Talk:WMF Global Ban Policy

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"Opportunity to discuss"[edit]

Google's new code of conduct template (they are using the contributor covenant) says "We will notify the accused of the report and provide them an opportunity to discuss it before any action is taken." [1] Does the foundation attempt to communicate with a user before imposing a ban? —Neotarf (talk) 21:46, 9 June 2018 (UTC)

@Neotarf: There is currently no universal policy on this for Wikimedia Foundation bans, but where possible we have tried to do so. I say "where possible" because we have not done so in two instances:
  1. where we believed that it would place victims at a higher risk (and we were confident with the level of evidence we were able to obtain on our own), or
  2. where the likelihood of recovery was deemed impossible for example, if their actions were so extreme that there was nothing they could say to change the action taken.
We have, however, reached out to a number of users during our investigations to get their side of the story. Some of those users were ultimately given Foundation Global Bans, but others were given, for example, conduct warnings or had user rights removed. Sometimes no action was taken at all. We have internally been considering a more formal policy of this type of outreach and will be reviewing this as part of the annual plan program for Improving Trust and Safety processes. WMFOffice (talk) 21:29, 15 June 2018 (UTC)