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Universal Code of Conduct News – Issue 1[edit]

Universal Code of Conduct News
Issue 1, June 2021Read the full newsletter


Welcome to the first issue of Universal Code of Conduct News! This newsletter will help Wikimedians stay involved with the development of the new code, and will distribute relevant news, research, and upcoming events related to the UCoC.

Please note, this is the first issue of UCoC Newsletter which is delivered to all subscribers and projects as an announcement of the initiative. If you want the future issues delivered to your talk page, village pumps, or any specific pages you find appropriate, you need to subscribe here.

You can help us by translating the newsletter issues in your languages to spread the news and create awareness of the new conduct to keep our beloved community safe for all of us. Please add your name here if you want to be informed of the draft issue to translate beforehand. Your participation is valued and appreciated.

  • Affiliate consultations – Wikimedia affiliates of all sizes and types were invited to participate in the UCoC affiliate consultation throughout March and April 2021. (continue reading)
  • 2021 key consultations – The Wikimedia Foundation held enforcement key questions consultations in April and May 2021 to request input about UCoC enforcement from the broader Wikimedia community. (continue reading)
  • Roundtable discussions – The UCoC facilitation team hosted two 90-minute-long public roundtable discussions in May 2021 to discuss UCoC key enforcement questions. More conversations are scheduled. (continue reading)
  • Phase 2 drafting committee – The drafting committee for the phase 2 of the UCoC started their work on 12 May 2021. Read more about their work. (continue reading)
  • Diff blogs – The UCoC facilitators wrote several blog posts based on interesting findings and insights from each community during local project consultation that took place in the 1st quarter of 2021. (continue reading)

Universal Code of Conduct News – Issue 2[edit]

Universal Code of Conduct News
Issue 2, July 2021Read the full newsletter


Welcome to the second issue of Universal Code of Conduct News! This newsletter will help Wikimedians stay involved with the development of the new code and will distribute relevant news, research, and upcoming events related to the UCoC.

If you haven’t already, please remember to subscribe here if you would like to be notified about future editions of the newsletter, and also leave your username here if you’d like to be contacted to help with translations in the future.

  • Enforcement Draft Guidelines Review - Initial meetings of the drafting committee have helped to connect and align key topics on enforcement, while highlighting prior research around existing processes and gaps within our movement. (continue reading)
  • Targets of Harassment Research - To support the drafting committee, the Wikimedia Foundation has conducted a research project focused on experiences of harassment on Wikimedia projects. (continue reading)
  • Functionaries’ Consultation - Since June, Functionaries from across the various wikis have been meeting to discuss what the future will look like in a global context with the UCoC. (continue reading)
  • Roundtable Discussions - The UCoC facilitation team once again, hosted another roundtable discussion, this time for Korean-speaking community members and participants of other ESEAP projects to discuss the enforcement of the UCoC. (continue reading)
  • Early Adoption of UCoC by Communities - Since its ratification by the Board in February 2021, situations whereby UCoC is being adopted and applied within the Wikimedia community has grown. (continue reading)
  • New Timeline for the Interim Trust & Safety Case Review Committee - The CRC was originally expected to conclude by July 1. However, with the UCoC now expected to be in development until December, the timeline for the CRC has also changed. (continue reading)
  • Wikimania - The UCoC team is planning to hold a moderated discussion featuring representatives across the movement during Wikimania 2021. It also plans to have a presence at the conference’s Community Village. (continue reading)
  • Diff blogs - Check out the most recent publications about the UCoC on Wikimedia Diff blog. (continue reading)

--SOyeyele (WMF) (talk) 16:38, 14 July 2021 (UTC)

Upcoming UCOC/MSG round-table discussion on 17 July 2021 at 15:00 UTC[edit]

Hello,

The Movement Strategy and Governance facilitation team will be hosting round-table discussions for Wikimedians to talk together about the Universal Code of Conduct, Movement Charter, ongoing 2021 Wikimedia Foundation Board Elections, and other Movement Strategy initiatives.

The next call is 17 July 2021 at 15:00 UTC. Conversations will be hosted in at least French, German, Spanish, and English.

The calls will last between 90 and 120 minutes and involve open discussions. The ideas shared during the calls will be summarized for the Wikimedia Foundation teams working on these topics.

