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Wikimedia Summit 2020Edit

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This is a call for candidates who would represent Wikimedia LGBT+ at the Wikimedia Summit in Berlin in 3-5 April 2019. See details on the summit at

Anyone who could serve this role please sign your name to

The Wikimedia Summit is an international gathering of Wikimedia community group representatives who convene to develop the community recommendations for Wikimedia Movement strategy. In addition to discussing global strategy there is some opportunity at this event for representatives to negotiate collaborations with other Wikimedia affiliates.

Anyone who is interested in standing as a candidate should state their interest on Meta-Wiki in the Wikimedia LGBT+ talk page section seeking statements of interest. The deadline for nominations is Saturday 7 December 2019. By Wednesday 11 December 2019 Wikimedia LGBT+ members will have made a selection of the representative. That person should register immediately thereafter by the 16 December deadline.

The ideal candidate has the following characteristics:

  1. Past engagement with LGBT+ themed content in Wikimedia projects
  2. Past experience with any sort of Wikimedia community organization, which is the focus of the Wikimedia Summit
  3. Past participation in Wikimedia LGBT+
  4. Makes a commitment to take and publish notes of their experience at the summit within 30 days of the summit's end
  5. After expressing interest in candidacy, talk with the other candidates. Ideally candidates can negotiate a bit among themselves about who should attend this event.

Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:38, 26 November 2019 (UTC)

Call for nominationsEdit

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

Candidates may self-nominate here by writing a one-sentence statement of what they would do as volunteer, and also posting their signature. Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:38, 26 November 2019 (UTC).

Nicely stated, Blue Rasberry (talk). To be clear, we as a User Group are allowed for one representative of this event, which will focus on how the Movement Strategy will be implemented and as a result will involve representing our voice in the process. Participation outside those who are invited is not really possible, so having a representative on behalf of our LGBT+ User Group holds some responsibility. --- FULBERT (talk) 22:22, 28 November 2019 (UTC)
  1. Hi, my name is TJ Smith and my involvement with the Wikimedia movement includes the creation of content about LGBTQ+ individuals and women academics through Wiki Loves Pride and Women in Red (WIR) on Wikipedia, Commons, and Wikidata, conference participation (Wiki North America 2018 & 2019), and planning/support for the 2020 Queering Wikipedia Conference. TJMSmith (talk) 18:54, 4 December 2019 (UTC)
  2. ...My name is Ayokanmi Oyeyemi from Nigeria; I have been involved in creating several LGBTQ+ contents in my home language Wikipedia Yoruba and also participated in various Wiki loves pride projects, wiki loves love and will be providing communication support for the 2020 Queering Wikipedia conference. In March, 2019; I attended Write for Right in Tunis and that has further helped my relationship with LGBTQ+ community more. My nomination as a representative of the Usergroup at Wikimedia summit will further reiterate the support for minority representation and my involvement in the movement strategy conversation in Nigeria which include organizing various diversity talks will be an added advantage as I will be able to represent the Usergroup well by detailing conversation around the movement strategy as it involves the LGBTQ+ community. I am also committed to give a detailed report about my representation if confirmed as a representative of the Usergroup. Thanks Kaizenify (talk)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

Nominations closed! They closed 3 days ago actually, as described above. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:44, 10 December 2019 (UTC)

@TJMSmith and Kaizenify: Okay, you two are the candidates for going to the Wikimedia Summit. I am going to e-mail this message to you both to ask you to discuss among yourselves who should go, as we only have space for 1 of you. Please try to have a brief chat by email or however you like, and if you reach quick agreement then post here. In the chat seek to determine among yourselves if you can determine that either one or the other of you would better for this event. If you both want continued consideration then I will organize some other organization members to make a decision between you. Again, criteria for a good candidate to this conference is above. For the person who is not a candidate to the Summit, you can come to this organization for support to attend a future Wikimedia event, as it is in everyone's benefit to have more people who have represented Wiki LGBT+ in these sorts of events. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:44, 10 December 2019 (UTC)

