If there are oversighters on this list (Fred?), I'd appreciate an
oversight at [[Jessica Valenti], where an anon (188.8.131.52) has
linked to an attack site about her.
I've edited the article a lot myself so I'd prefer not to admin-delete
it, and oversight would be better anyway. I've emailed the oversight
team, but no response yet.
This situation from earlier today has already been resolved, so no drama
is necessary, but I thought I would post one of the diffs here as an
example for discussion:
I think this is a good example of the "unwanted attention" problem that
I've heard about from several female editors. Generally, when people
talk about sexist behavior on Wikipedia, they tend to think of
misogynistic behavior, but I think the unwanted attention/stalking
problem may be just as important. Have others on the list experienced
this problem? How did it affect you? How did you deal with it? Any ideas
for how it can be addressed systematically?
I'll begin teaching: Anthropology, Wikipedia, and Media at a college beginning soon. The textbook is "Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia." I chose it because it covers the Wikipedia world in useful ways, was positively reviewed by Mssr. Wales and Ms. Gardner, and it refers back to classical works and ideas, that are useful for gaining a more integrated understanding of how things have come to be. H.G. Wells comes to mind, as do essays mentioned in the text about problems of structurelessness, altruism, and open source, generally.
Because we are taking an anthropological approach, we'll be aware of gender and diversity issues raised by demographic and other social phenomena, and we'll seek topics, not because they fill a gap, but because students can learn to contribute and feel confident to move forward on their own eventually.
I want to know about IRC also. What became of WikiChix? I see they met and had lunch this year...
I'm interested in corresponding with any other scholars who are teaching Wikipedia to teens and adults. I am in touch with local Ambassadors.
I just wanted to say thank you to kaldari and jeremyb (and possibly kibble?)
for helping out with creating the #wikimedia-gendergap room. The response
has been so awesome so far, and I've been letting people know about the room
via talk pages and word of mouth.
The first 1 1/2 days it was primarily men, and a few women, who liked to
declare "Oh look it's mainly men in the gender gap room". It's proceeded to
balance out :) Within three days we average 14 people in the room. Not to
sound self-centered, but, compared to the conversation of other rooms it's
often on topic and a little bit higher brow. Also very positive.
It's been a great place to get to know people from any identifying gender,
and it's also allowed me to gain a bit more insight into women's editing
habits, activities, hopes and struggles. It's also been cool to see the
brainstorming ideas and projects in the works. From learning about how
WM-NYC had three new female editors come to their meet up yesterday, to how
Raystorm in Spain is planning "girl geek" inspired meetups. I've learned
about female Wikimedians who make amazing maps, who have stopped editing
because of school and are "Regretting letting Wiki fall to the wayside" to
male editors who are having hard times getting their women's history
articles as FA for unfair reasons.
Again, thanks to all who helped make it happen, and I look forward to seeing
you all visit!
GLAMWIKI Partnership Ambassador for the Wikimedia
Wikipedian-in-Residence, Archives of American
Sarah Stierch Consulting
*Historical, cultural & artistic research & advising.*
I wrote a piece for Mashable and mentioned the wikipedia gender issue and
the focus for the foundation!
Search Stereotypes: What Web Content Reveals About Cultural
"Helping you rock out in the virtual, collaborative world."
Just thought I'd drop you a note to let you know that Wikimedia UK have
started collaborating with Girl Geek Dinners in the UK to encourage more
women to edit and to get feedback from women who aren't Wikipedia editors
already on why they haven't started yet.
We had our first dinner last night and it was a roaring success! You can see
the press for it here:
If anyone would like to help out, or if anyone would be interested in giving
feedback and advice for any future dinners we're having, please drop me a
line and let me know. Would love to hear from you. Girl Geeks also do events
in the US so if anyone is interested in helping out there, again, please
drop me a line!
Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and look forward to hearing from you.
We have collected feedback from this event and it will be on the Wikimedia
UK blog soon.
Routledge has kindly offered three months free online access to
Feminist Economics, a peer-reviewed academic journal, for up to 15
Wikimedians. The sign-up sheet is here,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Feminist_Economics and will
open at 22:00 UTC, Monday, August 29.
Please pass the word to anyone you think might be interested.
I am interested in IRC but there are already too many things on
to suggest for an about an hour long meeting, so if you want to talk
about solutions on IRC, please pick your top solution ideas you want
to talk about.
My top two on that list are:
1. Girl Scouts partnership, US and internationally
2. Improve articles on birth control in the Simple English Wikipedia
Here are two new ideas that may not be on the proposals list yet:
3. Angela Santomero -- http://angelasclues.com/ -- has access to PBS
public service announcement production facilities and she might be
willing to support ads that encourage girls to try editing.
4. I'd also like to understand more about how people feel about
plagiarism guidance to teachers. I've not put it on the list yet, but
with the recently announced statistic that 30% of prolific editors
started out vandalizing, I'm not sure we can rule out student
plagiarists as a potential gender balanced source of new editors the
Foundation could recruit by issuing formal guidance to teachers. Such
guidance might look like, "...Foundation recommends that students
caught plagiarizing from Wikimedia sites be assigned to improve (the
plagiarized) articles on the site (no matter how slightly) so that
they might become familiar with improving wiki articles."