User talk:Dennis Brown

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I'm done. 61,000 edits, 13 years, 7 as admin. The events around Fram controversy have proven without a doubt that the tide has shifted. My discussion with the CEO has proven it is a figurehead position with no authority, crafted by the Foundation Board for fundraising and nothing more. I'm sure she is good at that, but that doesn't help the community. This was never about Fram, whom I'm not fond of, it was about autonomy and equality. We've lost that fight. You will hear a lot of words and promises, but don't be fooled. I've participated in this for longer than is healthy, which is why it is better to just walk away. Thanks to all that deserve it, and to everyone else, I wish you receive from life that that which you so richly deserve. - Dennis Brown


Please read the statement on my user page. Thank you. - dennis

Thank you ...[edit]

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... for your recent activities, such as the precise description for Geni, - have some flowers of appreciation, - wild, as you referred to the Wild West on your user page. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:30, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

If ignorance were a virtue...[edit]

I'd be collecting their toe nail clippings as holy relics. -Ad Orientem (talk) 02:24, 30 June 2019 (UTC)

From the silent majority, you are doing great Denis, and are consistently on point in articulating the voice of the community. Same for Ad Orientem and all those others that have protested; wiki admins are at last the coolest, most upstanding, principled internet mod guys and gals in town. Ceoil (talk) 05:22, 30 June 2019 (UTC)
+1. I feel confident remaining silent when I've had you, Dennis, as well as AO and others advocating for the community. Chris Troutman (talk) 13:44, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2019[edit]

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And another administrator has bit the dust. It's been nice working with you and you have shown a lot of integrity and vigilance as an editor and an administrator for over 12-and-a-half years (a few months longer than me, in fact).

As much as we need to retain editors at WP:RETENTION, your decision to retire is the correct one. Wikipedia can be very addicting, so I wish you a relatively painless retirement. The door is always open so if you change your mind, you can always come back in about a month. Farewell and Vaya con Dios. Lord Sjones23 (talk - contributions) 10:37, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

Goodbye and thank you, and best wishes for post-wikipedia life. Sad times. PamD 21:52, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

Thank you Dennis. Take good care of yourself. starship.paint (talk) 06:54, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

Go with God my friend. This is becoming a true annus horribilis. -Ad Orientem (talk) 16:16, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

I may be close behind you. But I'm holding on for now for several reasons, not least because I feel a sense of responsibility to work through this with the Committee. SilkTork (talk) 16:33, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

Sorry to see you go Dennis. In the words of the Black Knight, I'm sure "It's just a flesh wound." Martinevans123 (talk) 16:34, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

I've always found you to be a voice of reason and beacon of hope, Dennis. I'm demotivated to hear of resignations such as your, and can only hope that there is some substance behind the statements from the board of trustees, Katherine Maher, and Jimmy Wales that will lead to positive outcomes. I wish you well in your journey, and hope that it may lead you back here some time in the future.- MrX 🖋 15:11, 4 July 2019 (UTC)

I won't join others in wishing you'd come back. I'd rather congratulate you for coming to your senses and getting out before things get worse (and they likely will if history here is any guide). There are other, better ways to contribute to the "sum of all world knowledge" or whatever, and many of them actually involve sitting down face to face with people. It's a far more rewarding way to spend your free time. Intothatdarkness 15:54, 4 July 2019 (UTC)

Dennis, Thank you for your help over the years. I'm sad that you have come to this decision and hope you will eventually reconsider? Nonetheless, you have my enduring respect and friendship. As ever, David, David J Johnson (talk) 19:29, 4 July 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for everything you've done here Dennis, I hope one day you'll return but in the meantime take care and I wish you all the very best, Dave (talk). 20:07, 4 July 2019 (UTC)

Hope you come back when the dust settles, God knows when. enWP is losing its heart, which (alas) will only become evident in the future. Miniapolis 22:40, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – August 2019[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – September 2019[edit]

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