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Aaron H. Swartz known as AaronSw on Wikipedia
Departed January 11, 2013

"I just can't believe someone so brilliant is gone so soon." /ƒETCHCOMMS/

This is an irreconcilable loss for humanity! We were fortunate to share his association, and as stewards, responsible to adopt his endeavors into our care, and conservancy. RIP (condolences)

Interested editors may display this honor by adding {{User:AaronSw/Honor}}


Rest in peace, Aaron Swartz. We promise, we'll never forget your contributions!
  • So long Aaron, there were so many things I'd like to have ranted to you about. I wonder if you ever read Beneath the Wheel. I'm reminded of it now. Lessig's tumblr post[1] says things better than I could. You were a true idealist and the world is a worse place without you. (talk) 21:25, 12 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace, Aaron. Kiefer.Wolfowitz 23:48, 12 January 2013 (UTC)
  • So sorry to read this news. Requiescat in pace. Iselilja (talk) 00:05, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I am saddened at this news, the human family is diminished by your absence; but enhanced by the gifts of your legacy. RIP, --My76Strat (talk) 00:27, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I did not know you, but from what I read, you are a great loss to the project. My condolences to the family.--Wehwalt (talk) 02:04, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I just cant believe it, I don't want to. Rest in Peace Aaron, you will be missed old pal. House1090 02:15, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • A huge loss, rest in peace. Jujutacular (talk) 03:45, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I always admired your ideas about Wikipedia and your many other contributions to other things. Rest in peace, and my condolences to your family. JYolkowski // talk 03:57, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I am only a minor editor and contributor, but I regret the passing of such a brilliant mind such as I hope to live up to. Farewell, Aaron.Anon423 (talk) 04:18, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • There are some people that the world shouldn't lose, and can't replace. The work goes on, but it's a little more difficult, a little heavier. I just can't believe someone so brilliant is gone so soon. /ƒETCHCOMMS/ 04:45, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Maturity of your thoughts about freedom are more than admirable. RIP Aaron. -- Samkit (Talk/Contributions) 06:55, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Thank you aroan for your valuable contributions to a free world! Deepest condolence --Adv.tksujith (talk) 08:46, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Condolences to all who knew this young man. Clearly a loss to the Wikipedia community. NoeticaTea? 09:50, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Deepest condolences to family and friends, RIP Aaron Hughesdarren (talk) 10:58, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Aaron, without your work on RSS, Reddit and Demand Progress, a lot of what we take for granted now would not have been possible. You were a great person for your work, and also your activism and voluntary work here on WP. The world really doesn't know what it has until it loses it. You were one of those gems. Rest in peace, the world bows down to you. Osarius - Want a chat? 11:14, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • The Internet has lost a friend and an ally, and the world has lost another brilliant mind. Rest in peace. May your soul find happiness. James (TC) • 10:19pm 11:19, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • My condolences. The death of any one who pursues an improvement to the world, is an untimely death. In your achievements we will seat your memory. Farewell. Hal100 (talk) 11:21, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • We never crossed paths on the project, and it is quite unfortunate considering I have read so much good things about you in recent times. Such a talented person on the project. You are in a much better place, and will be forever missed, forever loved, and forever young. Thank you for your time and work here on the project. My sincerest condolences and thoughts go out to people who knew Aaron. — MS†AR 11:23, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • The world has lost someone who made a difference :( Turkeyphant 13:14, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Respect — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 14:41, January 13, 2013
  • I'm only now starting to realize that I owe much of what I value online to your work. And to think, you were a fellow Wikipedian too! Truly gone too soon...--Danaman5 (talk) 15:01, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Aaron had too big a sense of justice for this world, and this world destroyed him.--Nemo 16:06, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • May we do you proud. Ave atque vale, friend. Danger High voltage! 16:35, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • My heart sank when I heard this news. The world, not only this website, has lost a great contributor. May we all learn something from this and not inflict such injustice on others like you. (talk) 16:48, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I met Aaron at Wikimania 2006. His work in our community went far beyond his edits (though, there were those too). We will miss him a great deal, and I so wish we had known him longer. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 17:03, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Rest in Peace (talk) 17:06, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • All supporters of free and open information exchange will miss you. *Dan T.* (talk) 17:39, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Only crossed paths a few times, but I still am deeply thankful for the work you've done. You will be missed. The Undead Never Die (talk) 18:16, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Thanks, Aaron, for your work and inspiration. -- Daniel Mietchen - WiR/OS (talk) 19:00, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • The internet community has lost a great friend and supporter --Guerillero | My Talk 19:15, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • With sadness and condolences.(olive (talk) 19:36, 13 January 2013 (UTC))
