This user is, of their own volition, no longer active on Wikimedia Commons.
It is a preposterous notion, retiring because I spoke the truth and defended the innocent from unbecoming behavior, but alas, here we are. If I am going to be true to myself, then I am going to walk this path because I am tired of wasting my breath opposing endless bigotry, hypocrisy, immaturity, and irrationality. I neither regret anything I have done, nor do I feel the need to apologize for anything I have done. I am just glad that I stood up and did the right thing, even when nobody else would or cared, and that makes all the difference to me.
I have said it before, and I will say it again: the problem, is not with the WMF, policies/guidelines, or individual editors, but rather it is with the contagious witch-hunt mentality of the community. I know, it is easy, and even fun to single an editor out, ostracize them, seduce the masses with promises of drama, and freely harass and attack that poor soul without fear of either penalty or retribution. It is during such times (and even in general) that we have a tendency to focus on the negative and overlook the positive. Outstanding contributions are rewarded with silence, and mistakes, however minute or well-intentioned, are met hostility and contempt. The thing most people fail to understand is that there is a real person reading these insults and experiencing this reckless hatred on the receiving end. Throughout my tenure here, I have seen countless editors, from IP editors to bureaucrats, say things or insult others in ways that they would dare not have in real life.
As these WMF projects mature, truth and impartiality have never been more important as applied to community matters. It is unfortunate seeing those who care for fairness and objectivity ignored, silenced, or worse, departed. These fanciful biases, resentments, and grudges have the power to push one to poison others, distort the truth, and sacrifice everything that one once knew and cared about in a twisted crusade to exact spurious vengeance against one’s foe. And all to what benefit? Victor or loser, each party, whether they know it or not, always pays a terrible price.
I know that Wikimedians are not only capable of beautiful, amazing things, but also capable of foul, horrible things; regrettably, these last few years I have seen more foul, horrible things than beautiful, amazing things. I have often watched, silently and bitterly, as Wikimedian after Wikimedian, friend after friend, and valuable contributor after valuable contributor departed the community at an ever increasing rate, always wondering if we, as a community, would ever find our way back in that warm, supportive, collegial atmosphere that once reigned supreme. Given the present path and current state of affairs, I believe that these WMF projects are headed towards ruin through mob-mentality and infighting. The project is ill, very ill, and I fear for its future.
It has been over seven years since I started editing WMF projects, and I reckon I have contributed more than my fair share of weekends, sweat, and effort to these projects by now. Nonetheless, it has been an excellent run, and I want to personally thank each and every one of you who made it so enjoyable (you know who you are) to edit that I had to return day after day. I am certain that when I look back, I will definitely remember all the good times, as overall this has been a very positive experience. However, I do not plan on returning, and unfortunately, this is also a promise, and, as some of you probably know, I am very good at following through with commitments. So if these projects still have a shot (no matter how big or how small) at a bright future, then I trust that those of you who remain and still care to make a difference will do your very best to make said future a reality :)
Take care friends, and until we meet again,
FASTILY 03:40, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
- Hi Fastily, we were in opposite sides in many matters like the URAA issue. I had complained earlier against your actions in AN/U in matters you're well involved. On the other side I saw you were very helpful in handling newbies without biting, speedy response in UNDEL, etc. I believe the current case were you overturned a block by Yann is also inappropriate as you are in conflict with Yann and considered friendly to that user in question. I think the area you failed is to control yourself and keep abstain in "en:WP:INVOLVED" matters.
- That said, I saw a lot of revenge votes in that RfA which should be avoided. And I don't believe losing two admins now make any solution to the current issue of Commons. Now this project is an anarchy where 240+ admins act as they wish and no higher authority to guide. We discussed this matter to the crats public and in list. An easy solution can be to setup an Arbcom where all crats, CUs and check-users included. They can interfere and make decisions when there is a conflict between admins.
- Anyway, it is up-to your decision if wanted a break now. I too enjoy long and short breaks in my time here. Now also in a semi-break as not involved in anything other than uploads. Have a nice time. Jee 04:41, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
- Thank you for all you have done for Commons. You are a dedicated Commonist who always goes 'why not?'. I wish you all the best. Jianhui67 talk★contribs 08:30, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
|The Hedgehog Prize|
|Estonian proverb: Something happens to he who does. Nothing happens to he who sleeps.|
+1 I also was often critical of some of your actions that seemed to be more quantity than quality, but you got a lot done and for a long time kept our queues un-backlogged. I also would like to thank you for all your work and hope you come back. Best wishes --Jarekt (talk) 19:20, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
Dear Fastily, You did a good job and made just one mistake which is already reverted. Please stay and go on with the project. I hope to see more contribs from You. --Hans Haase (talk,express talk) 20:37, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
Hey Fastily, sad to see you deleted your GitHub repository. So I was ultimately forced to decompile the work you have done. I just had a quick look over the files and already spotted a operating system user name which you probably would like to have hidden. In case you bother, please submit a patch or e-Mail me. It is possible to manipulate history, even in public GitHub repos. Perhaps you alternatively want to submit your original source code; I've seen you did a good job in documenting it. Best regards and take care -- Rillke(q?) 21:14, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
- History has been re-written. -- Rillke(q?) 06:21, 23 May 2015 (UTC)
- I still strongly encourage you to let at least other people benefit from the tests you conducted. If you now decide to trash all the code you have written, this is a little egoistic. So please publish your git repos (including full history if possible) again. -- Rillke(q?) 07:26, 23 May 2015 (UTC)