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BBC and other British media being considered neutral and unbiasedEdit

Despite platforming increasingly violent transphobia and defending such action.

https://twitter.com/LaurakBuzz/status/1455579922848788486

— The preceding unsigned comment was added by 118.167.132.197 (talk) 18:27, 2 November 2021 (UTC)

WMF UCOC Update: SurveyEdit

Hello Everyone,

The message below is from Mervat Salman of the Trust and Safety Team. She is compiling information for the UCOC committee from all affiliate groups about their experiences with harassment, what they expect from the UCOC, and what they do not want to see in it. Links to the survey in several languages are below. If you need it in another language, please contact Mervat at msalman-ctr@wikimedia.org. She would like folx to send their responses within the next two weeks. Thank you very much!

Sincerely, Rachel Wexelbaum (User:RachelWex)


There has been talks about the need for a global set of conduct rules in different communities over time, and finally, Wikimedia Foundation Board announced a Community Culture Statement, enacting new standards to address harassment and promote inclusivity across projects.

Since the universal code of conduct that will be a binding minimum set of standards across all Wikimedia projects, will apply to all of us, staff and volunteers alike, all around the globe, and will impact our work as groups, individuals and projects, it’s of great importance that we all participate in expressing our opinions and thoughts about UCoC, its nature, what we think it should cover or include and what it shouldn’t include; how it may develop, drawback or help our groups.

This is the time to talk about it. As you are a valuable contributor to the Wikimedia movement, your voice counts. Before starting to draft the code of conduct, we would like to hear from you; We invite you to devote some minutes to take this survey; your answers will help us create a safer environment for all on Wikimedia:

(English): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd36dNdU3C5shXEkKp9itJOhuCTx9hZE5AE-xflkxtfRMnZtg/viewform?usp=pp_url

(Spanish): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczplOUFD8MXf7hBBd6kuELGF4sOGyqnXwbrWHg3yP9JK3Cgg/viewform?usp=pp_url

(French): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTJRc-8Pzi8J7rhlh3nqT7OvB5g1MN3n-SXCz786JCMWVHGQ/viewform?usp=pp_url

(Dutch): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOdS5dCkC8eYlnc-546d42b8N36bOwZ9uFOjmvD3h2TNnysQ/viewform?usp=pp_url

(Russian): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTJRc-8Pzi8J7rhlh3nqT7OvB5g1MN3n-SXCz786JCMWVHGQ/viewform?usp=pp_url

It’s possible that you are a member of more than one affiliate; hence you may receive this survey more than once, and you may have participated previously in the discussions or filled out a previous survey during the first round of consultations about UCoC which targeted wikipedia/wikimedia communities. We apologize for this; it is really difficult to identify if a wikimedian belongs to multiple groups that work to spread free knowledge.

Looking forward to your thoughts and opinions and hoping that you can respond within the next 2 weeks. If you have any questions about the surveys or difficulties accessing the link, please contact me by email (msalman-ctr@wikimedia.org)

Results will be considered during the drafting process for the UCoC

Thank you for your participation

Mervat Salman

Trust & Safety (Policy) Facilitator

Wikimedia Foundation

— The preceding unsigned comment was added by RachelWex (talk) 20:06, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Top Employment Opportunities for LGBTQEdit

LGBTQ individuals face a lot of challenges and difficulties socially and professionally. Though sexual orientation is a personal matter and does not affect work, the workplace environment is still unaccepting and biased. The U.S and many other countries stated discrimination illegal in the workplace due to sexual orientation.

According to a law passed by the U.S. Congress on 15th June 2020, it is illegal for employers to victimize employees based on gender identity or sexual orientation. However, LGBTQ+ community members still struggle to find employment due to many economic and social reasons. There are several chambers of commerce created to help LGBTQ+ individuals find work. Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce has set up a [| LGBTQ job finding platform] specifically to support and encourage LGBTQ.

— The preceding unsigned comment was added by Jason543210 (talk) 06:53, 19 March 2021 (UTC)

Help for Draft: Aditya TiwariEdit

Hi,

I created this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft:Aditya_Tiwari with more references. The earlier version of this page was approved. However, it was speedily deleted as a recreation of the article that was up at AFD.

