As requested in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Gather/Gather_RFC_proposal_-_February_2016 we should immediately disable the public facing aspects of Gather.
"This will address (in the short term) the objectionable features of Gather related to moderation, encyclopedic content and image copyright. We believe that is a compromise that balances the objections from community members while maintaining value for the users of Collections."
Note: This is not seen as a final response to the RFC which is still occurring on wiki.
Nota bene: the following proposal has failed. It has been rejected by the community.
See also: T127509