Registration for one of you is due by this coming Monday, so we need to have this determined by then. Please try to have this discussed and settled between yourselves TJMSmith and Kaizenify by the end of Friday, 13 December, as that will give the members of the user group two days to otherwise vote if we need to do that. It is critical we have a representative at the Summit, so please reply here and let us know how your discussion process is going. Thanks for moving this forward, Bluerasberry. --- FULBERT (talk) 11:50, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
Thank you Bluerasberry and FULBERT; I was actually expecting Bluerasberry to start an email thread between me and TJMSmith as stated above. Don’t have the know how of sending mail to another user via here; if the mail can be sorted then we will definitely come to a resolution before Friday. Thanks once again. Kaizenify (talk) 20:00, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
@Kaizenify: I just resent the email. Tell me immediately if you do not receive it. I expect that I have your email address, but I could have made an error. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:04, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
I just got it now. Thanks Kaizenify (talk)
Hi all, I just responded :) TJMSmith (talk) 21:23, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
Hello everyone, I and TJMSmith chatted via mail and was agreed that I should represent the Usergroup. I am excited about this and look forward to contribute expressively to the discussion around LGBT+ community at the summit and as it affect the wikimedia movement strategy discussion and sure will update the rest of the group about the outcomes. Please reach out to me for any discussions or points you will like me to look into as regard the conference. Thank you all once again. Kaizenify (talk)

Thank you Kaizenify for being our user group representative at the upcoming Wikimedia Summit 2020. We appreciate your willingness to be our eyes, ears, and witness at this event. It is especially timely given the status of the Movement Strategy, and we look forward to your reporting back to us. Please register on the Summit page as our representative and then work with the WMF staff for the travel specs. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or assistance you need in this. Perhaps it would be helpful if you can attend the user group meeting next week once it gets scheduled (the poll closes tonight). Thank you TJMSmith for considering this, and we look forward to your continued engagement with our user group efforts. Thanks also for the help with this election process Blue Rasberry (talk), this helped us in a very short period of time. --- FULBERT (talk) 22:09, 12 December 2019 (UTC)

Yes, much thanks to Kaizenify, TJMSmith, Bluerasberry, and FULBERT for your work here. -Another Believer (talk) 00:05, 13 December 2019 (UTC)
Thank you FULBERT, Bluerasberry and Another Believer; I just completed the registration now so waiting for a member of the WMDE event team to add me on the Summit page as the group representative. Will definitely need your help and so many experienced others in the coming weeks. Yes, I will definitely attend the next User group meeting. Thanks to you and every other persons. Kaizenify (talk) 16:26, 13 December 2019 (UTC)
Thanks everyone. It seems that registration is settled on our end and now Wikimedia Deutschland should confirm. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:52, 13 December 2019 (UTC)

Change in Summit representationEdit

It is unfortunate news to share that Kaizenify will be unable to attend the Summit to represent our User Group due to travel restrictions. Kaizenify and I had numerous communications with the Summit travel team for assistance, and while they did all they could to help, it was still not possible to make it work for Kaizenify to attend. We are sorry to lose Kaizenify's presence at the conference, though we did everything within our combined abilities to make it happen. As a result, we discussed this situation at the last LGBT+ User Group meeting and then reached out to TJMSmith, who was the other candidate who expressed interest in attending on our behalf. TJMSmith agreed to still be able to attend as our representative, and we have started working with the Summit travel team to begin the reservation process. Thank you to Kaizenify for your initial efforts and then to TJMSmith for being able to pick up this process for the next steps. --- FULBERT (talk) 15:04, 21 February 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for following up. It is unfortunate but wholly understandable that travel restrictions and visa arrangements are so hard to predict or plan for. -- (talk) 15:14, 21 February 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up. -Another Believer (talk) 23:04, 22 February 2020 (UTC)

Summit cancellation?Edit

I can't supply documentation yet, but an email from WMF suggests the 2020 Summit in Berlin has been cancelled due to coronavirus. -Another Believer (talk) 20:38, 28 February 2020 (UTC)

See here. -Another Believer (talk) 19:53, 1 March 2020 (UTC)

LGBT+ User Group Meeting - December 19, 12:00pm ESTEdit

Select a date for the December, 2019, LGBT+ User Group Meeting
The month is flying by, so time to pause and schedule our LGBT+ User Group meeting (live via Zoom).
This poll will close on Thursday, December 12, at the end of the day. Please add as many days and times you can possibly make, as our attendee numbers have been increasing and we want to be as inclusive as possible.
https://doodle.com/poll/gpr7zhta8fbgf88n
Thank you. --- FULBERT (talk) 19:02, 9 December 2019 (UTC)
As a reminder, we have until the end of today to vote so we can schedule our user group meeting for next week. Feel free to review the dates and times that have already been selected if you are able to expand your options. --- FULBERT (talk) 11:52, 11 December 2019 (UTC)

The December LGBT+ User Group meeting will be on Thursday, December 19, at 12:00 noon EST via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/672631944. Please add agenda items and sign up as a planned attendee if you wish on the meeting page https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_LGBT_User_Group_December_2019. Contact me directly if you want me to also send you a calendar appointment via email. We have lots to discuss in what may be one of our most active years ever, now going into 2020! --- FULBERT (talk) 02:22, 17 December 2019 (UTC)

Friendly space policy for eventsEdit

What "friendly space policy" or "code of conduct" or other similar policies should Wikimedia LGBT+ apply to events, online spaces, and its other public community forums?

