User talk:Lankiveil

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Rest in peace[edit]

  • Rest in peace. --Jax 0677 (talk) 14:09, 3 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Never had the pleasure to encounter you personally, but it's always saddening to see one of the familiar names being gone too soon. Your legacy will live on. Alex Shih (talk) 17:51, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I have been all to aware of the good work you've done on Wikipedia, and am very sorry to hear of this. WormTT(talk) 17:55, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • We will all miss you thanks for everything you did. Rest in peace. Bobherry Talk Edits 18:02, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I just saw your name here and there, probably never interacted, but I wish you had wonderful time here on Wikipedia. Rest in peace. — regards, Revi 18:12, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I’ll miss you, Craig. Thank you for being so kind to a newbie Oversighter. I hope your family finds peace in the memories you’ve left them. Katietalk 18:19, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • My dear friend, Duolingo mate and fellow ombudsman, I can't believe this is happening. It's heartbreaking. You'll be deeply missed. Thanks for everything you shared with us and for the time we spent working together. A big hug to your lovely family and my deepest condolences. --Góngora (Talk) 18:29, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • You had a true impact at Wikipedia, and I am thankful for it. You will be sorely missed around here. Best wishes to all. ~ Amory (utc) 18:37, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • My heart is heavy at this news. You've made a difference here at Wikipedia and Wikimedia, and I'll remember your example for many years to come. Rest easy. Risker (talk) 18:53, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm shocked! We know words aren’t much comfort at a time like this. He will be missed by all of us. ----e.c E=mc2 18:54, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Very sorry to hear about this. --Rschen7754 19:03, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • You were always helpful and kind to this new functionary. My heartfelt condolences :-( - TNT 19:08, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • My condolences to all. Craig made a huge difference in the Wikimedia movement, both by being consistently a calm, constructive and rational voice, and through a ton of hands-on work, much of it "behind the scenes". Rest in peace, Craig; I will miss seeing you around.--Eloquence* 20:03, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • RIP :( Dyolf77 (talk) 20:15, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • We didn't interact much outside the functionaries list, but your presence there will be missed. RIP Craig. ​—DoRD (talk)​ 20:47, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
    • This. :*( Keegan (talk) 23:38, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Ah, Craig ... whether remotely or in person, so helpfully competent, so kindly reliable, even to on-call behind-the-scenes after hours technical support last month while you were mowing your lawn. (talk) 22:25, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Absolutely devastated to hear this news this morning. Had the pleasure of serving on the WMAU committee for a few years, and we will all miss you. Taken too soon. Steven Crossin 22:45, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • This is very sad news. Lankiveil was a major contributor to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, and was well regarded. I greatly appreciated his contributions to Wikimedia Australia. My condolences to his family and friends. Nick-D (talk) 00:57, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Heartbroken to hear this news. We were Wikipedians with common interests, we were Wikimedia Australian members together, we did Wikipedia outreach together, and we were friends. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. Kerry (talk) 00:59, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Craig certainly made a huge contribution to Wikimedia Australia, en-wiki and the Wikimedia movement in general. He will be missed. --99of9 (talk) 01:08, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I am very, very sorry to hear this. Yours is a user name I'm really going to miss seeing around.Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 02:07, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Oh no, Lankiveil/Craig—one of my fellow "Class of 2005". I don't think we met in person, but had many interactions over Wikipedia, Wikimedia Australia and open data geekery. Go boldly. -Canley (talk) 02:13, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Sad and shocking news. RIP. Thryduulf (talk) 02:16, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I wish I'd said this when I had the chance, but you were a wonderful person to work with - great with Wikimedia Australia, an excellent editor, and a trustworthy admin. Your advice was always excellent, and I'll very much miss working with you. - Bilby (talk) 02:20, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • After seeing his work on Wikipedia for several years, Craig and I became friends on Facebook a few years ago. He was always perceptive and unfailingly kind. I will miss him. My heart goes out to his family and friends, and especially his unborn son. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 02:31, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Major loss for Wikipedia. Oof. Condolences to family and Wikimedia Australia friends. — Rhododendrites talk \\ 02:36, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm very sorry to hear this. You'll be missed. SarahSV (talk) 03:06, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Craig was a very positive part of Wikimedia Australia - as President/Chair and also as committee member. His Presence in Western Australia at special times for both Freopedia, and Toodyaypedia gave both projects an especial boost. His enthusiasm and his dedication was on wiki and off wiki mixed with a special brand of humour. The last walk we had in Brisbane I now will never forget, a very special person, who I will miss. JarrahTree 06:30, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I wish I had said this before:

human rights and relations

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Thank you for quality articles such as Peter Wellington, Maori voting rights in Australia and Australia-Zimbabwe relations, for admin services, for recommending to try communicaty discussion first, for contributions from 2005, beginning with Hello, friends. - repeating (15 February 2009, 11 August 2009): Craig, bass guitar player, you are an awesome Wikipedian!

RIP, and condolences to those who miss you. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:21, 16 April 2018 (UTC) --ThurnerRupert (talk) 21:22, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
  • RIP – both on Wikipedia and on the Wikimedia Australia committee, I was always impressed by his warmth, sense of humour (I'll never forget him showing me "The Most Unwanted Song", among other things), and his diplomacy. Graham87 07:55, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • It was an absolute pleasure to have met Craig during the incorporation stage of Wikimedia Australia and being a fellow Australian Wikipedian, this news is simply devastating. The energy and commitment that Craig shared with both Wikimedia and the local chapter over the years was second to none. Rest In Peace Craig. — JamesR (talk) 08:55, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Very sad. Tony (talk) 08:56, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • May his soul rest in peace. — Nearly Headless Nick {c} 09:05, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Shocked. Devastating news. Absolute condolences to his family. — billinghurst sDrewth 09:15, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Stunned to hear this. You'll be missed Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 10:51, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Hugely respected. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 12:10, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • RIP. Thanks for all your contributions. 5 albert square (talk) 13:13, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • This came right out of the blue. I worked with him in his roles with Wikimedia Australia. He will be greatly missed. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 13:20, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • This is shocking news. Very sorry to hear this. He made major contributions to the Wikimedia projects, especially Wikimedia Australia. A big loss. RIP, and condolences to his family and friends. Carcharoth (talk) 13:25, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Such shocking and devastating news, We never really interacted however I always saw Craig around (either at Arbcom, AFD or articlespace), I agree with the above Craig had a big impact on here and will be dearly missed by everyone here, RIP Craig, My condolences to friends and family. –Davey2010Talk 13:48, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Going to really miss you, only interacted once or twice, but I always admired your advices and contributions. Rest in peace. Jim Carter 14:24, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Such a sad and sudden loss. I will miss his valuable contributions to Wikipedia. Heartfelt condolences to Mr. Franklin's family and friends.- MrX 🖋 14:46, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Truly a great contributor. You will be missed. TonyBallioni (talk) 15:00, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • This is dreadful news, Lankiveil was a tireless worker with a great sense of what is actually important. His judgment was excellent, and he will be sorely missed. Guy (Help!) 16:50, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • RIP --Benoît Prieur (talk) 17:08, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I treasured working with you, Craig. Rest in peace. <3 Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 17:28, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • This isn't just a loss to the community here, but your family and friends at home. May your soul rest in peace, may your family find the strength and love to carry on in this trying time, and may your memory be one that people smile on for years to come. RickinBaltimore (talk) 17:37, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Thank you for being a constant clear head and clear heart on the clerks and functionaires lists. I am holding you and your family in the light. --Guerillero | Parlez Moi 18:12, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I did not know Lankiveil, but am thankful for his work. I found a selfie he did on Commons, & am posting it here so that other might recognize his likeness.
    Craig Franklin, Wikimedia Australia Treasurer, 2012. Self-taken with a camera phone.
May his memory be a blessing.
