I am pleased to announce the launch of the third Inspire Campaign for IdeaLab, focused on addressing harassment of Wikimedia project contributors:


Harassment diminishes the experience of contributing and participation for a substantial number of individuals, even those who simply witness it.  Current methods of dealing with harassment are considered unacceptable as they often do not lead to productive outcomes.[1]

During the month-long campaign, you are invited to submit & review ideas on how to better address harassment. Consider joining a team to help make an idea happen.  Ideas can be submitted in any language, and focus on research, building tools or software, outreach efforts, or something completely new.  Grants are available from the Wikimedia Foundation to fund projects that are eligible for financial support.[2]  Ideas focused on changes to community policies and guidelines are also welcome.  Google Hangout sessions are also scheduled in June if you’d like to discuss your idea or have questions about WMF grants.[3]

Questions about the campaign can be directed at the Inspire talk page.[4]  An FAQ page about the campaign is also available.[5]

If you want to help make your projects safer for everyone to participate in, I encourage you to participate in this Inspire Campaign.  I believe we can work together to address this difficult and important issue.

With thanks,

Chris "Jethro" Schilling 
I JethroBT (WMF)
Community Organizer, Wikimedia Foundation

[1] <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Harassment_Survey_2015_-_Results_Report.pdf>
[2] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Start>
[3] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Events>
[4] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:IdeaLab/Inspire>
[5] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire/FAQ>