On Fri 22 May - Sun 24 May, 2020 there will be a 3-day international Wiki LGBT+ conference called Queering Wikipedia. If anyone wishes to join planning or organizing for this then please go to the conference page and join conversations.

The Wikimedia Foundation is sponsoring this event. At Grants:Friendly Space Policies, the WMF has communicated that "All Wikimedia Foundation grantees are required to have a friendly space policy for their in-person events.". I am posting here to propose a friendly space policy for Wikimedia LGBT+ in general and for this conference in particular.

The process that I propose for now is that we all accept the most popular existing option. The advantage of this is that we can proceed with other issues, and at the conference, hopefully as part of the program, attendees can develop the policy for LGBT+ interests to address difficulties. The alternative is that we halt some parts of conference planning to do something new and different, such as adopt a policy which is undiscussed, or develop a new policy.

The most globally accepted Wikimedia community policy in place since 2013, which Wikimedia New York City developed for its events, is

I was part of organizing this in the context of Wiki NYC's large LGBT+ membership and regular programming. I know the policy is simple but at least no one has protested it directly. If we need one policy, then this was has been the international Wikimedia Movement default used by the Wikimedia Foundation and others for many years and seems acceptable.

I would support the co-adoption of any number of additional policies. If anyone said that Wikimedia LGBT+ should comply with a set of policies simultaneously, then I agree with that, even if it seems like a lot of text or if parts of one policy conflict with parts of another. Wiki means continual editing so whatever invites community engagement works for me.

Other policies which I like are the Wikimedia New York City Code of Conduct, developed at the direction of Megs with targeted outreach to LGBT+ communities in New York;

this non-discrimination policy which English Wikipedia WikiProject LGBT+ members developed especially with ;

and the Code of Conduct page on meta, which states that the Wikimedia community has not found consensus to accept any particular code of conduct.

I understand that various other organizations and communities might have developed friendly space policies or codes of conduct. So far as I recall, other than Wikimedia NYC and there have been no organizations which invited Wikimedia LGBT+ and its membership to comment on the development of any of these. Anyone can check the archives of this talk page to find past communication if it exists. If anyone has more stories to share or surface, then posting links here on the talk page would be a great way to do that.

Is there anyone here has an idea other than accepting the 2013 Friendly space policies as a default, and also encouraging friendly space policy discussion at this upcoming discussion? Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:23, 12 December 2019 (UTC)

