The overwhelming majority of Wikimedians work only on one or two projects. I don't think Meta is a good place to memorialize them; in many cases, Meta is a project they have never gone to, where they are mostly unknown, and it is disconnected in almost all cases from the project where the deceased editor worked and called home. Their home project(s) or projects where they have made significant contributions are the best place to recognize them.  There are a few Wikimedians who have worked at what may be considered the "global" level - which includes many people on this list - who might be recognized, in addition, on Meta or through a blog post or similar. 

Certainly, most of the contributions of our deceased colleagues are, in fact, preserved forever in the edit histories of the content areas in which they have worked.  Those who do not participate in content creation/management or on any of the projects...I really don't know where they would best be memorialized. 

I do know that the memorial messages on SlimVirgin/SarahSV's English Wikipedia user talk page have been a great comfort to her family, and I'd encourage anyone who would like to leave a message of condolence to do so there. 


On Wed, 12 May 2021 at 05:21, Željko Blaće <> wrote:
Hey Folx -
I am new to the list and relatively new to organizing in this spectrum and context. My work is mainly in bringing queer, but also feminist, green and
other progressive practices (mostly to troubled Croatian Wikipedia,
but also in the region and trans-locally to peers elsewhere).

Leigh thanks for the honest update and I am sorry to hear of email losses,
as well as happy to hear of recovery of control due to tech update :-)
Dysfunctional Croatian language mailing list still needs to recover control.

I am very sorry to hear of losses of so many Wikimedians and though I did not know them, their work as volunteers should maybe at least systematically saved and presented for the collective memory of the movement.

I feel that corporate social media silos do not support that well (as there is little value to extract there), so self hosting and preserving information, knowledge, expressions and impressions should be organized in some way.

I wonder if there is already an established way on META or elsewhere to keep track of people who contributed to the movement and specifically to causes like the people you mentioned here. If not maybe it makes sense to start something.

Best Z. Blace

On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 10:45 AM Marielle Volz <> wrote:
Welcome back!
Just to piggyback on this post, I'd also like to let people know that we've recently lost two editors who were a significant part of working on content gaps.
Flyer22, who made significant contributions to articles on women's health, died in January:

And just recently, SlimVirgin (Sarah), who among her many significant contributions overall, also founded the Gender Gap Task Force in 2013 and wrote an essay on how to write about women on Wikipedia:

On Mon, May 10, 2021 at 9:34 PM Leigh Honeywell <> wrote:
Hey folks! it's been a while.

The Gendergap mailing list just got migrated to Mailman 3, which means I now have my admin access back (I'd lost access to the previous system and hadn't had a chance to restore it for... several years.)

The list had been set to new posters being moderated, which resulted in a number of messages being caught and I wasn't able to release them. Unfortunately those messages didn't survive the migration, but I've adjusted the moderation settings and going forward new messages should go through.

I've adjusted the list description to be a bit more concise: it is now "Addressing gender equity and exploring ways to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects."

This part is sad, but as a heads up and for transparency's sake:
I also went ahead and removed Kevin as an Owner/Moderator of the list as I don't know who now controls his former email accounts. For those who had missed his passing, there is a lovely tribute to his life and work on the Signpost:

Hope that everyone has been keeping well through this difficult time, and I look forward to seeing more activity on this list in the future with the new Mailman migration.

All the best,


Leigh Honeywell
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