  • For freedom, his heart was strong. He will be remembered for many things. Most of which were given free. May All who held him dear be pacified. -- ibrahim(talk to me) Ibrahimlawal (talk) 19:40, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • אב הרחמים (translation from Hebrew, Father of Mercy) :o( --Jan eissfeldt (talk) 20:19, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Unterstützte das freie Wissen und bezahlte mit einem jungen Leben. (translation from German, Paid with his young life for supporting free knowledge) --Schlesinger (talk) 20:22, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Aaron, words cannot express my sadness. You truly inspired me. The world has lost a great mind. Jonathan Stokes (talk) 20:25, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Requiescat in pace. We miss you too. -- (talk) 21:16, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • --Aschmidt (talk) 21:31, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I can't put my sadness into words. You inspired so many and sacrificed so much for the cause of free knowledge. This loss will not be in vain, the movement will continue, and you will always be remembered. CT Cooper · talk 21:34, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • You have new messages... --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 22:05, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Be at peace now, ok. May your memory be eternal. In sorrow with condolences. Fylbecatulous talk 22:28, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Rescias in pace. —DerHexer (Talk) 00:00, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • It's unbelievable what you have given the world and it's ungraspable how you left the world. -- πϵρήλιο 00:20, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Go ahead. --Pequod76 (talk-ita.esp.eng) 02:00, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Sad. Thoughts and condolences to all who loved Aaron. Alanscottwalker (talk) 02:16, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • My heart grieves for you Aaron, and today I feel ashamed to call myself brother counsel to those who persecuted you. SWATJester Shoot Blues, Tell VileRat! 08:42, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • The first time I encountered you, Aaron, I was only 15. And today, after a very long journey, I can truly say you were one of my Wikipedian role models. Though I have never met you personally, and I know now that I never will, all I can share now are my condolences at your untimely passing. You have given more to this movement than many of us have, and for that I am eternally grateful. Somehow, I can only hope that we will continue your legacy: whatever work you left behind, we hope to complete it for you. And somehow, I hope you'll be smiling down upon us as we continue your fight. For that, and for so many other things, maraming salamat (thank you very much). --Sky Harbor (talk) 10:53, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Your life and work are (and always will be) an inspiration and a critic, for all of us. Thank you. Aubrey (talk) 11:06, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • It's a shame, you fought for freedom, for free knowledge and thought. You were killed by the system, a system imprisoned in this stupid money-hunger, ignorant and coward. Rest in peace, hero.--Nick1915 (talk) 12:22, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • The work you did was fantastic, and I remember smiling at the... shall we say, 'ingenuity' of your methods. I'll remember you. Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry (Message me) 13:07, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace. --N KOziTalk 13:32, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • That you died makes me feel unsafe and makes me fear for the safety of others in my community. Circumstances created by bad people's opposition to good things caused your death, and you died while doing good things that bad people did not want you to do. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:12, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • -- southgeist (talk) 14:26, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • --Kellerkind (talk) 14:46, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • mourning your loss as if we really knew you. RIP --Elitre (talk) 15:08, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Вічна пам'ять, Українці також сумують. (translation from Ukrainian, You are forever remembered as we also mourn in the Ukraine) Ukrainian memorial --Perohanych (talk) 16:05, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Repose en paix (Rest in peace) Mike Coppolano (talk) 18:22, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Thank you for everything that you did - I am at a loss for the right words to express how much your premature departure saddens me. You will be missed. --Varnent (talk)(COI) 19:24, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • If only we could have warned you, to know threats of "35 years" in chains were hollow, to know the meaning of "Unchained Melody" instead. In my prayers, Wikid77 (talk) 19:39, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • A true Inspiration to all of us here. :( --Pouyana (talk) 20:19, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • It's a real shame Aaron was driven to this action. At least his pain is over, but I hate to see it happen this way. My condolences go out to his family; losing someone you love like this is just awful. You're in our hearts today. Peyre (talk) 21:05, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • What a tragic loss. May his memory be for a blessing. Baruch Dayan ha-Emet. David in DC (talk) 21:42, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Thank you for all your work for humanity, Aaron. Let your spirit live in the free knowledge community. Rescias in pace. odder (talk) 23:05, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
  • RIP. You were awesome and so was RSS. --Kangaroopowah 01:09, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Goodbye, Aaron Swartz. We'll miss you for your contributions to Wikipedia and the internet. RIP. :( --iXavier [talk|edits|logs] 02:22, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
  • This generation's America may need to make do without its great men and its great hopes for the future, without the Franklins and Jeffersons and Madisons we have lost; perhaps our hopes must now reside in such peaceful mediocrity as can be won through the resolve of lesser men appreciative of the realities of war. Wnt (talk) 05:15, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
  • A very great loss for the ever-threatened cause of freedom. Hopefully your death will inspire others to take courage and continue your work. Tom Reedy (talk) 05:24, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Thank you. :( Conny (talk) 10:59, 15 January 2013 (UTC).
  • Goodbye my friend, I will miss you and your writings. (talk) 20:57, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Once copyright was intended to promote progress. Now allegements of copyright infringement were instrumental in the killing of a promoter of progress. --WolfgangRieger (talk) 23:56, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
  • "The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long." Requiescas in pace, praeliator. VanIsaacWS Vexcontribs 00:44, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
  • If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. DaemonDice (talk) 03:35, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
  • RIP Aaron. Though we never met, you touched my life. We will not forget you, and hope to carry on your legacy. Adam Kriesberg (talk) 04:26, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Farewell and Rest in Peace, Aaron. Lord Sjones23 (talk - contributions) 05:49, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I never knew you on WP but I have great admiration for what you did in RL. Your principled stands, putting the needs of humanity over the twisted whims of corporate interests, will be your legacy: an inspiration to those who carry on. Rivertorch (talk) 07:11, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Farewell, Aaron. You change the Internet. SpartacksCompatriot 13:49, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Aaron, I might never heard about you before you were gone, but reading about your case and about your life, one cannot be silent, but wonder why such fate befell such person who always give relentlessly and didn't asking anything in return. My condolences for the family of Aaron. Hope God give them strength in this calamity. With pray and sympathy Bennylin (talk) 14:16, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
