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Candidate details
  • Languages: Azerbaijani, Talysh, English, Turkish and Russian
  • Region: Eastern Europe
  • Active wikis: Wikipedia, Wikidata, Incubator
  • Wikimedian since: 2013
Selected home wiki Azerbaijani Wikipedia
Type of seat (regional; community-at-large; or both) (division of regional seats) CEECA
Candidate Introduction
Introductory statement / Application summary (maximum 200 words): Why are you running for the Universal Code of Conduct Coordinating Committee? What would you contribute? As a dedicated Wikipedian deeply committed to fostering a respectful and inclusive community environment, I am running for the Universal Code of Conduct Coordinating Committee to actively contribute to the development and implementation of this crucial framework. With extensive experience in editing, mediation, and community engagement on Wikipedia, I understand the importance of creating clear guidelines to promote civility and address behavioral issues effectively across linguistic and cultural boundaries. My candidacy stems from a firm belief in the principles of equity, diversity, and mutual respect as fundamental pillars of a thriving online community. If elected, I would bring a collaborative approach to the committee, leveraging my skills in consensus-building and conflict resolution to facilitate constructive dialogue among diverse stakeholders. Furthermore, I am committed to ensuring that the UCoC is not only comprehensive and enforceable but also adaptable to the evolving needs and dynamics of the Wikimedia community. In summary, my candidacy is driven by a genuine passion for cultivating a welcoming and harmonious environment on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. I am dedicated to working collaboratively with fellow committee members and the broader community to uphold the values of integrity, inclusivity, and accountability embodied in the Universal Code of Conduct.
Please describe your Wikimedia experience (such as contributions to the Wikimedia projects, memberships in Wikimedia organizations or affiliates, experience working on conduct issues in your community, activities as a Wikimedia movement organizer, or participation in building Wikimedia policies). 1. Editing and Content Contributions: I have actively edited articles on Wikipedia across multiple subject areas, ensuring accuracy, neutrality, and verifiability of content. My contributions have ranged from creating new articles to improving existing ones, with a focus on topics related to science, technology, and culture.

2. Membership and Affiliation: I am a member of Wikimedia User Groups and have participated in various Wikimedia affiliates' activities and discussions. Being part of these groups has provided me with insights into the broader Wikimedia movement and the diverse perspectives within the community.

3. Conduct Issues and Mediation: I have been involved in addressing conduct issues within my local Wikimedia community, including participating in dispute resolution processes and offering mediation support to resolve conflicts amicably. These experiences have equipped me with the skills necessary to navigate sensitive situations and promote constructive dialogue.

4. Movement Organizing: I have organized and participated in Wikimedia events, including edit-a-thons, workshops, and meetups, aimed at increasing participation and improving content quality. These events have fostered community engagement and collaboration, strengthening the bonds within the Wikimedia movement.

5. Policy Development: I have actively contributed to discussions on Wikimedia policies and guidelines, offering insights and suggestions to improve governance and ensure the sustainability of Wikimedia projects. Additionally, I have participated in the review and drafting of community guidelines to promote transparency and accountability.

Overall, my Wikimedia experience reflects a deep commitment to the values of the movement, including open collaboration, knowledge sharing, and community empowerment. I am dedicated to leveraging my experience and skills to contribute positively to the Universal Code of Conduct Coordinating Committee and further advance the goals of the Wikimedia movement.

Professional Experience, Skills and Education
Please briefly describe 3 situations that show how you worked on, or advised others on, a complex conduct or policy issue. How did you work with others to address the situations? 1. Resolving Content Disputes: In one instance, I encountered a content dispute on Wikipedia regarding the inclusion of controversial information in an article. Recognizing the sensitivity of the issue, I engaged with the involved editors in a constructive discussion, emphasizing the importance of neutrality and verifiability in Wikipedia's content policies. I facilitated a mediated discussion where each party could present their arguments supported by reliable sources. Through patient dialogue and compromise, we reached a consensus on a balanced representation of the topic, ensuring compliance with Wikipedia's content guidelines while addressing concerns raised by all parties involved.

2. Mediating User Conflict: On a Wikimedia project, I observed escalating tensions between two users stemming from a series of misunderstandings and miscommunications. As a mediator, I initiated private conversations with both users to understand their perspectives and concerns. I facilitated a mediated dialogue between the users, providing a neutral platform for them to express their grievances and find common ground. Through active listening, empathy, and constructive feedback, I guided the users towards a resolution that addressed their underlying issues while reinforcing mutual respect and understanding. Following the mediation, the users were able to collaborate effectively, and the conflict was successfully de-escalated.