I request you to kindly look into it with more sensitivity and revive the page.

This writer, author, and activist has brought about significant change in the queer space in a country like India, where “queer rights” are a lot more necessary and required. This page qualifies and should be included on Wikipedia because this person has sufficient notability to be here.

— The preceding unsigned comment was added by Plushwiki21 (talk) 21:00, 21 August 2021 (UTC)

Invitation to participate in the #SheSaid Campaign 2021Edit

We are delighted to share with you that the #SheSaid Campaign will be running again this year and you are invited to participate in Oct/Nov 2021.The goal is to celebrate notable women and add more entries on Wikiquote. Please have a look at some of the cool bookmarks we have completed and ready for you to print if you wish to do so. If you would like to have the editable version of the bookmark please contact me at Shoodho , visit some sample of bookmarks here:Bookmarks.For more information, please visit the campaign page here:SheSaid page If you have any questions or query please feel free to contact Islahaddow, Anthere or Shoodho.

Kind regards, Shoodho

— The preceding unsigned comment was added by Shoodho (talk) 03:44, 29 September 2021 (UTC)

Initiative to end anti-LGBT+ content on WikimediaEdit

(Copied from https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Forum#Initiative_to_end_anti-LGBT+_content_on_Wikimedia)

 
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As discussed at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help_Forum#Bigoted_content_on_Wikipedias_you_don%E2%80%99t_speak_the_language_of, users of non-English projects are getting away with spreading anti-LGBT+ rhetoric in direct opposition to both Wikimedia’s UCOC and LGBT+ inclusivity initiative. I propose the creation of a project similar to Climate change portal/climate denial review to work on systematically removing this inappropriate and bigoted content. Dronebogus (talk) 10:15, 7 January 2022 (UTC)

@Dronebogus: Maybe! Can you say more about what you want to happen?
I will through out a few ideas. First consider supporting the Queering Wikipedia late 2022 online conference by taking the survey to plan it. Submit what you want in the conference. If you are interested beyond the survey, join conference planning to the extent of your interest at QW2022.
Look at the recent Wikimedia Foundation staff posts about Movement Strategy Implementation grants. If you have an idea then consider applying for funding at Grants:MSIG/About. You can talk through ideas here or in other wiki LGBT+ forums if you wish.
Here below I posted an incident of LGBT+ content. It is an individual case rather than a broad assessment like that climate change content, but maybe collecting cases could be part of a solution. We get lots of case reports and have trouble logging them right now. I was looking at this ant report wondering what to do with it, but since you asked, I posted it here. What should I do with a report like this?
Thanks for speaking out. Let me know if I can support you in your exploration. Blue Rasberry (talk) 22:20, 8 January 2022 (UTC)
After seeing the climate change review, and as mentioned in my comment on the Help Forum, I've been thinking about doing a similar review or survey of small to medium Wikimedia projects' LGBT+ content for some time. An initiative like the one proposed here by Dronebogus, however, will likely not bring about lasting positive change, as top-down imposing of content policy with a literally-stated English vs. everyone else mindset is simply not the way to affect change on the nuanced landscapes that are Wikimedia projects, or in any social community. We want communities to create and maintain neutral content, not to have some global authority continuously rewriting their articles, assuming that this global authority can even understand the language outside of machine translation.
Working with communities, and remember that there are LGBT contributors in nearly all communities (not just English ones, as you seem to imply), is necessary to achieve lasting positive change in these Wikimedia projects. And yes, in some cases it is local administrators who push the bad content, with next to no opposition. Historically, that has been resolved through local community actions, Meta-Wiki RfCs, or in more severe cases, global community bans and/or WMF bans. In the future, the UCOC will be able to be enforced regarding these editors, hopefully in a more efficient and effective way than the RfC system.
Framing it as a struggle between tolerant English projects and intolerant non-English projects is about the worst possible way to go about this. I'll leave a more detailed reply on your (Dronebogus's) talk page. An effective review, i.e. one that permanently removes bigoted content and replaces it with accurate content, would be a neutral survey of gender and sexuality topics on Wikipedias, enacting change through discussion with local administrators and editors about how to rectify inaccuracies and opinionated content. The climate change review is a great model for this. The end goal, of course, would be to help these communities better moderate content on their articles about LGBT+ subjects.
I had hoped to work on something like this later this year, and I would be happy if other editors would like to get involved, but at least for me I'd like to see how the climate denial review pans out first. I am generally opposed to top-down global actions due to their inability to positively influence change and the inherent difficulty integrating with local project autonomy, hence my idea being a review and series of discussions, rather than what seems to effectively be a global deletion drive (the proposal here), in line with the climate review. Regardless, thank you for your interest in fixing these problems. Best regards, Vermont (talk) 00:19, 9 January 2022 (UTC)
    • @Vermont: I’d like to state that my intent was never to create some kind of imperialistic kangaroo court where anglophone users can act as judge, jury, and executioner to non-anglophones, though I understand that it comes across that way. My idea was actually something more like an outreach organization where multilingual wikimedians can be contacted about problematic content by wikimedians who can’t speak a given language well enough to communicate properly so the former can try to deal with the matter as sensitively as possible. Dronebogus (talk) 13:21, 9 January 2022 (UTC)
      I understand, thank you for clarifying. An organization like that would be quite interesting; a sort of multilingual WikiProject. It would have a bit of a bigger scope than a simple content review, but rolling content reviews could be included within it. If done properly, this could be very helpful and long-term. After we can review the results of the climate review, I'd be happy to help see how this can be done effectively. Vermont (talk) 23:11, 9 January 2022 (UTC)
  • I’d also like to add that if administrators on certain projects are frequently using their status to create an anti-LGBT+ chilling effect then that’s not just offensive on ethical grounds but a plain old abuse of power. Dronebogus (talk) 17:44, 11 January 2022 (UTC)
@Dronebogus: Check out this report about that climate change project you suggested for use as a model - en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2022-01-30/Op-Ed Bluerasberry (talk) 00:39, 31 January 2022 (UTC)

