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To friends of Boris: bad news

I'm sorry to have to report the death of Boris, aka Raymond. I have an email from his son, which he wanted shared here so that people who had known him on-wiki would know: I'm sorry to come to you with bad news. My dad had a massive stroke biking home from work on Tuesday, and was pronounced brain dead on Wednesday evening. In a final act of generosity, he donated his organs to save the lives of four other people. Boris was a good person, and I'll miss him William M. Connolley (talk) 21:43, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

Oh no. I'm so sorry to hear this. Brilliant, unfailingly good-humored, caring. I have no more words. Antandrus (talk) 22:06, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
That is appalling news. My deepest condolences to Raymond's (Boris)'s family. Simon Adler (talk) 22:10, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
Is it appropriate for me to link to the obituary? EdJohnston (talk) 22:17, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
A link would be appropriate - he used to edit under his real-life name. I am so sorry to hear about this. Acroterion (talk) 22:25, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
Yes, that seems a good idea. I think you mean OBITUARY Dr. Raymond Ward Arritt SEPTEMBER 19, 1957 – NOVEMBER 14, 2018
I think we have just collectively violated OUTING rule #2375, but I'm sorry he is no longer with us. I cherished the hope he would one day re-assume his admin bit. For those not aware, his username is tribute to Soviet propaganda poster. EdJohnston (talk) 22:39, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
This is Boris's/Ray's son. Thank you to all of you for your well wishes. I know my dad spent a lot of time working (and playing, for that matter) on Wikipedia with all of you. I'll be checking this page for the next few weeks, and would welcome any memories or stories you have to share either here or on the memorial page. No problem to link to the obit, which is posted but not quite finished while we wait for the funeral director to upload a photo of him. Sarritt (talk) 00:53, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
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A day after the shock: I hope he would have liked this little memorial. Sarritt, I hope you like it. I "met" you father in a rough situation - we lost a friend (not to death ...) - and as you can see in the dialogue above (which we continued once a year), he was the one to bring me back to serenity. Many of us trusted him to be an arbitrator in the true sense. - There are many other stories on this page alone. - Best wishes to you and your family, and keep living that spirit. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:06, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
The talk page was archived, which I reverted but only once. Some in the above make no sense:
"Jewel" and the last words on this talk page are now in Archive 4.
"ArbCom" is now in Archive 6.
The "many other stories" are now scattered in different archives.
I hope that the talk will be restored as an accessible memory of his thinking. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:14, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
  • This is shocking. I'm very sorry indeed to hear this. My condolences to his family. SarahSV (talk) 23:43, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm shocked - Boris was one of the best. We will miss his wit and insight so much. Sarritt, you and your family have my condolences. GABgab 01:56, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Sarritt You dad had (has) the best user name on the English Wikipedia! His sense of humour was a joy. His wit is scattered on the pages of WP. Together with his article contributions, they make for a cool monument to him. Kind regards to you and the family in this toughest of times. Simon Adler (talk) 02:17, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Ray was one of the best people here. Whenever I saw he’d posted somewhere, I knew it was going to be insightful, or funny, or both. Sarritt, I’m sure you don’t need some random person on the internet telling you what a good man your dad was, but... he was. I’m deeply saddened, and my sympathies to his family. —Floquenbeam (talk) 02:52, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Absolutely one of the best people here. And people aren't just saying that now. We knew it the whole time. This is truly a devastating loss to the community. My condolences to your family, Sarritt.  Swarm  talk  05:22, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Such a valued member of the community. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. MarnetteD|Talk 07:50, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I don't know what to say. I'll miss his wit, his insights, and his friendship. My deepest condolences. --Stephan Schulz (talk) 08:05, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm utterly shocked, I didn't work with Boris much but I thought he was a great editor. Please give my sincere condolences to family and friends, this is a sad loss :-( Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 14:39, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Appalled and saddened at this untimely news, my thoughts are with Ray's family and friends, and the sorrow all will be feeling. Boris, don't abandon hope! . . dave souza, talk 14:50, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I too am very saddened to see this. My thanks to William M. Connolley for letting us know. Regards, Newyorkbrad (talk) 15:02, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • What very sad news. Bishonen | talk 15:09, 19 November 2018 (UTC).
