You are missed!Edit
Dear Durova, I was excited to see you editing here again, until I saw it was for a recurring drama.
It is good of you to come back on behalf of Ottava; I don't know whether it would be kinder to echo your thoughts or to let him find other outlets.
- Strange how people supposed I was coming back "on behalf of Ottava". That was a factual correction; it had become almost axiomatic among WMF culture that he "could not collaborate with anyone". Actually he could, and the fruits of those collaborations were a large body of highly encyclopedic contributions. Could he collaborate in that way often enough to be suitable for wiki structures?--probably not. In private conversations I had been encouraging him to retire for months. Not every talented person is the best fit for wikis.
- Likewise, wiki culture itself has shifted. Wikimedians have become too apt to draw up sides and peg people as partisans; too ready to paint all conflict with the broad brush of drama. Another doctoral candidate nervously ran Google searches after a WMF editor accused her of plagiarism: although the accusation was utterly frivolous she was very worried about the effect it might have on her prospects in a difficult job market. A professor from a major university was embarrassed at conferences after he contributed. If it must be trivialized as theatrics to suggest that it might cross the line of acceptable discourse to accuse a doctoral candidate of hallucinatory fantasies, then you can count on more people departing. I really would not recommend this place to any academic who lacks either independent wealth or tenure. Durova 23:17, 28 February 2011 (UTC)