  • My prayers and condolences are with the family. Tahnk you Aaron for your service to the Wikipedia community-RFD (talk) 16:39, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
  • A shared calendar for memorials for Aaron. If you know of one, @jdunck on twitter.
  • Pleae accept my sympathies for your loss. So sad that we have lost such a genius. Bearian (talk) 18:47, 16 January 2013 (UTC) P.S. You are in my prayers. Bearian (talk) 18:50, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
  • RIP Aaron. --Jackrs 22:00, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I am heartbroken and wish I could have given you support when you needed it. I hope that we can carry on that work you began and contribute to the goals you dreamed of. -Darouet (talk) 03:27, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
  • RIP Aaron. --Yzyzsun (talk) 12:32, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Irreameabilis unda. Kameraad Pjotr (talk) 22:46, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Goodbye supernova! Burnt bright and burnt short. It's always sad to lose a Wikipedian, and the way he went is about as sad as it gets. -- Ohconfucius ping / poke 01:58, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
  • RIP. May God bless you. --Dede2008 (talk) 13:09, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
  • --Brutus Brummfuß (talk) 14:41, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I had no idea that Aaron was an editor on Wikipedia. Damn... we lost a good one. Rest in peace. Kurtis (talk) 04:54, 19 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace. Gerard W (NE Ent)15:23, 19 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Very, very sad. „With enough of us, around the world, we'll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we'll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?“ (A.S. in 2008) --Blogotron (talk) 06:33, 20 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I'll offer a candle to Ganges in March for you..RIP --Lebd (talk) 17:02, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
  • May peace be upon him,It's really sad,we lost a nice wikipedian in young age.Prayers for him---zeeyanketu talk to me 10:07, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Rest in Peace. May the world see more of/like you. -- ɑηsuмaη ʈ ᶏ ɭ Ϟ 23:16, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
  • RIP --Rafael Wiki (talk) 12:56, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
  • A tragic loss. History will judge you kindly. Miniapolis 22:23, 25 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I haven't known him, but I feel like I have done. Like a friend, so it feels to me. Rest in Peace, Aaron. Ruhe in Frieden. My deepest condolences to his family, his partner and friends of Aaron, I feel with you. I'm so sorry. It's a big loss, for all of us. In deep sorrow, --#Reaper (talk) 22:47, 25 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Great loss. Heartfelt thanks for everything, Aaron. Time and History will do justice to you. Jacopo Werther iγ∂ψ=mψ 11:54, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
  • The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations.--Demostene119 (talk) 18:03, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
  • RIP--Isa Blake (talk) 18:16, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I have just learnt this big loss. And believe me I am so sorry, although I have not known you. I will always remember your beatiful face.Egeymi (talk) 23:32, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Thank you: you have left an inspiring legacy. Dsp13 (talk) 00:43, 30 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace, comrade. We've lost a very respectable figure that has done so much to defend our rights to gain knowledge, online. May this legacy embody us all. hmssolent\Let's convene 10:57, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
  • My Gosh you were so young. I didn't know you while you were alive but somehow it is still extremely heartrending that you've left this world! May you rest in everlasting peace! Mr T(Talk?) (New thread?) 06:00, 22 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Rest in Peace Mr. Swartz. We all don't know why but I know you know why. Well, in behalf, we wish here in Wikipedia for you to have a great and better journey in your new life now with other people you once lived with. Mediran (tc) 11:31, 22 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Le mie più sentite condoglianze. Rest in peace! --0ne, Two, Three (talk) 15:32, 23 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Never's too late to show condolences, such a talented man. Rest in peace. --Watquaza (talk) 03:48, 8 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace, comrade. Dorimi (talk) 01:40, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Unfortunate! Hope there is a Wikipedia in the heaven too where you'll be able to continuing editing! Rest in peace! My condolences to your friends and family members! In Wikipedia, we'll not forget your contribution! --Tito Dutta (contact) 23:45, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
  • RIP. Thanks for everything! Kinkreet~♥moshi moshi♥~ 02:00, 17 March 2013 (UTC)
  • RIP, Big Fella! You were a truly hero to our world! My condolences to your family.--Mwanaharakati(Longa) 14:10, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Rest in Peace good sir. Thank you for your contributions. rtucker913 (talk) 14:56, 23 March 2013 (UTC)
  • thank you sir. rest in peace :((‍‍ AliReza (talk) 16:12, 14 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Good night, Aron. Sir Paul (talk) 17:34, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
  • Вічная пам'ять, Aaron. Iryna Harpy (talk) 01:34, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
  • Rest In Peace Aaron , you helped make the internet and the world a safer place. --Steven Ramos 1:31 06 August 2013 (UTC)
  • I am truley sorry for your lots felt_friend 04:25, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
  • Sometimes just after passing away people realise, how many friends the deceased have had. I afraid, nobody realise, when I die. But this make me not sad... Zboralski (talk) 00:14, 23 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Gone but never forgotten. -537 /
  • I just want to say, Aaron is one of my heroes for his voluntary work to strengthen the inclusivity of the Internet and the scientific, technological and social progress that supports - work that stood against the injustice of people and laws that worked for the opposite. His loss was tragic yet he stands as a symbol of inspiration: he suffered for what he believed, and it was a worthy cause. ··gracefool 💬 21:26, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Didn't know you were a prominent contributor. Not forgotten.TARDIS Builder (talk) 15:51, 11 December 2017 (UTC)
  • I miss you very much. The world misses you very much - and now with the pervasive invasion of our privacy by firms like Facebook and even your Reddit, I'm so sorry that things have not turned out the way you'd have wanted it to have. Rest in peace my dear colleague and friend. (talk) 01:57, 29 March 2018 (UTC)

