Hello all,

A few important updates on the Universal Code of Conduct project.[1]  Given
some of the concerns raised recently about the pace and timing of important
discussions and decisions, we feel it’s important to recognize the strain
that current events have placed on all of us.  After hearing concerns from
community members that the UCoC timeline is too condensed, we have decided
with Board support to extend the drafting period and final review of the
draft UCoC until the end of September. We appreciate the honest feedback on
your needs, and want to make sure this process allows as many people as
possible to contribute their thoughts, concerns, and expertise. An updated
timeline for the project is available on Meta. [2]

Today, we are beginning the process of forming a Drafting Committee for the
Universal Code of Conduct.  If you are interested, please read the
following important information for candidates:


   Who will be on the committee? - five or six volunteers, at least one
   representative from a Movement affiliate, and four or five Foundation staff
   members (depending on how many candidates apply)

   When will the committee be active? - July 22  - September 30

   What will they do? Read background material and draft a Universal Code
   of Conduct that will provide a minimum baseline guiding the behaviour of
   every contributor to the Wikimedia movement.

   How will they work? The committee will meet online and work on shared
   documents, starting from the Contributor’s Covenant [3] as a starting
   text. A facilitation team will help them to organize the work, and experts
   in different areas will be available to provide support.

   How much time should I plan to spend per week? There will be online
   meetings (2-4 hours per week), as well as background reading in the early
   phase resulting in up to 6 hours each week.

   What skills should I bring to the process? Ideally you would have
   experience in policy drafting, experience in cooperating online and in
   writing in English. We would also love our candidates to have empathy; for
   example,  experience mentoring, resolving difficult disputes, and
   communicating with compassion are valuable.  More information is available
   on the Meta page. [4]

   How will the committee members be selected? The Trust and Safety Team
   [5] together with the Legal Team [6] of the Wikimedia Foundation will vet
   all candidates. Then, the Vice president of Community Resilience and
   Sustainability, Maggie Dennis [7], will choose committee members based on
   the level of skills and experience of candidates in combination with
   diversity factors. Ideally we will be able to form a competent committee
   that reflects the diversity of the movement not only in the usual
   demographic areas like language, geographic location, gender, age,  but
   also in wiki specific areas like the project size of their home wiki and
   roles in the Wikimedia movement.

If you are interested in applying, please let us know before July 15 by
signing up on the Meta page [8] or mail to Christel Steigenberger. [9]
Please include information about the roles you hold or have held in
Wikimedia or similar organizations, your username, your userpage of your
home wiki and relevant links demonstrating your experience. Feel free to
add any additional information that will help us make an informed choice.

Please forward this message to any volunteers you think might be
interested, and encourage them to apply and help us spread the word.

Thank you,


[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct

[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct#Timeline



[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Trust_and_Safety

[6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Legal

[7] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mdennis_(WMF)


[9] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:EmailUser/CSteigenberger_(WMF)

Patrick Earley
Policy Manager, Trust and Safety
Wikimedia Foundation
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