activity into a chore, causing me to dread seeing the orange "You have new messages" bar come up, because it inevitably meant having to listen to more whining.
I soon found it increasingly difficult for me to justify to myself why I was still doing volunteer work for a project that I no longer found enjoyable. When I logged out of Wikipedia by choice and left it logged out, I soon came to realize that by not participating in Wikipedia, my stress levels went down, and I generally found myself to be much happier.
I believe that my best days are still ahead of me, but now it is time for me to forge my own path, endeavoring in new works and projects separate from those of the Wikipedia community. I wish all of you the best in your future endeavors, and perhaps our paths will cross again some day. SchuminWeb (Talk) 06:49, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
- Hate to see you go but I understand your frustration. Feel free to email or ping me if there is anything I can do. Whatever comes next, I hope you find joy in it. Dennis Brown - 2¢ © Join WER 11:49, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
- Hopefully you feel better and good luck. If you ever do decide to return, hopefully you will realize that all the "problems" associated with the project are not entirely the fault of the project and that you do have some ownership of those problems. --Malerooster (talk) 16:21, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
- Best of luck in all that you do. Thank you for devoting so much of your spare time to this voluntary project, and I am only sorry that it took such a toll on you, as to push you away. Nothing in life is perfect, and this project is far from it, as you suggest, however I hope that you feel a sense of satisfaction that you helped bring us closer to that perfection we will always chaise. Philip.t.day talk 18:18, 23 December 2012 (UTC)
- We'd still love to see you at the Wikimedia DC events, of course. :-) I hope you're enjoying the wikibreak and that you return rested when you're ready, under this name or any other. --MZMcBride (talk) 02:33, 30 March 2013 (UTC)
Two motions have been proposed and are being voted on by the Arbitation Committee which affect you. Should you wish to comment, you may add a statement to the request for arbitration. For the Arbitration Committee --Alexandr Dmitri (talk) 14:15, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
Arbitration motion regarding Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/SchuminWeb
Resolved by Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case that:at
The accepted case is hereby suspended pending SchuminWeb's return to editing. SchuminWeb is instructed not to use his administrator tools in any way until the closure of the case; doing so will be grounds for removal of his administrator userrights. Should SchuminWeb decide to resign his administrative tools, the case will be closed and no further action taken. Should SchuminWeb not return to participate in the case within three months of this motion passing, this case will be closed, and the account will be desysopped. If the tools are resigned or removed in either of the circumstances described above, restoration of the tools to SchuminWeb will require a new request for adminship.
Alright , support
Thanks for all your work to improve the en wiki project, I generally supported your careful approach on the foundations statement in regards to their copyright position - you worked hard to uphold it imo - Happy new year - Youreallycan 21:00, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
Hello, and thanks for creating this article. It's been tagged for notability. high schools are nearly always found to be notable but only if they have reliable sources. Could you please look it over and see if you can add sources? Best wishes, Boleyn (talk) 09:02, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
Meetups coming up in DC!
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Hi, my name is Monika and I'm working on a class assignment for my graduate class at American University, and I see that you are an active participant for WikiProject Washington, D.C. I would like to get some guidance from you on which articles have priority on editing. But more specifically which articles are lacking the multimedia element. Any help would be great. Thanks. OkMonika (talk) 17:03, 4 February 2014 (UTC)