I agree with what others have said and wanted to add that these are increasingly common at
conferences I've attended.
I feel it's a proactive approach to addressing this problem. Conveys community
expectations in a fair, balanced and direct way. Provides an important fallback for folks
fearing retaliation for reporting harassment, etc. Plus organizers of events unsure of
their footing on handling issues like this. Having had the opportunity to help with
anti-bullying legislation, I'm pleased that it falls within a lot of recommendations
made by folks who were studying this behavior before Wikipedia was even a twinkle in
Jimbo's eyes. :)
Kudos for drafting it and being thoughtful / intentional enough to modify for Wikimedia
usage. I can honestly say I haven't see licensing preferences as an enumerated
category before. :)
I agree with Chad - it's a good candidate for wider Wikimedia use. Perhaps aude and
others within WMDC can consider this for Wikimania as well?
-greg aka varnent
Lead, Aequalitas Project
Lead Administrator, WikiQueer
Founding Principal, VarnEnt
What if you need more attention and want to be
Amir: Also, SVN does kinda suck :P
Seriously though, this looks great.
I've been fortunate enough to not have been harassed at a conference much
more than being trolled on occasion, but I think that's a more borderline
case that doesn't quite warrant any serious actions.
That said, I think there's an excuse game that gets played a lot. When I've
expressed concern in the past I've often been told things like like "yeah,
but they are a really good contributor, that's just how they are, deal with
it" or "they're [enter country of origin here], that's just how they
deal with it".
This lays some ground rules that are fair in any venue around the world.
Thanks for putting this together.
On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM, Amir E. Aharoni <
2012/1/12 Chad <innocentkiller(a)gmail.com>
On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM, David Gerard <dgerard(a)gmail.com>
> On 12 January 2012 16:00, Sumana
>> The Wikimedia Foundation is dedicated to a harassment-free conference
>> experience for everyone. I'm proposing a fairly short and standard
>> anti-harassment policy of the type that's becoming best practice for
>> tech conferences and hackathons.
>> Draft: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Sumanah/AHP
> Nice one :-) A candidate for WMF and wider Wikimedia events in
I don't see anything preventing harassment over choice of DBMS ;-)
In all seriousness, i was harassed more than once IRL and online for
saying that SVN doesn't suck as much as die-hard Git fans say it does.
This policy can say "preferred technology" in addition to "Creative
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