So, that's maybe not a good short term answer, but I kinda feel we are missing some "tests case", something that details "here is what happened, and the policy should prevent that". A few years ago, I did participate to a workshop oranized by the feminist queer hackerspace in Paris Le Reset, on CoC enforcement. That was a collective pen and paper role playing (with 20 people), and we screwed up massively (on purpose by the organiser, who were trying to show that enforcing is hard). I think that maybe not for that event (due to ressources and time constraint), we should try to confront the policy to a mock yet realistic case, and see. Cause if there is a problem, contradiction, misunderstanding, I think that's better to notice during a test than during a real problem. Knowing clearly what we want to avoid and "testing" the policies against that is important. For example, the point made by Bluerasberry (talk · contribs) about police violence is important, but even besides that, there is conflicting requirements between "contact police and/or security" and "ask people what they want" in case someone say "I do not want the police to be involved".
I also feel that the Friendly space policies by treating all gender/sexual orientation, etc as equal have a risk of backfiring. For example, someone saying "cis het men are the worst" could be argued to be a "offensive verbal comment" based on my understanding of the text of Friendly space policies, and this feel wrong to me. Maybe there should be a notion of power dynamics or something there, even if that's harder to write (this whole comment was inspired by these tweets). --Misc (talk) 10:30, 13 December 2019 (UTC)
I feel like this should be a session / workshop at the Queering Wikipedia conference itself: What do our existing friendly-space policies miss? Which ones do we want to use for Wikimedia LGBT+ events? What policy do we as a User Group want to propose and create?
I personally would go for Claudia's suggestion on the mailing list of using the Code of Conduct together with the English Wikipedia non-discrimination policy. I agree with the comment on the mailing list that the non-discrimination policy is anglocentric and focused on editing, but for the moment in lack of a better alternative, I would go for that anyways. --Shikeishu (talk) 16:28, 13 December 2019 (UTC)
So, if we want a session/workshop, who would be proposing it ? I think a session would be good, but 1) how long 2) what form ? --Misc (talk) 11:47, 15 December 2019 (UTC)
It's hard for a session on such a complex topic to stay productive unless there are clear goals. I think discussion on this topic is very much undeveloped, so before talking specific solutions it's important to agree on what should be the ultimate goals and first principles. It would be suitable for a Wikimedia LGBT+ event to focus on what an LGBT community needs and on how to avoid the risk of new structures of power being used against the LGBT communities (and individual members thereof) by whatever agenda the power of the day has.
By the way, there's an Italian hackerspace looking right now for someone willing to run a session on sexism in hacker spaces in the coming days. If you know someone in Italy, please send them my way. Nemo 23:09, 15 December 2019 (UTC)
I don't really understand. Queering Wikipedia will gather the LGBTI+ community of the Wikiverse, I think it's the perfect place to discuss the needs of our community in terms of safer spaces and friendly place. The format etc. can still be decided. I can imagine suggesting such a workshop or session. --Shikeishu (talk) 16:27, 17 December 2019 (UTC)
I highly support the idea of a co-creation workshop to come up with a better FSP during the conference. I mean, isn't that the essence of the conference? And what better way to make it really fruitful and get concrete output of it? Plus we might have someone from the WMF trust and safety team, and their presence in such workshop will be very beneficial. This can be a very good idea for a proposal I think!!--Kawayashu (talk) 18:44, 17 December 2019 (UTC)

For what it's worth, this is the Art+Feminism Safe Space Policy Kiraface (talk) 16:46, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

I wrote the English Wikipedia nondiscrimination policy proposal described above, with help from others around Wikimedia LGBT+ and others. I will hope to present it at this conference, invite feedback, and perhaps try adopting it. This is all largely dependent on scholarship availability. I would be glad to host this as part of a series of discussions into friendly space policies at this and other events. (talk) 17:59, 23 December 2019 (UTC)
I recommend using the Contributor Covenant with updated examples of unacceptable behavior. I blogged specifics at Recommending a Friendly Space policy for Queering Wikipedia - Timid Robot. If something else is selected, the Wikimedia New York City/Code of Conduct - Meta (also linked above) and the Code of Conduct - LGBTQ in Technology contain excellent examples of unacceptable behavior that can be called out in the policy or in the surrounding documentation.CC-TimidRobot (talk) 00:17, 27 December 2019 (UTC)

Hey everybody! We need to make a decision on this until at latest 15 January (Wednesday next week), so we can start with the registration process of the conference.

I actually really like your suggestions, TimidRobot! I think the Contributor Covenant has a lot of simplicitiy and positivity, which I really like. I didn't know this document before. Maybe this could be a good starting point or input for the session on creating our Wikimedia LGBT+ code of conduct at the conference?

As we also need to use a WMF friendly-space policy, I would go for:

  1. using the Code of Conduct
  2. together with the Contributor Covenant + updated examples (as TimidRobot suggested) OR the English Wikipedia non-discrimination policy (despite it being anglocentric and focused on editing)
  3. hosting a workshop on creating a code of conduct for future User Group events at the conference itself

--Shikeishu (talk) 11:13, 9 January 2020 (UTC)

  • I would go with the following two in the order of preference:
  1. using the Code of Conduct
  2. hosting a workshop on creating a code of conduct for future User Group events at the conference itself.

John Samuel 14:45, 9 January 2020 (UTC)

I also vote for

  1. using the Code of Conduct
  2. hosting a workshop on creating a code of conduct for future Wikimedia LGBT+ user group events

RachelWex (talk) 14:49, 9 January 2020 (UTC)

I accept any existing policy.