  • So sad to hear this. His was one of my favorite signatures to see – brought a smile to me every time to see his wit and insight. Peace to his spirit. Katietalk 15:12, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • This is very sad news, and my condolences to all his family and friends. He was a very valued Wikipedian. Thryduulf (talk) 15:18, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Raymond was a valuable editor with a great sense of humor and insightful knowledge of climate science. He will be missed.KZ5G (talk) 15:29, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I am saddened by the news of SBHB's passing. His 2009 snarky Guide to Arbcom is on my my favorite essays on the site --Guerillero | Parlez Moi 15:28, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Thanks for sharing, very sad, and untimely.--S Philbrick(Talk) 15:46, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • This is sad, and shocking news. Ray was a great person back when he was Raymond, and then he quit and came back as Boris, who was one of the more remarkable characters on Wikipedia. I think we're all better people for knowing him - I know I am. My condolences to his family. Guettarda (talk) 18:44, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I think I need to dedicate User:Ritchie333/Euphemisms to Boris, as he created the first one I found - WP:Dramaboard (described as "conspicuously absent"). Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 18:56, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Fly high Raymond/Boris. We are more often than not all so faceless here, this is so touching and so personal, Boris was a lovely soul. Condolences to his family and friends.Govindaharihari (talk) 19:09, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • So sad to hear this. His sense of humor was unparalleled on Wikipedia. All best wishes to Boris' family and friends.(Littleolive oil (talk) 21:18, 19 November 2018 (UTC))
  • I first knew of Ray as Dr. Arritt, where he was one of my Intro to Meteorology professors. I was fortunate to continue with meteorology into grad school, and Ray was gracious enough to serve on my committee and to allow me to TA for said Intro to Meteorology course. His guidance in improving and motivating my writing and teaching will forever be appreciated. And his sense of humor, as displayed on this site, shone through in person as well. My thoughts are heavy with his family, friends, colleagues, and students. (@Sarritt: I believe we also had some brief business as, erm, Counter-Strike teammates back in high school. I wish we could have reconnected under better circumstances, and I hope you are doing as well as you can be during this difficult time.) Jason Patton (talk) 21:25, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • You will be missed, and your legacy will live on through the knowledge you shared here on Wikipedia. I got a smile out of the "Wikipedians who cannot be trout-slapped because they are already fish" category you've had on your userpage, and have borrowed it for my own. Rest well. GorillaWarfare (talk) 10:03, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace, Boris. MBlaze Lightning 13:31, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Such terrible news. Rest peacefully and condolences to your family. I doubt we will see your like again. Spartaz Humbug! 18:47, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Oh wow. This is awful. RIP Boris you will be missed. IntoThinAir (talk) 20:38, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I am so very, very sorry to have heard about this. He will be greatly missed at Wikipedia, and I want to offer my best wishes to his family. --Tryptofish (talk) 23:32, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I will miss SBHB - one of the kindest yet straightest-shooters among us. With gratitude for all you did here, SBHB, and sadness that you are gone. Jytdog (talk) 00:36, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I am very saddened to hear about this sudden loss. I always enjoyed editing along side Boris. A warm embrace for his family and those close to him.- MrX 🖋 01:32, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Very sad. A great Wikipedian and advocate for sound content and governance. May more be like him. Heimstern Läufer (talk) 12:32, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm sorry to hear this, Boris. May you rest in peace. A Quest For Knowledge (talk) 12:55, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Damn, that's awful. He was pretty nice in interactions, and had a great sense of humor. I hope his family is doing well💵Money💵emoji💵💸 14:36, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
  • We never interacted but I saw your name come up many, many times. Such a great Wikipedian and person - best wishes to your family. Acalamari 21:41, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I've been putting off writing anything here, because I don't know what to say. Ray was one of my favorite people, which is an odd thing to say about someone whom I never met in person and only interacted with in the context of this website. He was smart, insightful, humane, and funny, and most of all I valued his sense of perspective, which is in notoriously short supply in these parts.

    We carried on an intermittent email correspondence over the years, very little of which had to do directly with Wikipedia. Mostly we discussed our families, life, academic politics, music, and the experience of editing Wikipedia as a professional academic. Our chats had wound down over the past few years as we both increasingly withdrew from this website, but just looking back through my email archives today at our conversations brought a smile to my face again and again. We had abstract plans to meet up for a beer sometime, somewhere.

