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Account RXerself (talk meta edits global user summary CA)
Candidate details
  • Languages: id, en, su, jv
  • Region: East, South East Asia and Pacific (ESEAP) or community-at-large
  • Active wikis: id.wikipedia, www.wikidata, commons.wikimedia, su.wikipedia, en.wiktionary
  • Wikimedian since: 2010
Selected home wiki Indonesian Wikipedia
Type of seat (regional; community-at-large; or both) (division of regional seats) East, South East Asia and the Pacific (ESEAP) or community-at-large
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? I understand firsthand on how difficult, unnecessarily long, and convoluted the process of resolving Code of Conduct issues in Wikimedia environment can be. I am sad every time a community member came up to me with awful problems and disappointed at myself that I could not help them as much as I wanted while the violators of our Wikimedia values and policies escaped away unscathed. It was either relayed to bureaucratic processes through the Foundation, unclear processes by local affiliates, or done voluntarily by unspecialised local administrators who lacked resources and precedence. This is even especially true for smaller Wiki communities without good governance initiatives, in ESEAP and I believe beyond. I wish by becoming a member of the UCoC Coordinating Committee that I would be able to help those victims and those communities, that I would be able to act when anyone else do not want themselves to, that I would have the capacity to account on the safety of the Wikimedia environment.
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). I have been a contributor since 2010. I started with translating articles, before moving to creating them from scratch. I managed templates in the Indonesian and Sundanese Wikipedias. I walked miles to a floodgate, went out at dawn to a silent hill, to take pictures for Commons. I physically attended 2022 ESEAP Conference and 2023 Wikimania. I attended 2019, 2022, and 2023 Indonesian WikiNusantara conference, helped organised the last two. I proposed a major revision of a basic policy in Indonesian Wikipedia and with other editors' inputs, it passed. I assist other more beginner editors in simple questions in Indonesian Wikipedia Telegram group and Indonesian Wikidata community. I am a member of the Wikimaps User Group.
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? I assisted in overcoming the red scare in Indonesian Wikipedia, June 2020, coordinating with other editors in communication with Commons administrators about sudden requests.

When a dispute arose in a Sundanese cultural article, I provided my assistance when other administrators could not because of my more knowledge in Sundanese culture. I managed to show that a communication was missing between editors and an administrator involved in the dispute.

I have several articles of women in my watchlist. It is common to find sensitive vandalism on them like this, or this which I have reverted. As for now, these edits can be argued as not violating any local policy, there is an absence of it regarding this issue. So the UCoC actually can be a good fallback in preventing this kind of actions.

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? The Indonesian Wikipedia policy on Verifiability is supposed to be a basic policy for the site but was not substantially renewed since 2009. I then proposed an overhaul of the policy by taking the English version and adapting it for the Indonesian Wikipedia. The resulting draft would give more power in defining what information is verifiable, who can verify an information, and when verification is required. It passed a vote and now can be used to tackle hidden ads in articles since paid or closely affiliated sources count as less verifiable in the new policy. Before this, handling these kinds of contents was difficult by only using WP:NOT type policies.
How have you been able to empower people to make their voices heard? Answer their questions, act, make time, do check-ins, relay information to relevant ranks, call the people they want to hold for explanation. Discuss. Sometime when communication is facilitated, you will be able to see the problem clearly, as complex issue #2 shows above. To my local community I shared my contact and allow them to contact me directly because I think when you want people to really get into Wikimedia projects you get to really help them. I studied geography by trade so my main philosophy is getting my feet on the ground. I assisted the local Indonesian community now and then in policy interpretation across Wikimedia projects, in particular though in Wikidata as navigating a multilingual project such as it is I think more difficult than single-language wikis.
Sometimes in professional situations, there are personality conflicts. Explain how you remain productive even with personality conflicts. Disagreeing with someone should not be followed with counterproductive actions. In every cases, communication still have to present both inside U4C and to the relevant parties. Any problem should be solved with maturity and the worthiness of the community be considered.
Strategic Thinking
In your opinion, how can the U4C be a positive influence in the Wikimedia movement? Through good implementation of the Charter and the Code by good hands with community assistance, active involvement, and culturally sensitive approach. It should be able to see editors as humans with motivation, emotion, sometimes also different authority, access to resources, different capabilities and power, and be able to see intersectionally considering any aspect influential to an issue, inherently from parties involved or from outside. It is also important for the wider community to be able to watch the work of the Committee, as they should be to other branches of governance in the Wikimedia environment.
How would you help the Universal Code of Conduct develop and improve over time? Good conventions should be checked regularly based on its history of application. With the authority to write reports and review of the implementation of UCoC, the U4C should be able to advise on any revision deemed necessary to it.