Hello, all.

First, I’m sorry for not doing a better job introducing myself last time.
(I was told I should have done that.) I am Maggie Dennis. Currently I am
the Vice President of Community Resilience & Sustainability under the
General Counsel of the Foundation. I’ve been with the Foundation for 9
years in various roles, but always connected to the group who now conduct
Trust & Safety in one form or another. I am also a volunteer,
Moonriddengirl, primarily on English Wikipedia, although I am so much
diminished in my volunteering that it embarrasses me to point it out.

This office hour is still scheduled for 18:00 UTC June 4th. I will be on
camera, and it will be livestreamed here:

We will post notes from the meeting, with the identity of question-askers
anonymized, afterward. Questions can be submitted on Telegram [1], on IRC
[2] or in the YouTube Chat or by email in advance to answ...@wikimedia.org
(To make sure they are presented during this meeting, please use “Trust &
Safety” as the subject line.)

I want to invite people to join me in the Zoom call itself as well. I’d
much rather be talking to people than nervously answering anonymous
questions. Since I’m told that there are security issues with publishing
the link, we’ll be sharing the link with interested individuals as the
meeting begins. If you want the link to get in, please ask for it at
answ...@wikimedia.org, at least an hour in advance of the meeting’s start
(again, with “Trust & Safety” as the subject line). The link will be sent
out via email during the hour before the meeting.

If you are in Zoom, of course, and on camera or speaking out loud, people
who watch the stream will see you, so if you prefer more anonymity Telegram
or IRC may be more comfortable for you.


Maggie [3]

P.S. NewYorkBrad, colon added. :D 18:00. I was typing it the way my dad
always said it out loud. That said, I get stagefright and thus wouldn't be
at all unhappy to have finished this over 200 years ago. :)

[1] https://t.me/joinchat/DOlGIB1FRLUWqW9iB3qfTQ
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mdennis_(WMF)

On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 7:59 AM Maggie Dennis <mden...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hello, all.
> With the Board’s recent statement, this seems like a good time to launch
> the quarterly office hours I’ve been wanting to create for people who want
> to talk to me about issues involving “community resilience and
> sustainability,” including the work of Trust & Safety, whom I oversee.
> (after months of wanting to do this I’ve come to realize that I will always
> be "too busy" to feel like it's the perfect time for this. So I’m going to
> do it now anyway!)
> There’ve been requests to make office hours more personal, so I will host
> a Zoom hangout where people can join me, but I'll also take questions from
> Telegram and IRC.[1] I know that finding an hour that works for everybody
> is not going to happen, and I know from past office hours I’ve been
> involved in that I may get far more questions than I can answer (or,
> contrarily, nothing at all :)). Nevertheless, I will do my best to answer
> questions posed to me in that hour by Wikimedians in good standing (not
> Foundation or community banned) and to follow up in writing with any I
> don’t have time for over the next few days or week or so, time allowing. I
> might aggregate similar questions into a kind of FAQ. We’ll publish notes,
> anonymizing those who’ve asked questions, after.
> I do, however, have the following caveats:
>    -
>    I can’t and won’t discuss specific Trust & Safety cases. Instead, I
>    can discuss Trust & Safety protocols and practices and approaches as well
>    as some of the mistakes we’ve made, some of the things I’m proud of, and
>    some of the things we’re hoping to do.
>    -
>    I will not respond to comments or questions that are disrespectful to
>    me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities. I can talk civilly
>    about our work even if you disagree with me or I disagree with you. I won’t
>    compromise on this.
> I’m not sure if I will stick with Zoom as the way I do office hours
> forever, but I am responding to some requests for spoken interaction while
> also trying to provide text options for those who prefer. I admit to being
> a little camera shy myself, so this is a challenge for me! If I embarrass
> myself too badly, I may retreat to the safety of text in future.
> I was hoping to have the Zoom link already, but while that’s being
> expedited by our office technology team, I don’t have it yet. I wanted to
> give interested people notice as soon as I knew the time. I’ll follow up
> with links again at least two hours in advance.
> The meeting will be on June 4th at 1800 UTC.
> I hope to see you there.
> Best,
> Maggie
> [1] Zoom link; Telegram link: https://t.me/joinchat/DOlGIB1FRLUWqW9iB3qfTQ;
> directions for participating in IRC:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate
> --
> Maggie Dennis
> Vice President, Community Resilience & Sustainability
> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

Maggie Dennis
Vice President, Community Resilience & Sustainability
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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