    Obviously, my sense of loss is trivial compared to what his family must be experiencing. The only thing I can say is that Ray made this website better; people are, in aggregate, better informed about the world because of his contributions here. As an educator, I know that was his primary motivation for spending his time here. Ray also touched a lot of people's lives here, and he'll be greatly missed. I'm glad to have known him. MastCell Talk 15:43, 22 November 2018 (UTC)

  • I send my condolences. Everlasting memory. talk to !dave 12:29, 23 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Very saddened to hear this news. I remember early in my Wikipedia career, when SBHB was contributing under his own name and helping to deal with people pushing pseudoscience. Raymond has made a substantial contribution and to the world at large, for which we can all be grateful and from which we can take inspiration. Sarritt, I express my condolences to you and to the rest of Raymond's family. I feel proud to have known him, if only through Wikipedia, and hope to have learned from him. I also express my thanks to IntoThinAir, who has started an article on Professor Raymond Arritt. Hopefully it will see ongoing development and improvement, and I have posted to WT:DYK#Raymond Arritt so hopefully the new article might appear on the main page, perhaps even with a suitable photograph. EdChem (talk) 10:45, 26 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I am absolutely stunned to hear this. Boris/Raymond was one of the most enjoyable people on Wikipedia, by far. No one was funnier than him! Such a kind and gentle fellow; I have ever seen an ill word from him, only helpfulness and outrageously funny humor. RIP. Softlavender (talk) 12:40, 26 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I am deeply saddened to discover this today, and I offer my condolences to any effected by Raymond's passing. The funny thing is, I never knew until now that Boris had a productive off-wiki career; to me, he was always a friendly name that I recognized on my watchlist. We have lost one of our best.--SamHolt6 (talk) 04:01, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Very sad to hear this. Only just heard. Boris was one of the most sincere and wittiest contributors here. Often made me laugh. A great loss. Sincere condolences to all his family. Martinevans123 (talk) 12:01, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
  • The ancient Egyptians would have said that he's gone to his ka. I send my condolences. Mr rnddude (talk) 12:58, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
  • So sad. Can't help but appreciate that this climate change editor went on a fossil fuel free commute from work. Teaching by example until the end. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 15:48, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Oh no! Rest in peace, Raymond. I'll miss you. Clayoquot (talk | contribs) 22:41, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I have just learned of this loss. My condolences to Raymond's family and friends. Our interaction was always positive and informative. I am kind of proud to say Boris' home pages are some of the last pages on my watchlist (We'd look out for each other!) but very sad to have found out this way. I'd raise a glass, and say "Let's all live forever." Hamster Sandwich (talk) 04:27, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
  • It is much too difficult to find the right words to say after just learning that we've lost Ray. My heart goes out to his family - thank you for sharing him with us on Wikipedia. He was such a delight and brought good things to the project through his participation here. He will be greatly missed. Atsme✍🏻📧 18:17, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I just stumbled upon this news today - my sympathy to all his loved ones, I know he will be missed. Shearonink (talk) 06:23, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Ach, only just heard the dreadful news (and I've surprised myself by how sad I actually am to hear it). He was genuinely one of the best. Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 12:35, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
  • I also just found out this news. My condolences to his family. I found Boris (Ray) to write well thought out comments as to matters and he made good edits to articles. Respectfully, Kierzek (talk) 19:40, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
  • I only just heard too. What a terrible loss to WP and, especially, to his family and friends. Whenever I needed to smile, I'd visit his talk page. Rest in peace, Boris, in the knowledge of the many, many lives you've touched. Miniapolis 22:40, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
  • So sorry to hear about this... rest in peace, Boris. I never worked with you personally but frequently saw you around the place and thought you were one of the best editors here. :( Patient Zerotalk 14:00, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Just saw this; my condolences to the family. A great loss. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 15:29, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
  • I am very sorry hear about the loss of one of my very favorite sparring partners. I never doubted his good intent. He will be missed. ++Lar: t/c 03:23, 10 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Smart and funny. What more could you ask for? EEng 06:53, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
  • RIP Ray, My condolences to friends and family. –Davey2010Talk 22:12, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
  • My condolences too (though belated). SBHB was one of those whose comments I valued. Wikipedia will be a poorer place without him. Carcharoth (talk) 15:19, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
  • My condolences; not just a loss to friends and family, but to the Wikipedia community and its readers. X1\ (talk) 23:48, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
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  • Just learning of this. So very, very sorry. Kafka Liz (talk) 03:37, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Belated condolences. We as a community will miss him. Dreamy Jazz 🎷 talk to me | my contributions 20:31, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Very unfortunate, I'm sorry to learn this. —PaleoNeonate – 23:37, 25 December 2018 (UTC)
  • This is very sad news. Not only was "Boris" a valuable Wikipedian with a good sense of humor, but from time to time he came up with what resembled words of wisdom. Cardamon (talk) 10:22, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
  • I was very sad to hear this news. He was a kind and committed editor, and will be sorely missed. DBaK-photo (talk) 13:12, 17 January 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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Oh Shock Brigade Harvester Boris, I don't know what I'm going to do without you. What a loss, how happy I was with your irregular but frequent comments, how honored--what wit, what optimism, what zeal for life. Drmies (talk) 01:18, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

