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Repeat offenders[edit]

Situation[edit]

While you are reviewing the event registration list as part of your responsibilities on the event organization team, you notice a username you recognize. After some thought and research, you realize that not long ago this contributor was brought to the English Wikipedia's "administrators' noticeboard", where administrators discuss things like user conduct, for alleged off-wiki harassment with details of a particular incident they appear to have been involved in.

Comments and opinions[edit]

Add your thoughts and opinions on what you might do in this situation on its talk page. This is a hypothetical situation, but think about what the ideal course of action is.

It might be a good idea to review the "Keeping events safe" module.

i would discuss this individual with team members for possible deletion from the list of participants, or less harshly isolate him, make him attend but keep a distance and to be on constant monitoring

I will keep a close monitoring on his/her activities during the event. Offenders may become good but in any case of further offense, the person would be isolated from the event.

WSC comments[edit]

I suspect the response you are looking for is an email to the individual declining their attendance per their block, cc'd to two other organisers. Obviously checking first that the three email addresses involved are all ones that can be disclosed to such a person.

But it is also worth checking what else we know of that person, someone who regularly trolls by signing up to events they are not going to attend is probably best ignored, especially if they are in the wrong continent.

The event and regulars are also worth considering. A small UK pub meetup where the regulars are amused at the prospect of possibly meeting said person would be a very different prospect than a larger meeting or one where the regulars included people who were nervous of such a encounter.

On a wider note, unless the trust and safety team starts monitoring for such events and tipping off event organisers about such banned attendees then at best this is a hit and miss filter. WereSpielChequers (talk) 15:57, 19 July 2017 (UTC) If she/he is a repeat offender I will notify the event organizer immediately.I will also suggest that they ban her/him from the event, because attendees are expected to follow the given rules on public behaviour as well as observe the Friendly Space Policy of the specific event.

In such a scenario, I would inform the emergency response team and get as much background information on the person to inform the level of risk they pose. At the point of entry, I will ask that they are reminded of the standards that participants are expected to adhere to as per the agreement to behavior standards and policies. Then the team will keep an eye on him throughout the event.

Dealing with the public[edit]

Situation[edit]

Your relatively small-scale event is taking place in a conference venue with multiple spaces, that can be made available to different conferences at any given time. While your event is ongoing, another Wikimedia event is hosted in one of the venue’s spaces, adjacent to yours. During breaks participants of both events are able to wander through communal spaces of the venue.

You are notified by one of your event participants (person A) that they met another person attending the other event (person B) when they spent time in the communal spaces with other participants of your conference. Since then, person A has been receiving unwanted invitations to hang out by person B, despite politely declining them and explicitly stating they are not interested. Those invitations never happen when other participants of your event are present; only when person A is at a relative distance from others.

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Add your thoughts and opinions on what you might do in this situation on its talk page. This is a hypothetical situation, but think about what the ideal course of action is.

It might be a good idea to review the "Keeping events safe" module.

Training modules/Keeping events safe/Discussion hub/Dealing with the public

User group members[edit]

Situation[edit]

On the first day of your event, you receive an in-person report from User A, detailing a heated debate between them and User B that took place while both users were on the same train, traveling to your event. The two users happen to be also booked in the same shared accommodation for the duration of the event. User A is very upset and insists that they were harassed. Both users are members of different User Groups within the same language project.

Comments and opinions[edit]

Add your thoughts and opinions on what you might do in this situation on its talk page. This is a hypothetical situation, but think about what the ideal course of action is.

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Training modules/Keeping events safe/Discussion hub/User group members Regardless of the validity or otherwise of the report, and prior to assessing its rights & wrongs, the organiser should try to help with reaccommodating both persons. And in this effort at reaccommodation, it should be the case that neither party is apparently advantaged/disadvantaged (in the organiser's eyes) in this change... MargaretRDonald (talk) 22:16, 19 November 2019 (UTC)


As PatraKing I would, first of all, listen to both sides of User A and User B. I would then report their incident to the foundation and their respective affiliations. I would then follow up to find out if any action had been made. I would also seek self-care.

I will patiently listen to user A, and later on file a report on their complaint. Then I would inform a team member who will be present when we have a conversation with user B about the complaint. And I will also document user B's response. Then I'll consider separating them where they were both accommodated. Then I'll inform the team to monitor the two.

Board member behavior[edit]

Situation[edit]

Some time after the end of an event, User A reports having received repeated unwanted attention from User B, who breached the boundaries of their personal space and made them feel uncomfortable. User A is a community member, who has frequently brought in accusations of harassment against other contributors. User B is a board member of a User group and does not have a history of being sanctioned for misbehavior at events.

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Add your thoughts and opinions on what you might do in this situation on its talk page. This is a hypothetical situation, but think about what the ideal course of action is.

It might be a good idea to review the "Keeping events safe" module.

Training modules/Keeping events safe/Discussion hub/Board member behavior


I will patiently listen to user A and ask questions to better understand and interrogate their claim. I will find out the nature of the reports made in the past by user A, the actions taken and the outcomes. I will file the complaint and with another team member approach the board member to reply to the complaint. Then I will inform the Afflictions committee of the report.

In terms of the first comment here asking 'is it her dress code, is it in character or she is just a perpetual liar?' are all victim-blaming responses and frankly, misogynistic. I think that is a really problematic response.