Create a noticeboard of anti-LGBT+ activity?Edit

Contributors to this project have hesitated to publicly report anti-LGBT+ sentiment for many reasons, including that a log may encourage additional misconduct, make targets of harassment more vulnerable, and otherwise cause problems when the intent is to correct them. Lately this organization is developing its structure and the Wikimedia Foundation is offering money to groups like this one to build out infrastructure. Maybe it is time to make a public place to log things.

Here is case: there is some ant species which some researchers named with LGBT+ theming, and it appears that a single-purpose protest account tried to delete the record of this. Here are details:

Taken alone this may seem like typical Wikipedia editing, but the LGBT+ community here sees deleting of LGBT content often enough to recognize this sort of edit as being part of a global pattern of LGBT+ discrimination. By posting this I am not accusing anyone of ill intent, but rather, I want to develop ways for the LGBT+ wiki community to log problems so that we can better advocate for ourselves.

I am not sure where such reports should be. This talk page is probably not the place, but maybe something like Wikimedia LGBT+/noticeboard? Comments welcome here, and I will talk with others. Blue Rasberry (talk) 22:08, 8 January 2022 (UTC)

  • I support a basic noticeboard, it’s straightforward and easy for anyone to use. But I also feel like there needs to be some kind of anonymity protection for reporters of anti-LGBT content, like having their names removed from public view in the “contributions” section by default. Dronebogus (talk) 22:32, 8 January 2022 (UTC)
    • I think two major concerns should be removing anti-LGBT+ content on projects in languages you are not proficient in and removing content on projects where the administration is not just not dealing with but actually contributing to the problem. Dronebogus (talk) 22:52, 8 January 2022 (UTC)
A noticeboard specifically for reporting anti-LGBT+ activity would create it's own problems, namely being it's potential for misuse. It would likely be a starting point for many heated discussions and, depending on circumstances, opening up a discussion about a given user could even be construed as a personal attack (i.e., accusing a user of homophobic actions that may not have happened). Not to mention the possibility for harassment related to participation on this proposed noticeboard. RfCs, however, are a good way to make individual situations known while keeping discussion neutral, as the RfC venue has no inherent connotations attached to it, unlike what an anti-LGBT+ noticeboard would. Though the scope of each may not be the same, as the vast majority of local content issues can be resolved locally.
In cases of individual users going to multiple projects to vandalize and add homophobic content, that can be handled like any other cross-wiki vandal, at SRG or another applicable Stewards requests' page. As for more systemic project issues, it may be worth waiting to see how UCOC enforcement develops. Vermont (talk) 00:40, 9 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Support a WMLGBT+ managed noticeboard for flagging cases that themselves could set a policy precedent, or where volunteers could ask for independent advice, away from existing admin or other noticeboards which often attract unwanted hounding and abuse, including untracable threatening private messages. A noticeboard that also gave practical advice on how to stay anonymous while discussing cases especially for those that have an account that is already outed, whistle-blowing where cases could involve existing trusted users like administrators, VTRS volunteers, checkusers, elected members of Affiliate boards etc., or how to ask in private for confidential advice would be good practice. As Dronebogus mentions, these may well be UCoC violations. Most users will have no idea what to do next if they are rejected by local administrators or by making a public complaint results in them being accused of being the harasser or having their account blocked.