Peaceray (talk) 18:14, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I had cause to work with him some when I was on staff at the WMF - this is a true loss to the movement, and the world. -Philippe (talk) 19:06, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Although I don't think our paths ever crossed, I certainly saw you around. Wikipedia was a better place when you were here. Miniapolis 19:17, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • You and I haven't interacted that much, but I still held deep respect for you. Thank you endlessly for all your contributions here. Mz7 (talk) 19:33, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • On behalf of Wikimedia Deutschland I would like to express our sincerest condolences. Many here in Germany knew Craig and his enthusiasm for Wikimedia. We wish Craig's family and friends strength in this difficult time. --Abraham Taherivand (WMDE) (talk) 20:16, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Craig, I think that we never met in person, but you had my respect. I felt that you were a good citizen of the Wikiverse and that you made a positive difference in the world. Rest in peace. --Pine 20:27, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm grateful that I had the privilege to work with you here on the Wikimedia projects—you were a wonderful part of this community, and we will miss you terribly. GorillaWarfare (talk) 2:05 am, Today (UTC+5.5)
  • The Wikimedia Australia committee and members are very sorry to hear of the passing of one of our own, Wikipedian Craig Franklin -- User:Lankiveil. Craig was a long-time contributor to Wikipedia projects from 2004. Craig's first edit was to create the page Lagumot Harris for the former President of Nauru. Craig mainly contributed to English Wikipedia though he also contributed widely to other projects as well. Craig first joined the Wikimedia Australia committee in 2010 as Treasurer, becoming President in 2013. He was always willing to provide his experience to the committee. Craig was instrumental in establishing a relationship between Wikimedia Australia and the State Library of Queensland, where he would later take on a Wikipedian-in-Residence role. He will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with his family. Pru.mitchell (talk) 21:10, 16 April 2018 (UTC) President, Wikimedia Australia
  • Thank you for everything you've done for the Wikimedia movement over the years. I'm sad that you've left us so soon, and so unexpectedly. Mike Peel (talk) 22:31, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • What? You seemed like a great guy, although I never interacted with you... This makes me feel kind of nauseous💵Money💵emoji💵Talk 22:33, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • My most heartfelt condolences.CAPTAIN RAJU(T) 22:52, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • So sorry to hear this, condolences to friends and family. Alanscottwalker (talk) 23:02, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  • كل تعازبنا لاهل الفقيد . نتمنى لهم الصبر في هذا الخبر الحزين ... all my condolences. Bachounda (talk) 00:18, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Farewell, Craig, and thank you. ☹️ Donama (talk) 01:01, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm so sorry, this is very sad. To all your acquaintances I wish you strength in your hearts to support your absence, now rest in peace. Many encouragement and a hug for everyone. ---| JOAN | TALK |- 02:06, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I never had the chance to say thank you for all the work you've done, for inspiring me and other Wikipedians to live by your example. I always knew you fought for what was right, and I hope everything you've worked hard for, from tirelessly generating content to anchoring your community's focus on Asia and even to bringing Wikimania to your country, will come to fruition. We will miss you, Craig, and know that you are in our thoughts both now and in the days to come. --Sky Harbor (talk) 03:31, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm in such shock still. Craig, you were one of those in the movement I always enjoyed talking to, and learning from - I will miss your contributions in so many ways (including your wry sense of humour on my social media posts). My deepest condolences to your family and friends, including the Australian Wikimedian community. Anasuyas (talk) 03:50, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • RIP - condolences to his family and friends.IndrajitDas 05:55, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Such sad news :( Pundit|utter 07:07, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • All my condolences. I will remember Craig as a thoughtful and interesting wikimedian. Rest in peace. notafish (talk) 07:32, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • My condolences to your family. Your legacy is all around us, you will be sorely missed. We will drink a toast to your memory at the next London Meetup. ϢereSpielChequers 10:10, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Thank you for all that you have done. You will be remembered and missed. Rest easy.
