to WMF should remain nonpublic unless the user gives consent to the
contrary. The policy states that "We may share your information for a
particular purpose, if you agree." Otherwise emails are considered
personal information and their redistribution is restricted. See
So, please do not take the view that "Otherwise, we will consider them
public" if you do not hear back from someone who has contacted you.
The general practice in the community is that emails are considered private
"Private" doesn't mean absolutely private, for example it's common for
members of certain committees to circulate emails among themselves,
but those emails don't usually get forwarded outside of the group or
republished without opt-in permission from the sender. Similarly, WMF
may circulate emails internally.
User privacy is a big deal in this community. Perhaps you know more
announced plans are inconsistent with the current and draft policies.
Fortunately, that is easy to fix in this situation.
I am glad you have taken an interest in the experiences of new editors. (:
Date: Thu, 29 May 2014 11:22:21 -0800
From: Lila Tretikov <lila(a)wikimedia.org>
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Edit #1 and Challenge #1
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It'd be wonderful to be able to share these stories publicly in the future.
I'm going to reach out to those who have already shared their experiences
with me to confirm they're comfortable with sharing. If you're not
comfortable with sharing your story, or want to withhold your name, please
let me know in your email. Otherwise, we will consider them public, so we
can build on your experiences and share them widely!