Thanks for taking this forward James.

It's reassuring to find out that at least the WMF board might take
this suggestion of a style preference for gender-neutral language
seriously.

Fae

On Thu, 18 Jun 2020 at 01:19, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Sounds perfectly reasonable in my opinion. Have started discussion here
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Ombudsman_commission
>
> J
>
> On Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 11:15 AM Fæ <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Dear WMF Board members,
> >
> > The Ombuds Commission acts on your behalf as part of the movements
> > governance processes and it is, therefore, the WMF board that
> > authorizes Ombuds policies. The Wikimedia project systems and policies
> > for the commission were established many years ago with rare
> > amendments since, and are not harmonized on the use of the word
> > "ombuds". For example, though the email contact group uses "ombuds",
> > the detailed policy page on Meta uses "ombudsman" and refers to
> > members of the group as "ombudsmen". As a gender-neutral form is in
> > common International English and American English usage and is already
> > used in some places and not others, can the WMF board agree that the
> > gender-neutral term is desirable in line with the goals of the
> > Wikimedia Foundation strategy and should be applied systematically?
> >
> > With your agreement, this would then harmonize in the names of email
> > groups, the group name configured into the system on Meta and the
> > wording of policies, and help avoid an accidental bias towards
> > identifying ombuds members as men. As this is a question of
> > harmonization, rather than a change in process, policy or scope, this
> > is a style issue rather than a change that required a resolution or a
> > community RfC.
> >
> > For those unaware, the Ombuds Commission "investigates complaints
> > about infringements of the Privacy Policy, the Access to nonpublic
> > personal data policy, the CheckUser policy and the oversight policy on
> > any Wikimedia project for the Board of Trustees. They also investigate
> > for the Board the compliance of local CheckUser or Oversight policies
> > or guidelines with the global CheckUser and Oversight policies."[1]
> >
> > Links:
> > 1. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ombudsman_commission
> > 2. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:GlobalUsers/ombudsman
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Fae
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