Thank you Christophe and the rest of the Wikimedia Foundation trustees
for dedicating time and thought to this important topic.

I'm optimistic that if we collaborate together as a community we can
make a difference in the level of harassment on Wikimedia projects and
maybe even other parts of the internet.

Sydney Poore

On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 3:18 PM, Christophe Henner <> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> As many of you know, over the past couple of years the Wikimedia Foundation
> has taken a focused look at community health—particularly in regards to
> harassment. The Foundation's Board has been monitoring and discussing this
> issue over the past year with great interest. We have prepared a statement
> offering our thoughts on this topic, and providing a clear mandate for the
> Foundation’s leadership to fully engage on this issue.
> Our statement is below and has been posted on Meta-Wiki, where it is set up
> for translation:
> Since the Foundation was established, we have been invested in building a
> positive community culture. As part of these efforts, we have monitored the
> projects for instances of harassment, escalating our capacity to respond in
> recent years. Thanks to the work of the Foundation's Support and Safety
> Team, we now have data in the form of the 2015 Harassment Survey[1] about
> the nature of the issue. This has enabled us to identify key areas of
> concern, and step up our response appropriately. This research shows that
> harassment has a negative impact on participation in our projects. This has
> implications for our ability to collect, share, and disseminate free
> knowledge in support of the Wikimedia vision. Our statement speaks to the
> Board's duty to help the Foundation fulfill its mission.
> The Board is committed to making our communities safer and will not accept
> harassment and toxic behavior on Wikimedia projects. We believe this matter
> deserves the Foundation's attention and resources, and have confirmed this
> responsibility at our latest Board meeting on November 13th. The questions
> that lay before us all now are how to best address this threat, rather than
> if we should attempt to do so.
> The Board especially appreciates and applauds the work being done to
> address this important issue by many community leaders across the movement
> and teams within the Foundation. We look forward to seeing this cooperative
> work not only continue, but expand. Finally, we encourage everyone who is
> interested in helping the Foundation address this threat to our vision and
> mission to engage in the upcoming discussions around this issue.
> On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees,
> Christophe Henner, Board Chair
> María Sefidari, Board Vice Chair
> [1]
> Statement by the Wikimedia Board on Healthy Community Culture, Inclusivity,
> and Safe Spaces
> At our Board meeting on November 13, and in Board meetings in September and
> June, we spent considerable time discussing the issues of harassment and
> hostility on the internet generally, and more specifically on the Wikimedia
> projects.
> This is an important issue. Approximately 40% of internet users, and 70% of
> women internet users, have personally experienced harassment.[1] Of people
> who have reported experiencing harassment on Wikimedia projects, more than
> 50% reported decreasing their participation in our community.[2] Based on
> this and other research, we conclude that harassment and toxic behavior on
> the Wikimedia projects negatively impacts the ability of the Wikimedia
> projects to collect, share, and disseminate free knowledge. This behavior
> is contrary to our vision and mission.
> Our communities deserve safe spaces in which they can contribute
> productively and debate constructively. It is our belief that the Wikimedia
> Foundation should be proactively engaged in eliminating harassment,
> promoting inclusivity, ensuring a healthier culture of discourse, and
> improving the safety of Wikimedia spaces. We request management to dedicate
> appropriate resources to this end.
> We urge every member of the Wikimedia communities to collaborate in a way
> that models the Wikimedia values of openness and diversity, step forward to
> do their part to stop hostile and toxic behavior, support people who have
> been targeted by such behavior, and help set clear expectations for all
> contributors.
> [1] 2014 Pew Research Center Study, found at:
> [2] 2015 WMF Harassment Survey, found at:
> Christophe HENNER
> Chair of the board of trustees
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