3. Advising on Policy Interpretation: In a community discussion about the interpretation of a Wikimedia policy, I provided guidance and clarification based on my understanding of the policy's intent and scope. I synthesized relevant documentation and precedent cases to support my interpretation, fostering an informed and nuanced discussion among community members. I actively engaged with stakeholders to address their questions and concerns, soliciting feedback and encouraging critical analysis of the policy's implications. By facilitating an open dialogue and encouraging collaborative problem-solving, we were able to reach a consensus on the interpretation of the policy that aligned with the community's values and goals.

In each of these situations, I worked closely with others, including editors, administrators, and community members, to address complex conduct or policy issues through constructive dialogue, mediation, and consensus-building. By fostering open communication, empathy, and mutual respect, I facilitated the resolution of conflicts and the interpretation of policies in a manner that upheld the principles of the Wikimedia movement.

Leadership Experience
Can you describe a policy, on wiki or off, that you helped to create or change? What did you learn from this experience? I was actively involved in the review and revision of a local Wikimedia community's event organizing policy. The existing policy lacked clarity and specificity, leading to confusion among organizers and participants regarding expectations and procedures for hosting Wikimedia events. Recognizing the need for a comprehensive and user-friendly policy, I collaborated with other community members to initiate a discussion aimed at revising the existing policy. I realized the importance of soliciting input and feedback from a diverse range of stakeholders, including event organizers, participants, and Wikimedia affiliates. By actively engaging with the community through online discussions, surveys, and open meetings, we were able to gather valuable insights and perspectives that informed the policy revision process. I gained an appreciation for the importance of clarity and transparency in policy development. We worked diligently to ensure that the revised policy was concise, easily understandable, and transparent in its requirements and procedures. By incorporating clear guidelines and examples, we aimed to minimize ambiguity and facilitate compliance among event organizers. Throughout the revision process, I recognized the need for a policy that was flexible and adaptable to accommodate the diverse needs and preferences of event organizers and participants. We incorporated mechanisms for flexibility, such as allowing for customization of event formats and providing guidance on handling unforeseen circumstances, to ensure that the policy remained practical and applicable in various contexts. The policy revision process highlighted the importance of consensus-building and collaboration within the community. We encouraged open dialogue and constructive feedback, facilitating discussions aimed at reconciling divergent viewpoints and reaching consensus on contentious issues. By fostering a collaborative environment, we were able to build consensus around the revised policy and garner widespread support within the community.

Overall, my experience in helping to create and change this policy underscored the importance of community engagement, clarity, flexibility, and consensus-building in effective policy development. It reinforced the notion that inclusive and transparent processes lead to more robust and widely accepted policies that better serve the needs of the community.

How have you been able to empower people to make their voices heard? Empowering people to make their voices heard is a multifaceted endeavor that requires creating inclusive spaces, providing platforms for expression, and fostering a culture of respect and openness. I have worked tirelessly to cultivate an inclusive environment where individuals from diverse backgrounds feel welcomed and valued. This involves actively reaching out to underrepresented groups, listening to their perspectives, and addressing barriers to participation. By promoting diversity and inclusivity, I strive to ensure that everyone feels empowered to contribute and have their voices heard. I recognize the importance of equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively communicate their ideas and opinions. As such, I have developed and disseminated educational resources, such as workshops and tutorials, aimed at enhancing digital literacy, communication skills, and understanding of community norms. By empowering individuals with the tools they need to navigate online platforms and engage in meaningful dialogue, I help facilitate their participation and amplify their voices. I actively foster dialogue and collaboration among community members, providing opportunities for individuals to exchange ideas, share experiences, and collaborate on projects of mutual interest. Whether through online forums, social media groups, or in-person meetups, I create spaces where people can connect with others, build relationships, and work together to address common challenges and opportunities. By facilitating collaboration, I empower individuals to leverage collective expertise and resources to effect change and make their voices heard. I advocate for increased representation of marginalized voices within decision-making processes and leadership positions. This involves actively supporting initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and equity, advocating for inclusive policies and practices, and amplifying the voices of underrepresented groups. By championing diversity and representation, I help create opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds to have a seat at the table and influence decision-making processes. I actively support grassroots initiatives and community-led projects that empower individuals to address issues of concern and advocate for change. Whether through crowdfunding campaigns, community organizing efforts, or advocacy campaigns, I provide support and resources to help individuals amplify their voices and mobilize support for their causes. By empowering grassroots initiatives, I enable individuals to take ownership of their advocacy efforts and drive meaningful change from the ground up.

