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Automatic revocation for staff

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Summary by DKinzler (WMF)

Automatic revocation at the end of employment protects the individual's privacy. No fault is implied.

Tgr (WMF) (talkcontribs)

It is WMF policy to revoke all privileges when staff members depart, even if those privileges were granted prior to the beginning of employment by virtue of volunteer work. Consistent application of this policy helps to protect the privacy of departing staff members: no fault is implied.

Automatically revoking privileges that were given as part of someone's job makes sense. Revoking privileges received as a volunteer seems pretty hostile and not a great way to encourage further volunteer contributions. I don't get the privacy reference at all. Is that about not disclosing the fact that someone might have been fired in a way that makes us not trust them with +2 any longer (and there might be legal restrictions on disclosing even that fact)?

Anomie (talkcontribs)
DKinzler (WMF) (talkcontribs)

> I don't get the privacy reference at all. Is that about not disclosing the fact that someone might have been fired in a way that makes us not trust them with +2 any longer (and there might be legal restrictions on disclosing even that fact)?

Yes, this is indeed the reason. I don't see a good way around this, especially since there is a lot of grey between "fired for bad faith behavior" and "quit because they found a nicer place".

Tgr (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Ask people to indicate whether they need the permissions in the future, let them keep it if they do, and suggest people leaving under a cloud that they should let them lapse and spare themselves the embarrassment of being specifically denied. Unless you are considering the situation where the person leaving is not trusted but unaware of it, but in that case you will probably have to deal with it anyway when they re-request them.