Sad news · 2009-04-06 14:06 by Wladimir Palant
I got very sad news on Saturday. My friend and long-time Adblock Plus contributor Rick Petnel passed away Friday night. I was informed about his illness two weeks ago but simply refused to believe that it might end like that. Sadly, there is no way of denying it any more.
Rick, who went in the community by the name Rick752, became one of the first supporters of the Adblock Plus project in its difficult starting phase. He recognized the potential and decided to build the best Adblock Plus filter list around — with much success. Soon, his EasyList became the first entry in the list of recommendations shown after Adblock Plus installation, a decision I never regretted. It was largely thanks to Rick’s dedication and continued efforts that I could focus on the software while he took care of the filters and the coordination of the growing EasyList community. EasyList became a truly collaborative effort and it isn’t a coincidence that many authors of regional filter lists decided to build on this work and to provide regional complements to EasyList.
With his work, Rick helped improve the browsing experience for millions of people. And while he will be deeply missed, he built up a strong community that will be able to continue what he started. There are several strong candidates and I expect to announce Rick’s successor as EasyList maintainer in the next few days.
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