Welcome Esra’a! And thank you Cristian for remming us all, about one of the (non-written :-) core values of Wikimedia. From the very beginning of the movement the idea that people can participate anonymously and that we respect privacy has been important. Lets keep it this way.
- Teemu > On 2 Dec 2017, at 6.31, Cristian Consonni <crist...@balist.es> wrote: > > On 01/12/2017 23:22, Michael Peel wrote: >> Thank you, Esra’a, for volunteering! > > Welcome,Esra'a! > >> However, I’m very concerned by this: >> >> "P.S. Due to the nature of Esra’a’s work, sharing photos or videos of Esra’a >> may endanger her safety or the safety of others. To help ensure the privacy >> and safety of Esra’a and her colleagues, we are not sharing any photographs >> or videos of Esra'a. We ask that you please join us in supporting this >> important safety consideration.” >> >> This is security by obscurity (https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q133735) - >> which is at best a temporary measure that won’t last, particularly in a >> high-profile position like this. Aside from the potential media coverage, >> Wikimedia events are very well photographed by Wikimedians who want to >> illustrate a rather well-read encyclopaedia… This leads to an awkward >> situation where someone’s safety and Wikimedia’s openness are conflicting, >> which is not OK. > > Sorry, but I have to disagree, Mike. > > Openness - as generally understood in Wikimedia - does not conflict with > respecting someone's privacy, much less so with not endangering their > safety. I believe that respecting the privacy and anonymity of our > editors (and readers, as well) is a value of Wikimedia. > > Furthermore, I feel that Wikimedians value very highly their privacy and > anonimity, in fact, there are several Wikipedians with whom I have > edited pages for years now, and I still have no idea of their real > names, their age, their gender or where they live. All I know is their > nicknames on the projects and it's perfectly fine like that. There are > several rules that the communities have adopted to protect the privacy > and anonymity of every user. > > Even at in-person events, there are usually ways to signal the fact that > one does not want to be photographed or have photos or recordings of > him/her, put online. You can also wear a badge with just your nickname > and not your real name, so that's not new even for our live events. > > I agree with the idea that occupying a high-profile position and trying > to limit one's own exposure are conflicting goals, but I am sure that > this was very carefully. > > So, I understand that this may seem different from the usual, but, > actually, it is not. > > Ciao, > > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l > New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>