  1. I find the above mentioned mw:Code of Conduct policy problematic because it promises support from the "Code of Conduct Committee" when that organization probably cannot support us. That committee is sponsored for a certain purpose and cannot generally support Wikipedia community events. The policy itself is fine, but if anyone tries to file a report in that system, it would be like filing a report to a third party organization who is not expecting us. We could seek support from them because we are both wiki events, but in general the support which that policy offers is not available to us.
  2. Let's talk about all this at Queering Wikipedia - Queering Wikipedia/Code of conduct

Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:39, 9 January 2020 (UTC)

  1. I support both ideas: Using the code of conduct and organizing a workshop during the conference.--Kawayashu (talk) 15:02, 10 January 2020 (UTC)
Sounds like we have a solution, thank you all for contributing to the discussion! :) --Shikeishu (talk) 15:22, 11 January 2020 (UTC)

workshop for code of conductEdit

@Shikeishu, Jsamwrites, and RachelWex: At the upcoming Queering Wikipedia conference the submissions are private in a form by default. I made a submission for a code of conduct talk here

By default I made this submission with me as presenter or to mediate discussion, but I am eager to hand this over to anyone else who would lead this. I would appreciate your strong support to include this sort of talk in that conference since this issue comes up so routinely and is so challenging. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:39, 9 January 2020 (UTC)

I totally support this idea and will definitely be one of its participants if the submission is accepted.--Kawayashu (talk) 15:04, 10 January 2020 (UTC)
This is really good idea. It will be great to have inputs from the community. John Samuel 12:21, 11 January 2020 (UTC)
Much needed, wanted by the conference leadership and most likely would be an important topic for attendees. I support. RachelWex (talk) 15:21, 13 January 2020 (UTC)

Queering Wikipedia 2020 scholarship applications are openEdit

Queering Wikipedia/Scholarships

Please go to the above page for basic information about the scholarships and for a link to the application form. Scholarships applications close on 18th January, so stick a reminder in your diary so you don't end up forgetting in the Christmas rush. -- (talk) 11:21, 17 December 2019 (UTC)

2019 Affiliations Committee call for candidatesEdit

The Affiliations Committee (AffCom) – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is looking for new members!

On behalf of the committee,

Camelia Boban, AffCom member

Wikimedia Movement Strategy: 2020 Community ConversationsEdit

Dear Wikimedians,

Greetings! Wishing you a very happy new year!

We have an update for the next steps of the Movement Strategy! We're preparing for a final round of community conversations with Wikimedia affiliates and online communities around a synthesized set of draft recommendations to start around late/mid January. In the meantime, recommendations’ writers and strategy team has been working on integrating community ideas and feedback into these recommendations. Thank you, for all of your contributions!

What's New?Edit

The recommendations writers have been working to consolidate the 89 recommendations produced by the working groups. They met in Berlin a few weeks back for an in-person session to produce a synthesized recommendations document which will be shared for public comment around late/mid January. A number of common areas for change were reflected in the recommendations, and the writers assessed and clustered them around these areas. The goal was to outline the overall direction of the change and present one set that is clearly understood, implementable and demonstrates the reasoning behind each.

What's Next?Edit

We will be reaching out to you to help engage your affiliate in discussing this new synthesized version. Your input in helping us refine and advance key ideas will be invaluable, and we are looking forward to engaging with you for a period of thirty days from late/mid January. Our final consultation round is to give communities a chance to "review and discuss" the draft recommendations, highlighting areas of support and concern as well as indicating how your community would be affected.

Please share ideas on how you would like to meet and discuss the final draft recommendations when they are released near Mid January whether through your strategy salons, joining us at global and regional events, joining online conversations, or sending in notes from affiliate discussions. We couldn't do this without you, and hope that you will enjoy seeing your input reflected in the next draft and final recommendations. This will be an opportunity for the movement to review and respond to the recommendations before they are finalized.

If possible, we'd love if you could feature a discussion of the draft recommendations at the next in-person meeting of your affiliate, ideally between the last week of January and the first week of February. If not, please let us know how we can help support you with online conversations and discussing how the draft recommendations fit with the ideas shared at your strategy salon (when applicable).

The input communities have shared so far has been carefully documented, analyzed, and folded into the synthesized draft recommendations. Communities will be able to see footnotes referencing community ideas. What they share again in January/February will be given the same care, seriousness, and transparency.

This final round of community feedback will be presented to the Board of Trustees alongside the final recommendations that will be shared at the Wikimedia Summit.

Warmly -- User:RSharma (WMF) 15:58, 4 January 2020 (UTC)

One day left to apply for a Queering Wikipedia 2020 scholarship!Edit

Queering_Wikipedia/Scholarships

The closing date for receiving applications is 18th January.

