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).
The Community Engagement department has launched a new learning campaign
to gather community impressions about what makes a healthy community
online. Users can contribute by answering one of six questions or
submitting a drawing.
*Why take part in this campaign?*
The world is changing. The way we relate to knowledge is transforming. As
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I thought this topic could be of special interest to those of you working
to close the gender gap, because so many of these topics are on your daily
discussions. Your views in this campaign would be highly appreciated =)
*Go to campaign page.*
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What it says on the tin.
Even though I was present at Wikimania, I heard very, very little about the
Ally Skills workshop, even when I asked participants about it. (In fact I
don't think I got a straight answer to a single question about it.)
Given the interest about this workshop on this list, and the fact that
several of us would have liked to attend but had other commitments (whether
or not at Wikimania), I think many of us would like to hear at least some
bare-bones feedback about the session.
How many attendees? Male/female ratio? Key themes? Are any of the
participants comfortable in saying whether they felt they came away from
the session with new tools or skills that they feel will be useful?
I'm going to be honest, the silence about this well-supported experiment
has me very curious.
"For their latest study, published in the journal PLOS One last week,
[Michael Kasumovic and Jeffrey Kuznekoff, researchers at the University of
New South Wales and Miami University, respectively] watched how men treated
women during 163 plays of the video game Halo 3.
"As they watched the games play out and tracked the comments that players
made to each other, the researchers observed that — no matter their skill
level, or how the game went — men tended to be pretty cordial to each
other. Male players who were good at the game also tended to pay
compliments to other male and female players.
"Some male players, however — the ones who were less-skilled at the game,
and performing worse relative their peers — made frequent, nasty comments
to the female gamers. In other words, sexist dudes are *literally* losers."
Which really is about the limitations that society (patriarchy) tries to
impose on women and girls saying NO! Good one to play at beginning of
(or encourage people to watch before) workshops or whatever...
The best that commercial advertising can be... (even better than buy the
world a coke :-)
I was starting to get confused about the multiplicity of links lately,
some of which are a bit confusing.
I don't have the energy to figure it all out and update
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap#Participate at the moment.
Descriptions of the differences are necessary. Including gender gap
subprojects of larger projects like Wikimania, 2015 USA conference, etc.
Starting new projects on Wikimedia because old ones don't have enough
energy can be useful; but sometimes you just have to beef up or expand
or whatever the old one. (Which is a general statement cause right now
there are so many.
Speaking of 2015 USA
conferencehttp://wikiconferenceusa.org/wiki/2015/Organizing_Team has a
real good group of people and hopefully we can get some good workshops
I might even be pursuaded to show up since it's in DC. The whole
Wikipedia experience is just one more sexist/ageist thing that made me
antisocial in my old age, I'm afraid. booo hoooo ;-)
Apologies for cross-posting
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From: Carlos M. Colina <maorx(a)wikimedia.org.ve>
Date: Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 12:24 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of WikiWomen's User Group
I am pleased and honoured to announce on behalf of the Affiliations
Committe the recognition  of a new member of the family of Wikimedia
affiliates: The WikiWomen's User Group. Among their goals are providing a
collaborative space for women to work on projects, discuss gender-related
issues (but not limited to) and work towards the increase in content and
Please, join us in welcoming them!! :-)
"*Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
Carlos M. Colina
Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | www.wikimedia.org.ve <
Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
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