[Foundation-l] FW: [Wikitech-l] proposed tech conference anti-harassment policy

Mr. Gregory Varnum gregory.varnum at gmail.com
Sat Jan 21 23:33:48 UTC 2012

I fully supported this policy's development and feel volunteers impacted by it were directly involved in its authoring.

Should the intro be modified to make it clearer this is for tech conferences? Although I personally didn't find that confusing.

MZMcBride - I guess I'm unclear what the purpose of this thread is. Just a FYI or are you asking for something specific to be done? I'm not sure how you got confused about its scope given the listserv you forwarded this from which outlined all this in great depth already.

A separate discussion - not on this thread - about similar or broader policies for use outside the Wikimedia developer community seems appropriate and I'd agree this list is the right forum for that discussion. I don't think it's the best place for a discussion on this particular policy.


Sent from my iPhone. Apologies for any typos. A more detailed response may be sent later.

On Jan 21, 2012, at 6:19 PM, Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 21, 2012 at 5:32 PM, MZMcBride <z at mzmcbride.com> wrote:
>> Sumana Harihareswara wrote:
>>> Thanks to all of you for your feedback on this.  We've now finalized the
>>> policy and it now lives at
>>> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Friendly_space_policy
> Thank you for working on this, Sumana.
>> I don't think the Volunteer Development Coordinator (or any Wikimedia
>> Foundation employee) has the power or authority to institute policies like
>> this, particularly Wikimedia-wide.
> Perhaps you misread the width of this policy.
> Staff can and generally do set policies affecting WMF-run processes
> and events.
> Most have not to date been recorded on the wmfwiki; it is good to see
> that change.
>> I'm inclined to move this into Sumana's user space for now. It seems like a
>> straightforward policy to have, so it shouldn't be too much trouble to have
>> an accompanying Board resolution, though some of the language will
>> undoubtedly need to be tweaked first.
> It is fine where it is.
> As for the right place to post comments or suggestions related to such
> policies: we should turn on comments for the talk pages on the
> wmfwiki.  Most if not all of the pages there could use some sort of
> polishing and updating over time.
> Sam.
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