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RIP Dravecky[edit]

Memorial Candle
RIP Draveckyxaosflux Talk 01:20, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

It is with a heavy heart that I must annouce that Dravecky has passed away. He passed on April 23, 2016 while he was attending WhoFest in Dallas. He was 47.

Ed typically worked in the radio station areas, plus Texas and Huntsville history here on Wikipedia. He was a prolific DYK'er as well. Dravecky attended Georgia Tech and was a former disc jockey, hence his love for radio. He co-founded FenCon and was well known in the science fiction and fantasy convention world.

His friends and family have set up a GiveForward account to help with funeral expenses.

He leaves behind his longtime girlfriend Robyn, his family, his friends in the CON community and his friends here on Wikipedia. - NeutralhomerTalk • 00:14, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

I have posted to AN regarding Dravecky's death; I knew him, and others in his family, in real life since the early Reagan administration, and can vouch for the fact that he was one of the most interested people I've ever known. I inevitably picture him as a high school student carrying around this book that looked like a Chilton shop manual called The Space Shuttle Operator's Manual; never for a minute since 1982 have I thought he would not have been entirely competent, through self-study, to have fixed or flown or landed any cognizable NASA craft. The collective brainpower of the world is diminished through his loss. Julietdeltalima (talk) 00:46, 26 April 2016 (UTC)
The world-wide community of science fiction fandom mourns the loss of one of our own, at a ridiculously young age. --Orange Mike | Talk 00:56, 26 April 2016 (UTC)
I may not have known this user, but it's always sad to see experienced users leave the project, but it's tragic knowing they died, even if you don't know them. My condolences to his family and friends both on and off wiki.—cyberpowerChat:Online 01:41, 26 April 2016 (UTC)
RIP D. Your contributions to the project cannot be measured in simple terms. My deepest sympathies to your family and friends. MarnetteD|Talk 02:18, 26 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Too young. Thanks for your service, Dravecky: you were a good sport, and a good editor. Bongomatic, Kelapstick, there's a connection here by way of a certain hard-hitting DYK. Drmies (talk) 05:27, 26 April 2016 (UTC)
  • RIP Dravecky, You were a great editor and a great admin and you'll be missed by everyone!, My sincere condolences to friends and family x. –Davey2010Talk 15:12, 26 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Well, crap. I used to see him all the time at DYK. It's difficult to quantify the loss we've suffered. Rest in peace. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 23:26, 26 April 2016 (UTC)
  • It's sad to see such a dedicated editor leave the project, especially when you know that they've passed away. Rest in peace Dravecky. Omni Flames let's talk about it 22:31, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Aw, snap. Too soon, too sudden. On a related note, perhaps, like the Doctor, he has regenerated in another continuum? R.I.P. E.D. Her Pegship (talk) 23:57, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
    • As the Doctor Who fan he was, he would have totally dug that reference. :) - NeutralhomerTalk • 01:54, 28 April 2016 (UTC)
  • My deepest condolences at his early death. Bearian (talk) 16:12, 3 May 2016 (UTC)
  • RIP Dravecky, thank you for your edits to football articles. WikiOriginal-9 (talk) 00:32, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

His RfA in 2008 was unopposed[edit]

Pedro and I nominated him for adminship in late November 2008. He was supported 66-0-1 in his RfA.

To see all of the good things he's done for the English Wikipedia, see Dravecky (talk · message · contribs · global contribs · deleted contribs · page moves · user creation · block user · block log · count · total · logs · summary · email | lu · rfas · rfb · arb · rfc · lta · checkuser · spi · socks | rfar · rfc · rfcu · ssp | current rights · rights log (local) · rights log (global/meta) | rights · renames · blocks · protects · deletions · rollback · admin · logs | UHx · UtHx · UtE). He has also contributed on the Wikimedia Commons and other projects. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 03:21, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

Newspaper obituary[edit]

davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 03:37, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

Possible WP:Signpost coverage?[edit]

Given his long tenure and the fact that Dravecky was still active up to the day he died (final edit), I'm thinking a short mention in the Wikipedia Signpost is in order. I've started a discussion on the Signpost newsroom-suggestion page. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 21:02, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

YesY It's gone to press: Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2016-05-02/News and notes. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 04:12, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

The Universe is strange indeed[edit]

One of Ed-the-science-fiction-fan's recent edits was his gnomish formatting fix on April 18th to the The Last Voyage of the Starship Enterprise, a Good Article about a 1976 Saturday Night Live sketch satirizing the cancellation of Star Trek in 1969.

That made me smile. Thanks Ed. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 22:44, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

Possible Memorial work?[edit]

Getting articles in wikipedia up to and keeping them at a reasonable level of quality can be, as a lot of us, a bit of a pain. But, if anyone could think of any such articles Dravecky might have considered ones he wanted improved, to the degree that my time at present would allow, I guess I would be willing to help to the degree I can. Alternatively, if there are public domain works which might be proofreadable over at wikisource which might be reasonably subjects of memorial efforts for him, and which don't involve as much updating and caretaking, I could try to offer some help there as well. John Carter (talk) 15:16, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

Just in case it's not apparent, there is a "to do" list at the top of this page that could serve as a starting point. — Rhododendrites talk \\ 02:46, 29 April 2016 (UTC)
Another option is to look for articles where he contributed heavily and get them to the "next level" (stub to C-class, B-class to GA, etc.). davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 21:16, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

A quote by someone else that pretty much says it all[edit]

From Wikipedia Talk:WikiProject Radio Stations (diff), which was one of Dravecky's major areas of work:

That last sentence before "RIP" pretty much says it all. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 16:47, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

My personal laundry-list for Ed's Wiki-stalkers, er, I mean Wiki-fen[edit]

User:Davidwr/Dravecky remembered. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 04:14, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

A good Wikipedian[edit]

Rest in peace Ed! Hamid Hassani (talk) 23:59, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Texas memorial service[edit]

Posted at the request of the love of his life:

There will be a memorial event on Sunday, July 17th, in Plano, Texas. It is an "open event" and all who knew Ed, either in person or otherwise, are welcome.

Details including a point-of-contact for those visiting from out of town are here. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 02:37, 1 June 2016 (UTC)

Nooo...[edit]

Oh, no. I've only just heard about this. Dravecky was one of the good guys on Wikipedia - I had many discussions with him over the years, both about Wikipedia (mainly in the stub-sorting project) and our shared interest in science fiction. He will be missed. Warmest thoughts to his family and loved ones. RIP, Ed. Grutness...wha? 15:34, 26 June 2016 (UTC)