Oh, and I should mention that the proposal at
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T149665 is orthogonal to the good work in
connection with the Community Wishlist described by Patrick.  There will
also be dev summit sessions for wishlist items which receive a large number
of votes, so by all means participate in the wishlist and vote up proposals
which you feel will make a meaningful impact on the safety of our
community.  The discussion I hope to lead at T149665 would be focused on
more fundamental changes to the platform, such as the UX affordances
required if we were ever to allow real-time chat between users on our

On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 5:30 PM, C. Scott Ananian <canan...@wikimedia.org>

> I hope to continue this discussion, focusing on technical
> features/UX/affordances, at the 2017 Dev Summit in January.  I welcome
> comments & ideas at https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T149665.
>   --scott
> On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 3:18 PM, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org>
> 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:
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_
>> noticeboard/November_2016_-_Statement_on_Healthy_Community
>> _Culture,_Inclusivity,_and_Safe_Spaces
>> 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] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Harassment_survey_2015
>> 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:
>> http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/10/22/online-harassment/
>> [2] 2015 WMF Harassment Survey, found at:
>> https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/52/Harassme
>> nt_Survey_2015_-_Results_Report.pdf
>> Christophe HENNER
>> Chair of the board of trustees
>> chen...@wikimedia.org
>> +33650664739
>> twitter *@schiste*        skype *christophe_henner*
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