I have been asked by the Wikimedia Foundation to complete a survey about
the draft Enforcement Guidelines
for the Universal Code of Conduct. In particular, they are seeking input
about whether or not it is necessary to hold a final ratification process
with communities and affiliates. The survey also asks us to highlight any
concerns about the draft guidelines.
My understanding is that there will be one survey for each affiliate to
complete, rather than multiple responses. Given that, I want to make sure
that I respond in a way that best reflects the views of UK volunteers and
contributors, not just me and the staff team. I have some questions and
comments about the guidelines, but moreover I do think that there should be
a ratification process involving the people who will be required to
formally consent to the Code (who are listed here
If you are at all interested in/looking forward to/concerned by the
introduction of the Universal Code of Conduct, this is an opportunity to
express your views. It would therefore be useful to know your thoughts on
any or all of the following points, ideally by the end of next week (3rd
- To what extent you think that the draft Enforcement Guidelines are
- If you have any concerns about the draft guidelines and the
- If you think there should be a final ratification of the guidelines
for communities and affiliates
Please note that these questions are specifically about the
draft Enforcement Guidelines, not the Universal Code of Conduct itself.
Thanks and best wishes
Wikimedia UK <https://beta.wikimedia.org.uk/> is the national chapter for
the global Wikimedia open knowledge movement.
Wikimedia UK is a Registered Charity No.1144513.Company Limited by
Guarantee registered in England and Wales, Registered No. 6741827.
Registered Office Ground Floor, Europoint, 5 - 11 Lavington Street, London
Following Katie's email last month, I would like to warmly invite you to an
online meeting next Tuesday 9th November from 3 to 5pm, to explore the
future strategy of Wikimedia UK and discuss how the chapter can best serve
its community of volunteers, contributors and members. I will be
facilitating the call but there will be other staff and trustees attending,
including our new Chair, Monisha Shah. This is a key opportunity to help
shape the future direction of Wikimedia UK, and I would love to see as many
of you there as possible.
The draft agenda for the meeting is as follows:
Welcome and introductions
Welcome to Monisha Shah, Chair of the Board
Overview of process for developing our next three year strategy
‘Wouldn’t it be fantastic if...’ Working in groups then feeding back
Focus on community: How can WMUK best serve volunteers?
Reflection on the key strategic themes emerging so far
As part of the process of developing our next three year strategy, we have
held away days with the board and staff team. From these discussions, the
following key themes have emerged, which we believe should be core to our
programme development and delivery over the next three years:
Underpinning our delivery is a set of (draft) strategic pillars, which we
believe will help us to achieve the change we want to make in the world.
These core themes are:
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Organisational resilience and sustainability
Following the meeting next week, I will share the draft strategic framework
for 2022 - 2025 for asynchronous feedback. However I think there is real
value in discussion, and I’m particularly keen to hear how Wikimedia UK can
best (and better) serve our community going forward.
Please sign up in advance by adding your name here
<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Strategy_meeting_2022-2025> or emailing
If you have any questions or suggestions about the draft agenda, do feel
free to get in touch!
Thanks and best wishes
Me again, bear with me...
I emailed the list a while back about the IT Development pages, the issues
with the Wiki etc. - I've seen today a number of edits (e.g.
https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Special:Diff/82820) which attempt to
potentially explain the changes, but fall a bit short, as I initially
suggested here (https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Special:Diff/82828).
I've attempted to fix some of the bigger issues with the wiki (
but a lot boils down to the fact you're using a very old, insecure version
of MediaWiki and PHP (
In regards to my comments about approaching the WMF to host the Wiki, I had
this task pointed out to me (https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T58938)
which I found odd, especially some of the comments by your volunteers.
I do not understand why Wikimedia UK migrated from a free, secure, managed
MediaWiki installation to a VPS which I assume is either donated or is
costing the charity money, and which isn't kept up to date?
This doesn't strike me as an effective use of charity funds and volunteer
time, and has unfortunately resulted in a MediaWiki install which is
outdated and insecure (see CVE-2019-12468
<https://nvd.nist.gov/vuln/detail/CVE-2019-12468> as just one example of an
exploit against the currently installed version).
As the UK chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation, running this MediaWiki
installation is likely to "negatively impact the work or image of the
Foundation" if exploited. Could someone please help me in understanding the
decisions which led to moving away from the WMF infrastructure? Was there a
conflict of mission?
I appreciate I am "causing waves" here, and I *honestly don't want to be* -
Wikimedia UK has been a charity I've supported for quite some time, you do
great work and I thank you for your commitment to open access to knowledge!
How can we work together to resolve this? I'm fairly available this week
and would be more than happy to chat with someone about how we can fix this.