     — Berean Hunter (talk) 11:25, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Sad to see this. I don't recall us ever interacting, Lankiveil, but I always saw your name around and knew you as a great person and a voice of reason. Thanks for everything - and goodbye. Acalamari 14:57, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • --Vituzzu (talk) 15:06, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • RIP Craig, we mainly interacted at AFD and AWNB, where I always valued your input. You were highly respected and will be missed around here. Condolences to your family and friends. The-Pope (talk) 17:35, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Craig's loss is a loss to us all. He and I were trainee Arbitration Committee clerks together and we've worked together since in various ways. He excelled in everything he did. Doug Weller talk 17:41, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Such sad news. Thanks for all you did here at the 'pedia. My deepest sympathies to friends and family. MarnetteD|Talk 19:16, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Absolutely heartbreaking. I'm so sorry. Craig was a colleague and a friend. Imperturbable good cheer, calmness in turmoil, and invariably sensible contributions to even the most heated argument, is what I've always seen (and tried to learn) from him. He will be missed around the whole world. Please consider us in the Wikimedia movement an extended family, and do not hesitate to ask if you should need anything. Ijon (talk) 20:24, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • RIP. talk to !dave 20:42, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
  • A sad day whenever we lose a fellow editor. RIP Blackmane (talk) 02:07, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
  • A sad period, but clearly a time where many people can fondly reflect on what you offered to their lives. I hope your loved ones will find you one day in Paradise.TheGracefulSlick (talk) 05:26, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I couldn't believe it. For years, Craig has been the voice of efficient and just use of global Wikimedia resources and finances. This loss makes us much weaker, although we can still learn from his writings. --Nemo 07:32, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
  • So sorry to hear this. My most heartfelt condolences. Audit Guy (talk) 09:20, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Really sorry to read this. Although I had never had the chance to work with you, I know that you are one of the best people that passed from our project. Rest in peace Craig, and my sincere and humble condolences to your loved ones. --Kostas20142 (talk) 12:08, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
  • So shocked to hear this; I will miss your voice in conversations in person and on mailing lists, and your thoughtful contributions to our work. This is a real loss to Wikipedia and Wikimedia and our global movement; my condolences to family & friends. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 15:54, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
  • This is really sad news. You will be missed. - Mailer Diablo 17:34, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace. :'( Erpert blah, blah, blah... 17:23, 19 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace, Craig.--فيصل (talk) 23:54, 19 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I am personally gutted to hear this. Not just a fellow Wikimedian but a good and loyal friend with a great sense of humour and wit, a level of wisdom beyond your years, an enviable intelligence and an ability to stand above disputes and get people talking and working. I will miss you - we will miss you. Rest in peace. Orderinchaos 15:54, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
  • My goodness, this is dreadful news; Lankiveil was one of the tireless pillars of our community. Sending kind and loving thoughts to his family and loved ones. Rest in peace, Craig, and thanks for all of your tremendous work on Wikipedia. Softlavender (talk) 03:21, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I never personally interacted with you on Wikipedia, but I am really saddened by your passing. Thank you for your 15 years of service to making this encyclopedia better. You will be missed. Inter&anthro (talk) 03:30, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I only just found out. I always appreciated your sense of candor and your willingness to guide me as a new editor. I would not be the writer I am today without your guidance and advice. Thank you for everything you did for this project, Craig. OhKayeSierra (talk) 07:32, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
  • On Friday, the Ombuds Commission expressed their sympathy to the Franklin family. From their note:
“We were deeply shocked and saddened to learn the news of Craig's passing.
“Craig joined the group of privacy ombudspeople for the Wikimedia projects in February 2017. With his firm commitment to protect the users of our sites, his readiness to dive into the matters pending before us, and his great good humor, he was enthusiastically received by his colleagues. Craig would regularly take a lead role on managing our caseload, which he handled with diligence, good judgment and distinguished ability. Discussions with him were always exhilarating and rewarding. He welcomed differing views, and had the rare quality of being not only able to convince others, but also to let them convince him. He strived for compromise even in the face of profound differences. Unsurprisingly to anyone who has had a chance to work with him, Craig was reappointed to the Commission this year.
“We owe him our deepest gratitude for his work, which was and continues to be an inspiration to all of us. He will be greatly missed.”
Billinghurst, Dyolf77, Góngora, Jamie Tubers, Krd, Pajz, Saileshpat and Teles
Pajz 10:40, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
