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From the team[edit]

By Spiritia, Misosoof, Magalia, antanana, Polimerek

When we concieved the idea about this newsletter, four months ago during the Wikimedia CEE Meeting in Warsaw, we planned it as a venue for sharing news, good practices, knowledge and joy derived from our local projects and regional collaborations. No one has ever thought that we may need to make sad announcements like this, and say farewells forever.

On 31 January, after several weeks of acute illness, our friend Krzysztof Machocki (user:Halibutt) passed away. He was an experienced and passionate Wikimedian and a spokesperson of Wikimedia Poland, a role model for many of us, a driving force behind many Wikimedian projects, a vivid lecturer, and a good, very good friend.

We will remember Krzysztof with his contagious enthusiasm and dedication, for his vast encyclopedic knowledge and wit, for his faith in how Wikipedia makes the world better, both online and offline. We lose him but let us not lose the faith he shared with the world. The memory of him remains and his Wikipedia legacy will continue to help the world.

There is a memorial page on Polish Wikipedia. You can leave your condolences there and they will be forwarded to Krzysztof's family.


Many Wikimedians from the CEE and around the world asked about possibilities of supporting Krzysztof's family in the difficult times to come. About giving back some of the kindness and goodness Krzysztof gave to the world it was created a fund for his two very little children. For their needs and dreams and safety. If you feel like contributing – here is how:

  • Bank transfer:
    • Recipient: Anna Maria Machocka
    • IBAN: PL29 1140 2004 0000 3402 7741 6832
    • Bank: mBank
  • PayPal:
    • E-mail: pani.anna.maria@gmail.com
Even the smallest contribution matters and helps building something good. Just like in Wikipedia.