A great loss to us all

You and I never interacted all that much Raymond, but I have seen you around many times over the years and am absolutely stunned to learn of your recent passing. We've lost one of the wisest, sanest, and most down-to-earth editors that I have ever had the privilege of coming across, and Wikipedia will not be better off for it.

My condolences to the innumerable people - family, friends, students, and editors alike - whose lives were impacted on some level or another by Raymond Arritt. His loss is our loss; his absence, a palpable void for us all to bear. But his memory shall live on. May we all seek to foster in ourselves the same passion and dedication that Raymond embodied in everything he did.

Rest in peace, Professor Arritt. Wikipedia will never forget you and everything you've done for us. Kurtis (talk) 23:25, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

  • My condolences to his family, May God bless you.CAPTAIN RAJU(T) 06:36, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
  • We lost another good one. RIP Boris, we'll miss you. 173.228.123.166 (talk) 10:23, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
  • RIP Boris, your contribution to Wikipedia will never be forgotten.Denim11 (talk) 11:50, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Raymond was one of my favourite Wikipedians, over many years. His passing is a great loss to us all. My sympathies to his friends and his family. Fish+Karate 09:43, 4 December 2018 (UTC)

Impact

Impact
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Thank you for your impact
in changing the climate
among editors by saying
"have a laugh"!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:31, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Ray's Rules

This list was sent to me by SBHB's widow, who said "they are worth sharing and help explain his kind and generous nature." Drmies (talk) 03:37, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

  1. You and your problems are not the most important thing in the world.
  2. Choose your battles. Yield when it doesn’t matter, and stand your ground when it does.
  3. Keep a thick skin. Don’t let criticism discourage you. Instead, let it teach you.
  4. You learn more from listening than from talking. “A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.” (Wilson Mizner)
  5. Don’t waste your time arguing with an idiot.
  6. Give other people the same respect that you would want from them. (Matthew 7:12)
  7. The surest way to drive yourself crazy is to compare yourself to other people.
  8. Take the high road, no matter what the other person does. It will benefit you in the long run. (Romans 12:20)
  9. Don’t take yourself too seriously: “We share 99% of our genes with mice, and we even have the genes that could make a tail.” (Dr. Jane Rogers, Human Sequencing and Mapping Project Manager, Sanger Institute); “The graveyards are full of indispensable men.” (Charles de Gaulle)
  10. The most important thing is to be able to look yourself in the mirror. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it’s right.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Thanks for sharing these. A little context for the curious: my dad quietly kept these rules in his office--we're not sure when he first wrote them, but they were a little code of conduct he kept for himself. He didn't ever mention explicitly that he had written them or what they were for, but they were instantly familiar when we found them. Not only in how how accurately they described how he lived, but in the sorts of advice he'd give in conversation. The one about not comparing yourself to others is one that he'd need to remind me of frequently, and after his passing I feel a much deeper understanding of what he meant. Sarritt (talk) 01:29, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

DYK

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Did you know ...

... that after the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
shared the Nobel Peace Prize,
contributing author Raymond Arritt said,
"It's kind of neat: I have, like, .002 percent of a Nobel prize now"?
(12 January 2019)

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:15, 12 January 2019 (UTC)