After reading an interesting related discussion on GenderGap, I have
queried the top 10 users of the thanks feature last month, on both the
English Wikipedia and Commons. Snapshot image attached and report link
Perhaps someone might think of a suitable barnstar and award these
folks for "being nice"? :-)
P.S. This is a long query to run, taking 20 to 30 minutes due to the
nature of the logging tables. However if someone wanted to make a
monthly summary on-wiki somewhere, part of an active "be nice"
campaign, I would be happy to set up an automated monthly report (if
someone discovers this is already reported somewhere, that's cool we
can use that).
You might be interested in this post just published on the Wikimedia Blog
from Sydney Poore:
We've also shared on Facebook and are trying to support productive,
respectful conversations there, in case anyone would like to
comment. Unsurprisingly, these topics are often met with unsavory comments
on Facebook, so we're keeping a close eye on this post. Any constructive
comments on Facebook or on the blog post itself would help keep it a
welcoming, open place for everyone to discuss.
A big thanks to Sydney for her contribution!
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Just noticed this voting requirement:
"... An editor is *eligible* to vote who:...(i) has registered an account
before 28 October 2015"
Reading between the lines, I would guess that means before October 27,
23:59 PM UTC (just type "time UTC" into Google).
You have until Saturday (Halloween) night to complete the second
requirement: "...at least 150 mainspace edits before 1 November 2015".
What is a "mainspace edit"? I never did understand the "space" thing, but
if it helps any, WP:MAINSPACE redirects to "WP:What is an article?" If
anyone is looking for a quick way to get in 150 edits, you might try a
little gnoming with the Visual Editor--it has some new functionality with
repairing and wikifying links.
I'm glad to see the uptick in the number of high profile gender gap
discussions in the past few months. I hope that this will give the theme
some momentum that leads to meaningful improvements in the civility on
Wikimedia and a variety of our community health statistics.
There's a piece in the NYTimes about Ruth Ginsburg, a jurist on the US
Supreme Court, that may be of some interest to members of this mailing
list. While I have varying views of her court decisions, I think the
overview of her leadership methodology is relevant to our discussions here.
See also the editorial in today's Signpost. Gamaliel goes a little further
in some of his statements than I would have, but I'm glad to see this
editorial appear shortly after Frank Schulenburg's editorial about civility.
I'm also hoping that the WMF maneuvering to address the harassment issue
will start to show results soon.
So, I'd say the trend in the public dialogue gives cause for hope.
Hi all -
I'll be circulating this to multiple lists, in part to ensure that
everyone is aware of both the importance and ability of ENWP's
arbitration committee, and in part to ensure that everyone who is
eligible to vote is aware that they are eligible to vote, and aware
that their votes are anonymous - and aware of how significantly they
can count. Although oppose votes do carry more weight than neutral
votes or support votes, in our last tranche of elections (which had a
steep decline in voters from previous elections,) an arbitrator was
elected with only 227 support votes, and a total of only 593 votes
cast in relation to that arb in general.
The arbitration committee has, for all practical purposes, binding
decision making ability on all matter that come before the English
Wikipedia. For members of that committee to have been elected on the
basis of only 227 support votes seems (sorry to the arb in question
for using him as an example) absolutely bizarre to me. The
arbitration committee is the body ultimately responsible for ensuring
the health of ENWP's community, including on issues of gender,
harrassment, and everything else. I'm not going to suggest who you
vote for (especially because another three weeks of nominations are
coming in,) but if you are concerned about the state of ENWP's
community, please take the minimal time necessary to scrutinize
candidate statements and cast your anonymous votes according to those
candidates who you believe are most likely to represent your
In comparison with the 227 positive votes and the 593 total votes that
an arbitrator was actually elected with last year, this list alone has
over 400 members, most of whom are eligible to vote in arbcom
elections. Again, I'll be circulating this (or a very similar
message) around to multiple other lists, and won't be making direct
suggestions or endorsements of candidates on-list, although I may
compile a voter candidate guide on-wiki when all nominations are in.
If you meet the fairly minimal requirements to ote, please take the
fairly minimal time out of your day once elections start to cast your
anonymous votes in favor of the candidates who best supports your
interests and the interests of the community - and I know that even on
this list, there are certainly people who will disagree with me about
what candidates will be represent the interests of the community, and
am totally fine with that - vote how you want to vote. But vote!
ENWP's final ruling body shouldn't be determined by a small fraction
of eligible voters who will all be effected by the decisions our next
These are literally the only requirements to vote in the English
Arbcom's upcoming elections:
"(i) has registered an account before 28 October 2015
(ii) has made at least 150 mainspace edits before 1 November 2015
and,(iii) is not blocked from the English Wikipedia at the time of
(iii) is not blocked from the English Wikipedia at the time of their vote."
If you meet those requirements, please consider the candidates and
their position statements and their answers to questions, and vote for
whatever candidates best think represent how you would like the future
of ENWP's community to be.