Bassel's friend and advocate Jon Phillips (not on this list but cc'd) is
looking to talk to people who are actually engaged in efforts to grow
the Arabic Wikipedia community and articles, I believe in order to show
the kind of work Bassel would have been doing and that the world has
lost, and to be supportive of others carrying on that work.
If anyone has such contacts who would be willing to talk to Jon, feel
free to reply on- or offlist as appropriate.
Another question, mostly out of (idle, but this seems like a good time
to ask) personal curiosity: is there a line of research about movements
that looks at responses to movement members in distress, perhaps in
order to characterize level of solidarity, maturity, or some other
feature of movement, or to map connections between movements? Or
concerning how vulnerable movement members are to various forms of
persecution, perhaps in order to characterize where movement operates
with regard to law and norms of society? I figure there must be but my
super naive searches haven't turned up anything.
I'm curious because I wonder how free/libre/open/wiki movements compare
to other movements and member vulnerability/responses to member distress
seem like a potential thing to compare, and I notice how Bassel, who had
'weak ties' to a whole bunch of open movements (and 'strong ties' to
Creative Commons) has gotten a fair amount of support from ... a whole
bunch (which is good of course).