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).
Because of an offline discussion about the 1000 odd death threats I got
directly through the Wikimedia Foundation email system and my failure to
remember personally contacting them (as opposed to admins) about it, I
decided to see if the Harassment article mentioned that option.
I did a little research and found it was not til July 22, 2015 that the
harassment article section on "threats" provided a link to the WP:Essay
that specifically advises this!
Now why can't the threats section include that info? Certain some
well-connected editors have learned how to work that angle with the
foundation for even minor issues...
There's a huge section on what to do about threats of legal action, but
zilch on death threats. Pretty absurd... Safe space, NOT!!*
*Of course, there's a difference between legitimate safe space from
actual direct insults or threats of harm and the absurd degree of
hypersensitivity now a days where there are trigger warnings on any
opinion that someone might disagree with and protests against opinions
that just aren't politically correct enough... but don't get me started...
A lot of articles about it lately have exposed the absurdities and
hypocrisy of some individuals and groups. And I can understand the fear
of some male wikipedians they will be exposed to the most extreme
varieties. It also gives the most oppressive guys an excuse to label
minor and legitimate demands for safe space as "extremist." ("You
extremist, you want to mention contacting the Foundation on the
Glad I'm not in college! Or any "progressive" political groups any more.
Especially now that I am finally free of having to be a "good girl" on
Wikipedia and can engage in anti-establishment mockery and sarcasm in my
writings/artistic endeavors without worrying about wikistalkers slamming
me all over Wikipedia ;-)
May be of interest to some?
Information School | University of Washington
On 9/23/15, 9:58 AM, "Sobieraj, Sarah" <Sarah.Sobieraj(a)tufts.edu> wrote:
>Hello Everyone- -
>I have been quietly enjoying the contributions to this list for the last
>year, it¹s fantastic, thank you. This is only my second utterance, and
>it¹s a request for help (some people, right?).
>At any rate, I am a sociologist working on a book project on the way
>gender-based attacks against women online shape public discourse. The
>research is specifically studying women who enter public discourse
>sharing their work or ideas (e.g., journalists, bloggers, academics,
>public figures, etc.) and face a distinctly gendered backlash. This
>digital misogyny generally includes some combination of gendered and
>often racialized name-calling, rape threats, hostile use of pornographic
>imagery, remarks about their presumed sexual behavior or interests,
>demeaning gender stereotypes, and unsolicited commentary about their
>physical appearance, among other things. My focal interest for the
>project is in the way this harassment shapes women¹s political voice and
>Members of this list are much more well aware than most of how prevalent
>this kind of response is, and I¹m hoping you might be able to help me.
>Thus far, I have interviewed a range of women ‹ some of them are low
>profile folks who have faced gendered hostilities in their personal use
>of platforms such as tumblr or twitter, but I have also interviewed women
>with higher visibility whose work puts them in the position of dealing
>with this kind of thing routinely (e.g., writers for national
>publications and high traffic websites), as well as a few women whose
>harassment itself has captured national attention.
>I¹m looking to interview (in-depth, semi structured, confidential) more
>women. If you know someone who has had to cope with digital sexism in
>response to their participation in public discourse (videos, tweets, blog
>posts, articles, media appearances, political speeches, etc.), and you
>think they might be open to learning more about the research, I would
>very much appreciate it if you could email me privately:
>Thank you in advance for your help.
>associate professor of sociology
"Meanwhile, these college feminist Wikipedia attacks have become
something of a regular thing: (Conservative woman author lists "examples")"
We'll see if they post my reply... ;-)
Please see this call for papers at Oxford University. Closing time for
submissions is this Sunday, conference is on 22-23 January 2016.
Maybe WMUK could sponsor a short talk about their work resurrecting the
women of the Royal Society?
I was thinking of going in relation to my work on women artists (but
perhaps they are restricted to literary works).