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activities and resources.” We have worked in the past two quarters to
create a single point of entry. We call it the Wikimedia Resource Center,
and its alpha version is now live on Meta Wikimedia:
As the movement expands to include more affiliates and more programmatic
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in the movement and its various channels for requesting support. In order
to expand Wikimedia communities’ efforts, we want to provide easy access to
resources that support their very important work. The [[m:Wikimedia
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This version of the Resource Center is only the beginning. For phase two of
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Communications and Outreach Project Manager, Community Engagement
I would like to starts a discussion on women only events. How are they perceived and do they generate antagonism? I have always organized mixed events, until the first of march 2017, where an Art+feminism editathon was hosted by an LGBT lesbian association in Geneva, and I announced it on the French Bistrot here (among other Art+Feminism events that were all inclusive)
I did not want to impose other rules than theirs on their surroundings,so I announced a woman only event for one of the 4 events organized. Some members of the community disagreed and reacted strongly (although I can’t say all were extremely respectful this is just normal bread when dealing with the gender gap) but one was so stunning and persistant (he was blocked in the end and now has a topic ban) that this generated the thought that we might need to reflect more on safe spaces and organize such events more systematically, in each conference and each Wikimania, until this is no issue any more. I remember attending the women only picnic at Wikimania in Esino Lario and being confronted with a different attitude: there it only seemed normal.
What do you think and what is your experience on this issue? I am interested to know all points of vue provided they are formulated with respect.
Nattes à chat (mostly active on les sans pages on the French wiki)
An English Wikipedia gender neutral policy, similar to the one
developed for Commons, is now under "lively" discussion in a Requests
for Comment started this afternoon. You can read the proposed policy
and join in by adding your viewpoint at:
Full link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requests_for_comment/RfC_to_adopt_a…
Some of the comments may be upsetting for some readers. I've actually
been a bit surprised. If it's too much drama for you, go focus on
something more fun.
Wikimedia LGBT+ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_LGBT+
On 5 April 2017 at 11:44, Fæ <faewik(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> * https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump#Defaulting_to_gende…
> One of the outcomes from my weekend at the Wikimedia Conference in
> Berlin, was that the various discussions over /feeling/ more welcoming
> in our language presumptions for non-male contributors made me think
> about taking some practical steps on my home project. Commons is lucky
> that having a standard policy language of English makes it easier to
> use neutral gender in policy statements. I'm taking that further by
> proposing that we stick to a neutral gender for all our policies and
> help pages. In practice this means that policies avoid using "he or
> she" and stick to "they" or avoid using a pronoun at all. I'm hoping
> that the outcome will feel like a much more natural space for people
> like me that prefer to stay gender neutral, possibly give a slightly
> safer feeling to the project by the very act of making the effort, as
> well as avoiding an over-emphasis on binary gender when it's pretty
> easy to simply avoid it.
> Comments are welcome on the specific proposal, or you may have ideas
> for other local projects to do something similar. I'm aware that this
> is much more difficult to make progress on in languages such as German
> or Spanish that have a presumption of male/female gender within their
> vocabulary, so any cases of on-project initiatives in non-English
> would be especially interesting. Solving these challenges is an
> opportunity to make our projects a leader on gender neutrality...
Just found out about this. I wonder if they'll break down and hire at
least 1/2 professional FEMALE journalists.
I hope that the most biased Wikipedia male trolls will not be among the
New project for whatever Gender Gap projects in Wikimedia are most
effective. (Anyone want to do an analysis of those projects? I confess
I'm way out of the loop.)
The homepage of the website states: "Articles are authored,
fact-checked, and verified by professional journalists and community
members working side by side as equals, and supported not primarily by
advertisers, but by readers who care about good journalism enough to
become monthly supporters."
I'm new to this list, this is my first post.
If Wikipedia is a boy's club, Wiktionary is an uber boy's club. It *so*
desperately needs people interested in addressing systemic bias.
Every time I try to make completely legitimate fixes to address systemic
bias of the male privilege variety (for example,
it is reverted very quickly (in the just-referenced case, within 10
minutes). Then a fight must ensue in which I'm accused of being things like
"dishonest", "disrespectful" and 'railing'. The person in this case has
demonstrated his double standards in his edit summary and in his comments
to me on his talk page, and that is absolutely (unfortunately) the norm
amongst long-term Wiktionary editors.
It is incredibly demoralising. My contributions to Wiktionary include
adding etymologies, adding quotations, all with absolutely no gender issues
involved, yet none of that work is ever recognised in any way, and I'm
treated like a resented interloper. The majority of long-term Wiktionary
editors seem to bitterly resent the very suggestion of addressing systemic
bias. It is a really, really nasty little uber boy's club in there. Which I
realise may not encourage anyone to join, I'm just being honest.
"A Call to Men UK has 55 coaches working in schools, youth justice
departments and youth centres across Worcestershire. The organisation has
one principal aim, explains development manager Michael Conroy: to spark a
'cultural shift in the way boys relate to girls', and through this to
prevent violence against women and girls.... 'As a culture it’s time that
we gave our young men permission to be complex, sensitive and happy human
beings who transmit positivity and respect to others'.” 
They have a program "for young men from 11-19", which if you think about
it, is pretty much the demographic of Wikimedia's admins and functionaries.
This is all the more interesting right now because of the recent Newmark
Foundation grant to combat harassment, which it seems is to be used for
developing more forceful blocking tools for admins and functionaries "with
the participation and support of the volunteers who will be using the
tools". If anyone has not seen the Susan J Fowler / Uber piece on
harassment that has started going viral in the last 24 hours, it is
didn't do anything because the manager who threatened me was a 'high
performer.'"  Sound familiar? This happened in a company with HR
oversight; Wikimedia admins and functionaries have no oversight at all.