Contents 1 Retirement 2 Semi-retirement 3 Tools used in retiring 4 See also 4.1 Essays

Retirement[edit] Retirement is just another way of saying that a user has permanently left Wikipedia. Users generally retire due to either a loss of interest in contributing to Wikipedia, out of necessity due to personal reasons, or a combination of those factors. Personal reasons for retiring may include starting a new job, going off to college or otherwise experiencing a life-changing event that will no longer allow the person to contribute in the foreseeable future. If a user expects their personal life to temporarily interfere with their Wikipedia activity, they may want to consider using one of the many wikibreak templates as opposed to a retirement one. Complete loss of interest in Wikipedia, on the other hand, might come naturally, but it more often results from one or many negative experiences on Wikipedia. These experiences might be bitter disputes, harsh review at an RfA, being blocked or partially banned, being desysopped etc. Regardless of the reason, declaring retirement (rather than silently leaving) can be seen as an "official" statement that a user does not intend to return; thus, unnecessary future attempts at communication can be averted.

Semi-retirement[edit] Shortcut WP:SEMIRETIRE Semi-retirement is similar to retirement, but it means that the user has become less active instead of completely inactive. What this means can vary widely; one semi-retired editor who previously made thousands of edits per month may only make a few hundred, while another semi-retired editor may only drop by to edit every couple of months. Regardless, the point is that communication with a semi-retired editor is still possible, though they may take a very long time to respond.

Tools used in retiring[edit] {{Retired}} and {{Semi-retired}} – Templates users place on their user page to announce their status as retired. {{User EX-WP}} – Userbox that serves the same purpose as the above templates. {{Not around}} – A template that can be placed on the talk pages of users who have been gone from Wikipedia for a long time (with no "official" retirement). {{Can't retire}} – Used for users who want to retire but can't stay away from Wikipedia. {{Considering retirement}} – For users who are considering retirement, and may or may not do so.

See also[edit] Right to vanish – additional, optional rights that a user has when retiring in order to make their account "vanish". Missing Wikipedians – a list of Wikipedians who have permanently left. Essays[edit] meatball:GoodBye – On sincere and insincere departures in response to conflict WP:Tired – What one might do when one is simply tired of it all. Leave gracefully - If you choose to leave the project, do so in a graceful and dignified fashion Don't template the retirees - Respect retirement, consider the effects of automated tools on editors who have left User:Only/On retiring - An older (circa 2008) essay on retiring. User:Fir0002/Retirement - An explanation by an established editor on why they chose to retire. WP:WPBROKEN - An detailed essay on perceived problems with Wikipedia, by another established editor who retired. WP:BURNOUT - Some editors and admins just get burnt out. v t e Wikipedia accounts and governance Unregistered (IP) users Why create an account? Create an account Request an account IPs are human too IP addresses are not people IP hopper Registered users New account Logging in Reset passwords Username policy Changing username Usernames for administrator attention Unified login or SUL Alternate account Account security Password strength requirements User account security Personal security practices Two-factor authentication Simple 2FA 2FA for AWB Committed identity On privacy, confidentiality and discretion Compromised accounts Blocks, global locks, bans, sanctions Blocking policy FAQ Admins guide Tools Autoblock Appealing a block Guide to appealing blocks UTRS Unblock Ticket Request System Blocking IP addresses Range blocks IPv6 Open proxies Global locks Banning policy ArbCom appeals Sanctions Personal sanctions General sanctions Discretionary sanctions and Log Essay Long-term abuse Standard offer Related to accounts Sock puppetry Single-purpose account Sleeper account Vandalism-only account Wikibreak Enforcer Retiring Courtesy vanishing Clean start Quiet return User groups and global user groups Requests for permissions Admin instructions Admin guide Account creator PERM Autopatrolled PERM AutoWikiBrowser PERM Confirmed PERM Extended confirmed PERM Edit filter helper File mover PERM Mass message sender PERM New page reviewer PERM Page mover PERM Pending changes reviewer PERM Rollback PERM Template editor PERM IP-block-exempt Requests Courses access Requests Bot accounts Requests Global rights policy OTRS Volunteer Response Team Advanced user groups Administrators RfA Bureaucrats RfB Edit filter manager Requests CheckUser and Oversight Requests Founder Committees and related Arbitration Committee Mediation Committee Bot approvals group Functionaries Clerks Governance Administration FAQ Formal organization Editorial oversight and control Quality control Wikimedia Foundation Board Founder's seat Meta-Wiki Leadership opportunities WikiProjects Elections Policies and guidelines Unbundling administrators' powers Petitions Noticeboards Consensus Dispute resolution Reforms Retrieved from "" Categories: Wikipedia information pages

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