Like so many others, I was blown away by wikistats. I can’t begin to count
the number of times I turned to it in my years at the WMF. And it goes
without saying that Erik was an exemplary colleague, and a true gentleman.
Enjoy your well earned retirement.
On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 9:27
When I saw the Wikistats the very first time in mid 2000 (?) I was very
impressed. After meeting with Erik, I respected the project and him even more.
The impact of the Wikistats to researchers and students around the world, but
also to the open data movement in general, has been
It's been an incredible honor to work with you as a colleague and a
volunteer. Thank you for the stats and all the conversations about
categories, topics, languages, ..., but even more so for showing me
the path and the purpose, time after time. I will dearly miss you in
Thank you for your work!
When I first came across Wikistats, it completely blew my mind. Such a
huge collection of raw data turned into digestible information. It's
amazing, stunning, and above all: enlightening.
I've spent countless hours digging through Wikistats in awe.
Given that this is a long email: there is an action item in the 5th
bullet point below for the language communities who want to
participate in the next iteration of the study. If you are interested
to have your language included in the study, we need a response by
From the early days until now, your quiet leadership and excellence have been a
great credit to the organization and most importantly, your leadership by
example has been an inspiration to untold numbers of people. But, actually,
it’s not untold numbers because of your work! You tell it
I have always enjoyed Erik's insightful input - especially the insights
that people don't like to hear at first. I trust that much more of that is
to come in the future, so I'm not ready to say farewells :). I wouldn't be
able to accurately summarize it anyway.
Erik, I hope that you'll find a lot
Thanks for your work, Erik. I hope that we will see you in the future.
This is the first time that I can recall hearing about a person retiring
from WMF. Volunteer retirements and semi-retirements happen regularly, and
the reasons that I hear for those retirements are often sad. It's nice to
“[R]ecent revisions of an article can be peeled off to reveal older layers,
which are still meaningful for historians. Even graffiti applied by vandals
can by its sheer informality convey meaningful information, just like
historians learned a lot from graffiti on walls of classic Pompei. Likewise
I guess... probably one include also the majority of Kosovo, Albanian-speaking
regions of Greece, P.Y.R.O.M./North Macedonia and maybe even Southern Italy and
the other one is just centered on Albania as a state. This is not the same
scenario as Brazil (not sure if, partially, also Greece)
Just to close off this thread, there seemingly is no plan and others are
left to deal with the fallout of this decision.
On Tue, 12 Jun 2018 at 08:23, Paulo Santos Perneta
> Hi Kirill,
> I join Philip and Mardetanha on their concerns and questions. Having
> followed closely the Brazil
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