If you want to apply for a scholarship, go click on the application form now. It only takes about ten or fifteen minutes to fill out, and you can edit it later if there's something you forgot. If you know of someone else that might be interested in applying, send them the link quick! -- (talk) 22:00, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

LGBT+ User Group Meeting: January 21, 2020 - 2:00pm ESTEdit

Please select a date for the January, 2020, LGBT+ User Group Meeting: https://doodle.com/poll/uy4uyg3a6gm8zvzi
This poll will close on Saturday, January 18, at the end of the day. Thank you. --- FULBERT (talk) 16:05, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

The January LGBT+ User Group meeting will be on Tuesday, January 21, at 2:00pm EST via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/360321644. Please add agenda items and sign up as a planned attendee if you wish on the meeting page https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_LGBT_User_Group_January_2020. Contact me directly if you want me to also send you a calendar appointment with this information via email. We have a big year ahead of us! --- FULBERT (talk) 19:41, 19 January 2020 (UTC)

Wikimedia 2030: Movement Strategy Community conversations are here!Edit

Dear Affiliate Representatives and community members,

The launch of our final round of community conversation is finally here! We are excited to have the opportunity to invite you to take part. 
The recommendations have been published! Please take time over the next five weeks to review and help us understand how your organization and community would be impacted.

What Does This Mean?

The core recommendations document has now been published on Meta in Arabic, English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, and Spanish. This is the result of more than a year of dedicated work by our working groups, and we are pleased to share the evolution of their work for your final consideration. 
In addition to the recommendations text, you can read through key documents such as Principles, Process, and the Writer’s Reflections, which lend important context to this work and highlight the ways that the recommendations are conceptually interlinked.
We also have a brief Narrative of Change [5] which offers a summary introduction to the recommendations material. 

How Is My Input Reflected In This Work?

Community input played an important role in the drafting of these recommendations. The core recommendations document reflects this and cites community input throughout in footnotes. I also encourage you to take a look at our community input summaries. These texts show a further analysis of how all of the ideas you shared last year through online conversations, affiliate meetings, and strategy salons connect to recommendations. Many of the community notes and reports not footnoted in the core recommendations document are referenced here as evidence of the incredible convergence of ideas that have brought us this far.  

What Happens Now?

Affiliates, online communities, and other stakeholders have the next five weeks to discuss and share feedback on these recommendations. In particular, we’re hoping to better understand how you think they would impact our movement - what benefits and opportunities do you foresee for your affiliate, and why? What challenges or barriers would they pose for you? Your input at this stage is vital, and we’d like to warmly invite you to participate in this final discussion period.

We encourage volunteer discussion co-ordinators for facilitating these discussions in your local language community on-wiki, on social media, informal or formal meet ups, on-hangouts, IRC or the village pump of your project. Please collect a report from these channels or conversations and connect with me directly so that I can be sure your input is collected and used. Alternatively, you can also post the feedback on the meta talk pages of the respective recommendations.

After this five week period, the Core Team will publish a summary report of input from across affiliates, online communities, and other stakeholders for public review before the recommendations are finalized. You can view our updated timeline here as well as an updated FAQ section that addresses topics like the goal of this current period, the various components of the draft recommendations, and what’s next in more detail. 
Thank you again for taking the time to join us in community conversations, and we look forward to receiving your input. (Please help us by translating this message into your local language). Happy reading! RSharma (WMF) MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:31, 20 January 2020 (UTC)

QW2020 Scholarships updateEdit

The QW scholarships team had a productive video conference yesterday, with five of us in the meeting being our coordinator Thomas and the four team members. Scholarship applications are now closed and the aim is to be able to finalize scholarships decisions by Saturday 1st February and after final checks we expect to officially confirm with candidates within less than two weeks, enabling the Wikimedia Austria travel team to start helping applicants who need visa applications as well as getting travel reservations in place early. In addition to the funds within the QW2020 conference budget, which is expected to be sufficient for approximately 20 full scholarships, there are active discussions with Wikimedia chapters such as Wikimedia Germany, as to whether they will be able to offer recommended applicants from their countries direct funding. This option has been very positively received and we are going to see the total number of successful scholarships significantly increased thanks to the enthusiastic chapter offers of support. In addition to the scholarships, there will be a "waiting list" that will make good use of funds made available through cancellations, or where negotiation with Wikimedia affiliates may make new funds available.