  • This is terrible news and a tragic loss to the community. Condolences to Craig’s family. Moondyne (talk) 12:25, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
  • RIP. MBlaze Lightning talk 12:27, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm in disbelief. Rest in peace, Lankiveil. Kurtis (talk) 03:08, 26 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I never encountered you Lankiveil, or if I did, I don't remember doing so. However, from the sentiment of others here, you will clearly be missed. זיכרונו לברכה, may his memory be a blessing. Bellezzasolo Discuss 12:35, 27 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Our paths never crossed, yet I still feel the loss of someone who shared a common interest, and gave so generously of his time. My sincerest condolensces to his loved ones. The name Lankiveil will be remembered by many because of who it represented. Atsme📞📧 19:49, 28 April 2018 (UTC)
  • While I have never encountered you personally, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to Craig's family, friends, and all those who knew him. To those left behind: Despite this being a difficult time, please do remember that you are not alone. If you need someone to talk to, reach out. Get the help that you need (if that is the case). No one would think any less of you. My condolences go especially to his unborn son who will not get to meet his father. As others have said but I feel necessary to reiterate, you will be missed. I wish everyone the best. Godspeed Craig, godspeed. --TheSandDoctor Talk 07:21, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for fully protecting the user page Primefac, I agree that that is the most effective way to prevent any possible vandalism and to preserve the page content. --TheSandDoctor Talk 07:23, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
Only just found out about this. Really am shocked to hear this. May you rest in peace Craig, and that you for your work here, particularly saving an article I created, Lilah Parsons from deletion. Class455 (talk|stand clear of the doors!) 09:27, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
Only just found out about this too through a MediaWiki message, and I am very sad to hear this. :-( Rest in peace, Lankiveil, and thank you for everything you have contributed to the encyclopaedia. Patient Zerotalk 13:52, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
  • I just found out about this. I am so sorry. --Tryptofish (talk) 16:08, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
  • RIP Enigmamsg 18:31, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
  • This is heartbreaking. Craig closed one of the first AfDs I had worked to rescue, and he inspired me to be an inclusionist ever since. Rest in peace. Altamel (talk) 04:25, 3 May 2018 (UTC)
  • I heard this right now. I am very sorry. Rest in peace :-( --Juliana (talk) 09:47, 3 May 2018 (UTC)
  • This is very belated, but please accept my condolences to Craig's family, friends, country, and the free-knowledge movement world-wide for his passing. Craig, your light will always shine here. We'll protect where you were, so please have no worries as you go on ahead. Peace be with you. Geekdiva (talk) 11:34, 12 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm somewhat lapsed but just saw reference to this on the Help Desk. Although we didn't interact much directly that I can recall, Lankiveil was a name I instantly recognized. How sad. Thoughts to those who knew and grieve him StarM 02:30, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
  • My deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace and Vaya con Dios. Lord Sjones23 (talk - contributions) 14:22, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

Funeral arrangements[edit]

Craig/Lankiveil's funeral will be held in Brisbane on Friday 27 April. For privacy, please email me at for full details. Kerry (talk) 09:55, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

I hope Kerry won't mind me adding here links to the messages they posted on the Wikimedia Australia mailing list, which included a link to the short family tribute/obituary published in The Courier-Mail: (1) Tribute: FRANKLIN, Craig Patrick (24/04/2018); (2) Note on the funeral. Carcharoth (talk) 11:01, 14 May 2018 (UTC)


It's just sad when something like this happens. Which is why I'm grateful to be alive. Rest in Peace Lankiveil ―YoloMaxi  (contribs) 00:30, 28 April 2018 (UTC)

Protected edit request on 13 May 2018[edit]

First, RIP. Second, my edit request is that you change the administrator infobox to say that he's a former administrator, which is what he is now (his account was desysopped shortly after his death, as usual in cases like this). Every morning (there's a halo...) 18:41, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

Not done no need for this @Everymorning:. The categories have already been removed, and there is a clear banner on the top of the page this this account is RIP. — xaosflux Talk 15:50, 14 May 2018 (UTC)

Today's Wikipedian 10 years ago[edit]

Ten years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:10, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

and today --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:57, 11 August 2019 (UTC)