Good day, wikimedia advocates,
Since September 30, 2022, I’ve served as the moderator for the “Invest in Skills and Leadership Development” category of this forum. I take pride in being the first volunteer moderator for this forum and, quite possibly, its first ever volunteer user. It brings me great joy to note that my post still remains among the top ten all-time most engaged posts in this forum.
My primary driving force behind joining and leading this forum in some capacity, was to create a safe space for all, to introduce a more user friendly communication space to the wikimedia advocates - specially from the underrepresented regions, to make the complex and highly abstract movement governance topics accessible to all wikimedians, to nurture a welcoming place for everyone to discuss the future of the movement together, and to create a harmony among the volunteer leaders from all over the world and the dedicated professionals in shaping the movement’s governance landscape. I really enjoyed the time I stayed in this forum until a few months back and I loved my interactions with the wikimedia activists from all over the world.
Upon close observation of this forum’s recent developments, it has become apparent to me that we have strayed from the initial goals that guided the creation of this space. In my personal evaluation, this deviation is primarily attributable to social factors rather than technical issues, rooting from some extreme bad moves. Regrettably, these factors have contributed to a noticeable decline in forum activity, rendering it less vibrant and apparently lifeless. Consequently, I am finding it increasingly difficult to identify a compelling reason to continue serving as a moderator here. I would request the relevant people to remove the moderator rights from my account. Being a volunteer leader myself, I’m also greatly concerned with the overall state of the current MS activities, which have apparently made orphaned. I still hold a faint hope that the committed professionals tasked with supporting and shaping the Wikimedia community will place community interest, especially that of the underrepresented, at the forefront, and thus make wikimedia a better place. The team behind this forum was the best ever in wmf in terms of community engagement and understanding the needs of the underrepresented communities - kudos to them, specially who aren’t being able to continue their role being the caretaker of the distant and underrepresented communities.