In terms of good governance, the scholarship team is as published on the team page, and NDAs are in place with Wikimedia Austria to ensure application data remains confidential and is managed correctly. The team has agreed on a prioritization scheme examining the factors of queer/LGBT+ experience and projects both within Wikimedia projects and outside, the value the applicant is likely to bring to the conference and the value they are likely to take away by participating to implement in their future open knowledge projects. Extra weight is given to applications that bring diverse voices to the conference, ensuring geographic spread, gender diversity and healthy representation for the many different stakeholder groups within our queer/LGBT+ community. As the team is using anonymised applications, we do not all have access to personal information, so there will be a check for applications that pass our first round of recommendations by Wikimedia Austria and the QW coordinators to ensure that the most relevant assertions in the applications are verified and there will be an additional Wikimedia Foundation trust and safety check.

The good news is that there have been over 70 scholarship applications received (there were expected to be a total of 50 to 65 places at the conference itself). The quality of applications is exceptionally high, with a wide range of professional and volunteer interests and experience, and a fair proportion of the applications coming from outside Europe and the USA. Once the scholarships have been allocated, we are planning to publish appropriate statistics to provide public assurance that the funding is being used to support a diverse spread of applicants based on gender, LGBT+ representation and geographic spread.

If you have questions about the governance, process or reporting for the scholarships please raise them here or on one of our other user group channels. -- (talk) 14:28, 23 January 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for the reporting. I am not among the conference organizers, but I am an interested observer following progress and participating in some public meetings. I am satisfied to see excellent Wikimedia community planning and engagement and good use of the available resources. Everything I have seen is in accord with the values of the Wikimedia movement and best practices passed down from previous Wikimedia conferences and events. Things are going well and I appreciate the care and time which organizers are putting into this event. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:58, 23 January 2020 (UTC)

The scholarships team were hard at it over the weekend and we had a group conference yesterday to walk through the final ranking of applications, and jointly review cases where we were not in close agreement on ratings. This discussion ensured that we were as fair as possible where candidates may appear weaker due to English not being their first language, or where the candidate had an especially important voice to add to the diversity of our conference. The next step is that Wikimedia Austria and our coordinator Thomas are going to be taking the top-rated applications in order and working out how far our scholarships budget can go once there are cost estimates in place for different travel needs, and we know which applicants can be funded through chapters rather than conference funds. Our team's expectation is that around 25 to 30 scholarships may be possible to fund in total. There will be a report on the diversity of the scholarships that are accepted, but here are a few early and not final stats based on rankings rather than knowing who is receiving the final scholarships, that I hope you will find interesting:

  • There were 74 applications received in total. Significantly more than we were expecting when we started this process.
  • 26 applications have been rated as "high" or "very high" priority (a score of 4 to 5). It is likely that these applicants will be funded to join the conference.
  • 17 applications scored between 3.5 to 4. Part of the logistical stage will be deciding how many of these can receive a scholarship or can fairly be held on our "waitlist".
  • Of the 26 top-rated applications (not the actual scholarships remember!), 15 (58%) are coming from outside of Europe.
  • The spread of preferred pronouns for the 26 top-rated is "he" 54%, "she" 23%, "they" or blank 23%. Note that at the time of ratings we did not have personal information about cis or non-cis identification, though some candidate statements do allude to being non-cis. The spread of preferred pronouns for the total applications is "he" 56%, "she" 27%, "they" or blank 16%.

Reassuringly the scholarships work is ahead of schedule, giving us slightly more capacity to handle a few unplanned issues. Thanks to the rest of my team members for getting it done, and being diligent, thoughtful and so good at getting together for the necessary video conferences. Lastly, though we must limit our scholarships, those that don't make it this time have excellent reasons for wanting to be at this conference, to learn from others and to share their experiences. There's plenty for us to take on board to make future queer/LGBT+ conferences available for different needs and stakeholders. -- (talk) 14:23, 28 January 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for reporting all this. There are some regular Wiki LGBT+ meetups both in general and for this conference. In these meetups we talk about measuring our efforts to promote diversity in the ways that you just described. This report you give is what we requested, and these numbers are in the ranges of what we imagined in advance would be satisfactory. This is a great update and thanks for both sharing it and also documenting this as a precedent. Blue Rasberry (talk) 21:10, 28 January 2020 (UTC)

