Two members of the not-for-profit Wikimedia Foundation, which manages the Wikipedia website, have resigned their posts.
Danny Wool, the second in command at Wikimedia under founder Jimmy Wales, and Brad Patrick, the organisation’s general counsel and interim executive director, both announced their resignations late last week in emails to the organisation's mailing list. Patrick had tendered his resignation to the board of the foundation earlier in the month but opted to publicly announce it on Thursday.
Neither executive disclosed the reasons for their resignations in the emails, nor did they respond to requests for comment.
"This community understands implicitly that people of goodwill can (and do) have strong differences of opinion about important matters," Patrick wrote. "It is my earnest hope that everyone who cares about the foundation, but has concerns about what is happening at the Foundation now, will say so. This community is strongest when it is vocal, not silent."
Wool noted in his email that he plans to run for a position on the board of trustees of the foundation in June.
"At that time, I will make known my position on how the Wikimedia Foundation should operate and what mistakes I perceive are being made at present," Wool wrote.
"So let's leave the gossip and second-guessing behind us and get on with the real task at hand -- building the largest and most reliable repository of knowledge ever created."
Wool noted that he plans to remain an active editor on various projects at the foundation.
The resignations come on the heels of the unmasking high-profile editor at Wikipedia who had posed as a professor of religious studies but was really a 24-year-old college student who had fabricated his credentials.