Other memorials and obituaries[edit]

There is also an editable spreadsheet of memorials, and projects and essays.
* And there is a shared calendar for in-person memorials for Aaron. If you know of one, @jdunck on twitter.

Please feel free to add valuable links

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Reddit. Chantal Kohl's Bernadette (talk) 15:25, 13 January 2013 (UTC)


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Aaron, I strongly disagree with some of your methods, but I am also very disturbed about how prosecutorial zeal seemed to outweigh good judgment about what methods and outcomes would be appropriate in your situation. One of my favorite subjects at the moment is George Washington's Farewell Address in which he wrote, "Relying on (my Country's) kindness... and actuated by that fervent love towards it, which is so natural to a man, who views it in the native soil of himself and his progenitors for several generations; I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat, in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government..." I profoundly regret that our government seems to have treated you with such excessive harshness, and I am deeply saddened that your life ended as it did. My fellow Wikipedian, rest in peace. --Pine 19:03, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

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The number of edits and contributions you have done for Wikipedia is beyond amazing! You will always be remembered by fellow Wikipedians. May God Bless you and Rest in Peace. 6033CloudyRainbowTrail (talk) 18:28, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

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RSS. What else can I say? Osarius - Want a chat? 13:22, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

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Rest in Peace. ♛♚★Vaibhav Jain★♚♛ Talk Email 16:17, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

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I consider you to be a "sacrificial lamb" for open access (cf. Emmett Till). You will inspire many to take action and we will eventually win the fight against an overreaching judicial system. (talk) 04:50, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
May copyright laws be lessened worldwide, and may we be free to share scientific works, someday. -- (talk) 06:32, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

San Francisco memorial gathering, January 24, 2013[edit]

Sorry for this late notice. There will be a memorial gathering for Aaron at the Internet Archive on Thursday (i.e. tomorrow), January 24 2013, 7pm, in San Francisco. More info: Please feel free to repost this. (talk) 06:13, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

A medal for you![edit]

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I bestow you upon this medal for your outstanding contributions, both to Wikpedia and the web as a whole. It's so sad you departed us at such a young age, your vigilance is beyond all doubts. hmssolent\Let's convene 11:05, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

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We loved you I and many Wikipedians will miss you [[User:A915|A915]] a (talk) 19:59, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

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May your soul rest in peace !!! Sapgan (talk) 10:19, 9 November 2014 (UTC)