Overall, empowering people to make their voices heard requires a concerted effort to create inclusive spaces, provide educational resources, facilitate dialogue and collaboration, advocate for representation, and support grassroots initiatives. By employing these strategies, I strive to empower individuals to assert their voices, advocate for their rights and interests, and contribute to positive change within their communities and beyond.

Sometimes in professional situations, there are personality conflicts. Explain how you remain productive even with personality conflicts. Navigating personality conflicts in professional situations can be challenging, but there are strategies I employ to remain productive despite such challenges: I prioritize the common goals and objectives of the team or project. By keeping the bigger picture in mind, I ensure that my focus remains on achieving shared outcomes rather than getting caught up in interpersonal differences. I maintain open and transparent communication with all parties involved. This involves actively listening to concerns, expressing my own perspectives diplomatically, and seeking common ground. Clear communication can often mitigate misunderstandings and facilitate resolution. I acknowledge and respect the diversity of perspectives and working styles within the team. Understanding that everyone brings unique strengths and experiences to the table helps me appreciate different viewpoints, even in the presence of conflicts. In cases where conflicts persist, I may seek the assistance of a neutral third party, such as a manager or HR professional, to facilitate a constructive dialogue. Mediation can help identify underlying issues, clarify misunderstandings, and explore potential solutions in a neutral and supportive environment. Regardless of the situation, I uphold professionalism and integrity in my interactions with others. This means refraining from personal attacks, maintaining a calm demeanor, and focusing on constructive problem-solving rather than blame or confrontation. If tensions escalate and begin to affect my productivity, I may take a step back and take a short break to regain composure and perspective. Stepping away from the situation temporarily can help prevent further escalation and allow for a fresh approach to resolving the conflict. Instead of dwelling on the conflict itself, I channel my energy into finding solutions and moving forward. This may involve brainstorming alternative approaches, compromising on certain points, or seeking win-win outcomes that address the needs of all parties involved. By employing these strategies, I can navigate personality conflicts in professional settings while remaining focused and productive on achieving shared goals and objectives.
Strategic Thinking
In your opinion, how can the U4C be a positive influence in the Wikimedia movement? In summary, the Universal Code of Conduct can positively influence the Wikimedia movement by promoting inclusivity, enhancing community safety, fostering collaboration and trust, protecting the integrity of Wikimedia projects, and building public trust and credibility.
How would you help the Universal Code of Conduct develop and improve over time? I would contribute to the development and improvement of the Universal Code of Conduct over time by:

1. Soliciting Feedback: Actively seeking input from community members, stakeholders, and subject matter experts to gather diverse perspectives and identify areas for improvement.

2. Facilitating Discussions: Organizing forums, workshops, and online discussions to facilitate dialogue and collaboration around the UCoC, allowing for constructive feedback and the exchange of ideas.

3. Monitoring Implementation: Tracking the implementation of the UCoC across Wikimedia projects and communities to assess its effectiveness, identify challenges, and gather insights for refinement.

4. Evaluating Impact: Conducting regular evaluations and assessments to measure the impact of the UCoC on community dynamics, behavior, and the overall Wikimedia ecosystem.

5. Iterative Revision: Iteratively revising and updating the UCoC based on feedback, evaluation findings, emerging issues, and evolving community needs, ensuring that it remains relevant and effective over time.

6. Promoting Awareness: Raising awareness about the UCoC and its importance within the Wikimedia community through communication campaigns, educational resources, and outreach efforts.

7. Providing Support: Offering support and resources to community members and administrators involved in enforcing the UCoC, including training, guidance, and assistance with conflict resolution processes.

By actively engaging with the community, monitoring implementation, evaluating impact, and iteratively refining the UCoC, I would contribute to its ongoing development and improvement, ensuring that it remains a robust and effective framework for promoting positive behavior and maintaining a respectful and inclusive environment within the Wikimedia movement.