We look forward to talking with you. Please see further details and sign up here.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Xeno (WMF) (talk) 23:29, 15 July 2021 (UTC)

Feedback?[edit]

For the proposal of ADD pedia? Best. Ruggtn (talk) 10:14, 16 July 2021 (UTC)

WMF organizational structure[edit]

In the last weeks I have thinked about decision making and how far hierarchy is neccessary for that. After the Wikimedia Foundation does not have an CEO at the moment I have thinked about how far a CEO is needed or if there are other possibilities to make decisions. In the Wikimedia Projects there are only flat hierarchies. In the Wikimedia Foundation there are several levels of staff and so there is a in relation to the Wikimedia projects high hierarchy. From my point of view the currenct situation can be a chance to think about how far it is needed and possible to reorganize the Wikimedia Foundation to make sure that the employees can participate in the decisions to avoid decisions that are done without a clearer understanding of a situation. From my point of view maybe one change could be to create a leader team instead of one CEO to reduce hierarchy. There are examples of companies with several chiefs responsible for different topics. This is from my point of view a good thing. I asked a question on today at the conversation about the Annual Plan if it is planned to implement something like a work council at the Wikimedia Foundation for the representation of the employees and as far as I have understand there are plans to do that. What do you think about the structure of the Wikimedia Foundation. Do you think that there is a lot of hierarchy or not and what do you think about the idea of having a team that leads the Wikimedia Foundation instead of one CEO. As a volunteer I am interested in good working conditions for the employees and I also like that there are low hierarchies at the Wikimedia Foundation. It is from my point of view for employees more atractive to work with low hierarchy if there is a clear mission as it is in the Wikimedia Foundation.--Hogü-456 (talk) 19:42, 26 July 2021 (UTC)

Is it time to leave IRC on freenode.net? Definitely leave?[edit]

Hi.

Is it time to leave IRC on freenode.net? Definitely leave?

Because, now it is required to register, when You want use that server.

ERROR :Closing link: (~NICKk@rDNS) [You must use TLS/SSL and authenticate via SASL to connect to freenode please visit https://irc.com/login/sso in order to create an account. SASL Configuration: https://freenode.net/kb/answer/sasl - Webchat: https://webchat.freenode.net/]

Here is the current situation:

✍️ Dušan Kreheľ (talk) 22:09, 29 July 2021 (UTC)

freenode.net is unofficial now. Look You IRC. ✍️ Dušan Kreheľ (talk) 06:18, 30 July 2021 (UTC)
@Dušan Kreheľ: See IRC/Migrating to Libera Chat. We have shut up shop at Freenode.  — billinghurst sDrewth 07:34, 30 July 2021 (UTC)
Context note: This thread is related to the suggestion for adding a reminder about the migration into next week's Tech/News/2021/31, which is now done. :) Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 19:57, 30 July 2021 (UTC)

Blocking Wikimedia projects in Iran[edit]

Iranian parliament has passed a law according to which the general management of the Internet will be handed over to the armed forces and the situation of the Iranian Internet will become something between North Korea and China.[1] According to the plan, foreign platforms must either be officially active in Iran and comply with the requests of Iran's security agencies or will be blocked. I have no doubt that they will block Wikipedia and all other projects in order to get rid of all its political and sexual content and establish their own controlled encyclopedia. Transparency is needed, what is the foundation's plan for this? --IamMM (talk) 07:08, 31 July 2021 (UTC)

Call for Candidates for the Movement Charter Drafting Committee (Aug 2 - Sept 1, 2021)[edit]

The call for candidates for the Movement Charter Drafting Committee is now open. The full announcement is below. Xeno (WMF) (talk) 15:51, 2 August 2021 (UTC)

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Movement Strategy announces the Call for Candidates for the Movement Charter Drafting Committee. The Call opens August 2, 2021 and closes September 1, 2021.

The Committee is expected to represent diversity in the Movement. Diversity includes gender, language, geography, and experience. This comprises participation in projects, affiliates, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

English fluency is not required to become a member. If needed, translation and interpretation support is provided. Members will receive an allowance to offset participation costs. It is US$100 every two months.

We are looking for people who have some of the following skills:

  • Know how to write collaboratively. (demonstrated experience is a plus)
  • Are ready to find compromises.
  • Focus on inclusion and diversity.
  • Have knowledge of community consultations.
  • Have intercultural communication experience.
  • Have governance or organization experience in non-profits or communities.
  • Have experience negotiating with different parties.

The Committee is expected to start with 15 people. If there are 20 or more candidates, a mixed election and selection process will happen. If there are 19 or fewer candidates, then the process of selection without election takes place.

Will you help move Wikimedia forward in this important role? Submit your candidacy here. Please contact strategy2030(_AT_)wikimedia.org with questions.