[Foundation-l] [WikiEN-l] Introducing a new mailing list

phoebe ayers phoebe.wiki at gmail.com
Mon Dec 4 16:20:20 UTC 2006

On 12/4/06, Kat Walsh <mindspillage at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 12/4/06, Matt R <matt_crypto at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> > Any idea to make Wikipedia a more comfortable place for people to get
> involved
> > is a worthy one, and I support a forum for editors to discuss issues of
> gender
> > bias in wikis, to promote wikis to potential female editors, and for
> general
> > discussion of wikis in a female-friendly environment.
> >
> > However, I have to confess to being unhappy with the existence of an
> > officially-endorsed *females-only* mailing list and wiki. Discussion
> isn't
> > enabled by segregating the people who should be talking to each other
> about a
> > problem, and I do not think Wikipedia should be in the business of
> excluding
> > people from discussions because of their gender. WikiChix can still be
> made a
> > female-friendly forum by use of moderation.
> >
> > Ubuntu Women say, "Ubuntu-Women is not about segregation of women,
> rather its
> > goal is to integrate women as equals within the mainstream development
> going on
> > in the Ubuntu world. Remember, membership is open to all and not based
> on
> > gender alone. If you want to increase diversity and encourage women in
> Linux
> > please don't hesitate to speak to us."
> >
> > I urge you to follow their example, but otherwise keep up the good work,
> I second this completely.
> -Kat

Yes, on second thought I'm not happy with the list being female-only either;
though that's perhaps a discussion to have on the new list itself.
Moderation and a commitment to the discussion at hand seems like it would do
the trick.
-- phoebe

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