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

Guillaume Paumier guillom.pom at gmail.com
Mon Dec 4 17:15:20 UTC 2006


On 12/4/06, Matt R <matt_crypto at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> Angela,
> 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,
> -- Matt

I fully support this opinion. Although this have surely been done in good
faith, I refuse to consider segregation as a good solution to a problem.

Guillaume Paumier
Disciplus Simplex
http://fr.wikipedia.org : Resistance is futile — You will be assimilated.

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