February 2020 LGBT+ User Group Meeting - Tuesday, Feb 18, 1:00pm ESTEdit

Please select a date for the February, 2020, LGBT+ User Group Meeting (online via Zoom): https://doodle.com/poll/5wkmwsk3uvfaqs5s
This poll will close on Thursday, February 13, at the end of the day. --- FULBERT (talk) 02:13, 12 February 2020 (UTC)

The February 2020 LGBT+ User Group meeting will be on Tuesday, February 18, at 1:00pm EST. See your local time here. The live meeting will be via Zoom webinar https://zoom.us/j/495261334. Please download and install the Zoom player on a computer or mobile device for the best experience. The meeting agenda and notes are available here (please add your agenda items!). Please share this information with any in your network who you think will want to attend. --- FULBERT (talk) 03:11, 17 February 2020 (UTC)

I just updated the Zoom url. Sorry for any inconvenience. --- FULBERT (talk) 18:06, 18 February 2020 (UTC)

Queering Wikipedia: Registration is openEdit

Hey everybody! The registration for our Queering Wikipedia conference from 21-24 May 2020 in Linz (Austria) is open now: Queering Wikipedia/Registration. 3 Please feel free to register and to share this with people who you think might be interested in joining the conference. :) --Shikeishu (talk) 11:55, 18 February 2020 (UTC)

QW2020 conference cancellationEdit

This is an informal update for our WM-LGBT+ community, based on announcements from WMAT and the WMF over the last 24 hours.

In response to the Covid19 pandemic, the WMF has been withdrawing funding from physical events, and all public events including the QW2020 conference, are being cancelled or are being postponed. QW2020 preparations done so far will be archived with the aim to reuse them as much as possible.

The good news is that WMF funding is available and current grants can be repurposed to support online events with the same goals. Refer to Community_Resources/COVID-19_Notice for the announcement from Katherine Maher, WMF Executive Director.

Over the coming weeks, the community will be discussing options for how best to use on-line events this year, retaining some of the great momentum and teamwork established for QW2020, and the potential of replanning the Queering Wikipedia conference for a later date. The best place for those discussions and for updates has been established as Telegram (https://t.me/wmlgbt) with these meta pages and the WM-LGBT+ email group good second options.

Congratulations to the QW teams that have done excellent work bringing the conference plans together, and special thanks to the WMAT team and volunteer coordinators that have invested so much excitement and passion for the conference and for their work now needed to handle cancellations for travel and scholarships, while saving plans and proposals so that they can be reused for virtual events this year, or as looks likely a new "Queering" conference event next year. -- (talk) 12:40, 13 March 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for the update, and much thanks as well to all who have been involved in this event to date. Stay safe, -Another Believer (talk) 16:48, 13 March 2020 (UTC)

March 2020 LGBT+ User Group Meeting - Thursday, March 19, at 1:00pm EDTEdit

Please select a date for the March, 2020, LGBT+ User Group Meeting (online via Zoom): https://doodle.com/poll/622p8puf34qpc6ix
This poll will close on Wednesday, March 18, at the end of the day. --- FULBERT (talk) 00:18, 16 March 2020 (UTC)

The March 2020 LGBT+ user Group meeting will be on Thursday, March 19, at 1:00pm EDT, via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/174315244. The page with the agenda, timezone converter, and more information may be found here. During this difficult time of COVID-19, it is especially valuable to share in community with our friends and colleagues from a distance. All are welcome. --- FULBERT (talk) 17:27, 18 March 2020 (UTC)

User Group Annual General Meeting!Edit

At the user group meeting yesterday, though the QW conference is postponed, we can think about having a virtual User Group annual general meeting (AGM) without needing a slot in a conference. This means we could make decisions about how our User Group representatives are elected and/or make formal decisions about how we can recognize members while supporting their anonymity. LOTS is going on, but we if we can still run discussions about these topics, we would be in a strong position to tell the WMF how as a User Group we manage to have "resolutions" which "members" can vote on and how we have chosen to set ourselves up to be represented. Any thoughts on how to proceed are welcome (discussion here or in the Telegram group)? -- (talk) 14:53, 20 March 2020 (UTC)

I agree that our planning a longer meeting or event , meaning longer than the monthly meetings we have been having, is a good idea. Will ping you so we can discuss options for planning this. --- FULBERT (talk) 14:04, 21 March 2020 (UTC)
I express general support for a virtual annual user group meeting. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:11, 23 March 2020 (UTC)
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