"When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout."
Overreacting is a tradition at Wikipedia. 
Cheers, 
Peter

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From: Wikimedia-l [mailto:wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of 
Michel Vuijlsteke
Sent: 03 March 2019 19:49
To: Wikimedia Mailing List
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Use of Wikimedia projects for anti-LGBT+ "humour"

I don't understand in which possible world anyone thought this was a good
idea.

The MfD, that is. It, and the entire discussion in favour, reads as some
sort of caricature of the worst SJW-type excesses.

M.



On Sun, 3 Mar 2019 at 16:41, Fæ <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:

> As the last second repost had the same format error, I am trying for a
> final time. How embarrassing!
>
> ****
>
> I would like to apologise to SMcCandlish and Barbara (WVS), and more
> generally to the Wikipedia community, for any possible implication
> given in my previous email to this list, that authors of the
> problematic Signpost "Pronouns beware" essay, might in any way be
> thought to be transphobic. This was an important matter to word
> precisely and accurately. I take responsibility and apologise, it was
> stupid of me to fail to ensure that there could be no way that my
> words might appear to be intended as an attack on the person, rather
> than criticism of the judgement used when writing this essay, and the
> choice to publish it on Wikipedia.
>
> I refrained from correcting this email previously, as it was thought
> to be better to avoid stirring up any further drama, however this was
> being interpreted by one of the authors as deliberately avoiding
> making any correction.[1] I apologise for that misjudgement, and my
> failure to understand how a delay would appear. My thanks go to
> SMcCandlish for raising their complaint that a correction was needed.
>
> The rest of this email runs on the long side, if you have been
> following the deletion discussion, there is probably nothing new here.
> :-)
>
> My action in acting transparently as a whistleblower, was to criticise
> the editorial judgement of creating an essay which made jokes about
> pronoun usage which would, and has, been read as making a bad joke
> that mocks genderqueer and transgender people. This problem of how the
> article could be read, was raised by others before publication.
> Overwhelmingly the deletion discussion created for the essay has had
> feedback from many long term and experienced Wikipedians who were
> alarmed and upset that the article was published without this problem
> being acted on, and either halting publication, or ensuring a
> resubmission so there could be no confusion that the article appeared
> abusive or a failure to respect genderqueer and nonbinary people.[0]
> Many deletion comments have called the article "transphobic". Nobody
> as far as I have seen, has mistakenly called the authors transphobes.
> There is a good faith presumption that cause is an error of judgement.
> It has been explained several times by myself and others in related
> Wikipedia discussions that objecting to a published joke being
> offensive to a minority group, in no way implies or presumes that the
> author(s) deliberately intended to cause offense to that minority
> group.Thanks,
>
> Thankfully the Signpost essay has been hidden from view while the
> deletion discussion continues, an action that resolves the immediate
> issue, and removes any need for me to be involved.
>
> I have not made a complaint to the Technical Spaces Code of Conduct
> Committee, and decided to let a thread on meta stay closed with regard
> to use of a unpaid volunteer WMF related title that requires
> compliance with the Code of Conduct.
>
> I sent a friendly confidential email to the Wikimedia Wiki Education
> project for comment, as Barbara chose to publish the essay using the
> unpaid volunteer account that specifically represented Wiki Education,
> though again, this was not a formal complaint. I had one informal
> reply back saying they were looking into it. I have not emailed anyone
> else with regard to the authors or their actions. Explicitly, I have
> not contacted anyone's employer nor anyone else not directly part of
> Wikimedia projects.
>
> Barbara has thoughtfully stated in a personal email to me, and on her
> Wikipedia talk page, that she is preparing a formal apology as one of
> the coauthors.
>
> Thankfully SMcCandlish has agreed with the article being hidden from
> view, and continues to debate the article deletion. They chose to
> raised an ANI request against me for "canvassing and
> incivility/aspersions in gender-related disputes", which was closed
> without action toThanks,day.[3] At the time of writing this email, there
> are
> claims by SMcCandlish that they are "accused of being a transphobe",
> it is unclear who is doing this.[4]
>
> The WMF have taken the unusual step of refusing an email promoting the
> Signpost on the announcements list, due to "multiple reports of
> concerns related to potentially harmful content in the February 2019
> edition of the Signpost". I made no formal email complaint to the WMF
> about Signpost, or anything else. The multiple reports were from other
> concerned people that are unknown to me. Sadly the immediate personal
> response to the WMF by the Signpost Production Manager has been "I
> find your rejection of my email to be an empty political gesture
> bowing to political pressure from braying sheeple."[5] No other
> Signpost contributor has made any other reply, either personally or on
> behalf of Signpost. I have seen no plans or proposals to change or
> improve the review process or policies for the Signpost.
>
> Thank you for those sending private messages of encouragement, support
> and information. Should anything similar happen on Wikipedia in the
> future, this experience has taught me to run as fast as possible in
> the opposite direction, rather than putting my head above the parapet.
> Becoming a figure of hatred is not worth the stress, or having to read
> targeted mockery wrapped as "jokes", published on the project you love
> and support. Throughout our Wikimedia projects, there remains huge
> room for improvement in how best to ensure correct, friendly and
> respectful treatment of minorities, especially us queers.
>
> Links
> 0.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Miscellany_for_deletion/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-02-28/Humour
> 1.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia%3AAdministrators%27_noticeboard%2FIncidents&type=revision&diff=885937612&oldid=885936723
> 2. https://enThanks,.
> wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-02-28
> 3.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia%3AAdministrators%27_noticeboard%2FIncidents&type=revision&diff=885954601&oldid=885953822
> 4.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Miscellany_for_deletion/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-02-28/Humour&curid=60098422&diff=885957940&oldid=885957573
> 5.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-02-28
>
> Thanks,
> Fae
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