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resigning when the project takes on rules or directions they can't support and can't effectively oppose from inside
ensuring that substantial dissent (e.g. here on meta) has the power to start a new 'pedia' to compete with Wikipedia, and that there are no structural barriers to doing so (an important part of the commitment to true open content.
clearly setting the processes by which a sysop is declared a sysop (in particular on small wikipedias where a sysop has an especially important power over the others, due to the very small number of them). Granting temporary sysop status, establishing conventions for taking turns as sysops or temporary regular withdrawals of sysop powers, to avoid abuse of power without appearing to judge anyone in particular (even police have their off-duty hours, remember).