Community Wishlist Survey 2022/Anti-harassment/UserBlind mode/Proposal

  • Problem:
    • Many users have a hard time commenting on the content and not the contributor in certain situations, and often find themselves biased in certain ways towards or against certain users.
    • The occasional need for contributors to pass judgement on the conduct and actions of their peers can lead to interpersonal conflict. The possibility of such consequences often leads to difficulty in fairly judging others' actions, when associated with particular reputations.
  • Proposed solution: An opt-in mode to allow users to navigate and participate without seeing others' usernames. When the mode is enabled, the usernames of other editors are hidden from oneself behind an anonymizing token (e.g., every comment from the first editor named on that page is from "User 1", every comment from the second editor named on that page is from "User 2", etc.) for as long as the mode is on. (The underlying page content is not affected, nor is the appearance altered for anyone other than the person viewing through the mode.).
    • Example:
      • What everyone sees:
        BobTheEditor's actions are in violation of policy. --FredTheEditor (talk) 07:59, 23 January 2022 (UTC)
        No, they are not. --BobTheEditor 07:59, 23 January 2022 (UTC)
      • What you see while you have UserBlind mode enabled:
        [User #1]'s actions are in violation of policy. --[User #2] 07:59, 23 January 2022 (UTC)
        No, they are not. --[User #1] 07:59, 23 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Who would benefit:
  • More comments: Proof of concept, Village Pump post, 2021 wishlist proposal
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: Yair rand (talk) 07:36, 23 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]