Friendly space policy consultation 2019
Welcome to the 2019 Friendly Space Policy (FSP) consultation! In this consultation, Foundation trust and safety policy staff would like to collect ideas and suggestions from community members on how to improve and refine the current Friendly Space Policy that has, to date, applied to Foundation-supported events. To do that, we would like to hear from you about:
- Potential changes that could be made to the FSP
- What the FSP and its current enforcement do well
- What the FSP and its current enforcement need to improve
This consultation is not a vote on what should be included or changed, but rather a collaborative exchange of ideas. The Foundation welcomes your ideas and thoughts, but because this is a Foundation-owned policy for Foundation-supported events, staff will be the final decision makers on what the policy will contain. The Foundation-owned policy is the minimum required policy for those who hold Foundation-supported events; event organizers are free to apply more restrictive, but not less restrictive, policies to their own events.
First, let's all make sure we know what the current Friendly Space Policy says:
-- Official Wikimedia Foundation Friendly Space Policy, located on Foundationwiki
Ideas for consideration
For more ideas about how to form Friendly Space Policies, see this Mediawiki page
A main purpose of this consultation is to collect ideas on how to expand or change the current re-use of the Foundation's policy for a big community-guided conference format like Wikimania into a tailored FSP policy for all Foundation-supported events. Community members and Foundation staff have already come up with some suggested additions and changes to the policy. Below, we invite you to add your own ideas and share opinions on each of them:
Passive opt-out for photos
The conference should provide a method for attendees to passively opt-out of being in photos taken at the event. This may take the form of a different-colored lanyard. For example, at technical conferences, there is currently a three-color lanyard system in use: green or black means that photos are OK. Yellow means "please ask me before taking photos" and Red means "no photos at all. Photographers are expected to not photograph those displaying this opt-out and ask the persons that signal they do not want to be photographed without consent.
Active consent for photos
Those taking photographs at events are expected to obtain direct and explicit consent from photo subjects before taking, sharing or uploading photos to places like social media and/or Wikimedia Commons.
"Touch sensitivity" stickers
Event staff should make available badge stickers for attendees to use to indicate preferences such as "I welcome physical contact" and "please do not make physical contact with me without asking." Attendees will be expected to respect those stickers.
A Phabricator task discussing such stickers already exists.
Propose your own idea...
...on the talk page
Current policy successes
Here, we would like to hear from you about what the current policy does right and what benefits it provides.
Current policy weaknesses
Here, we would like to hear from you about how the current FSP policy may need to be changed or adapted in order to best protect community members.