It is a fiction to imagine that RfCs are 'neutral', they can only express what the majority of active users on a Wikimedia project think, so for projects like the Russian Wikipedia where a large proportion, possibly a majority, of contributors have forms of anti-LGBTQIA bias and are likely to be subject to hostile anti-LGBTQIA propaganda by their government, a public RfC on LGBTQIA related topics is not a safe or welcoming space for LGBTQIA contributors. In the context where a project has a pattern of anti-LGBTQIA hostility and users are suffering abuse or biased blocks because of allegations of being lobbyists or having conflicts of interest, using these types of public dispute resolution is bad advice. --Anstil (talk) 12:57, 8 March 2022 (UTC)

Rough listing of specific instances of concernEdit

  • The English Wikipedia has a blacklist of troll images (mostly an endless sea of dick pics). Maybe a simple solution to bad image use might be locking some of the images so they can only be used on a universal selected topic page? Dronebogus (talk) 14:23, 19 January 2022 (UTC)
    • Does this solve the issue with the infoboxes, though?
    • Also, fairly new to this area and Wikimedia in general, so this may be a stupid question: is there any policy wrt anti-LGBT rhetoric across all Wikimedia projects? Or for any hateful or discriminatory rhetoric? Or is policy basically decided by the individual Wikipedias? While I don't think we have anything like another Croatian Wikipedia scandal on our hands in terms of ideologically-driven takeovers of Wikipedias, I do worry that some of these Wikipedias may have an "anything goes" attitude with regard to LGBT-related other issues. Obviously, these issues are culturally sensitive, and enwiki's may not be appropriate elsewhere, but is there some sort of central guideline for these issues? --AFreshStart (talk) 00:00, 24 January 2022 (UTC)
      • The UCOC states nobody should be discriminated against or subject to hateful rhetoric for, among many other things, gender identity or sexual orientation. Anti-LGBT rhetoric is also scientifically inaccurate since reliable sources describe being LGBT as normal, healthy human behavior. The reason for this proposal is that the UCOC is poorly enforced across all projects and anti-LGBT content is uniquely problematic due to it being more acceptable and “normal” in much of the world. Dronebogus (talk) 14:01, 24 January 2022 (UTC)
        • Thanks for clarifying; I assumed it was something along these lines. From my understanding, the UCOC would seem to prohibit those infoboxes that specifically say a user is anti-LGBT (i.e. "This participant is an anti-homosexual"; "This user is against LGBT and considers it a human anomaly" -- clearly not giving respect to other users' sexual orientation or gender identity), but doesn't have anything to say against infoboxes opposing gay marriage, or those against the 'promotion' of homosexuality as different language wikis have their own guidelines (whether they actually follow them is their own matter)? --AFreshStart (talk) 14:22, 24 January 2022 (UTC)
          • I still think those are functionally violations of the UCOC because they imply a view of gay people as somehow inferior or “wrong”— otherwise why would you care about them marrying or “promoting” their gayness? Dronebogus (talk) 17:29, 24 January 2022 (UTC)
  • This incident is a perfect example of something that would preferably be addressed by this proposal. While the first user with the hatted wall-of-text is clearly acting in bad faith, the second could either be bad faith or a language barrier. Dronebogus (talk) 00:53, 27 January 2022 (UTC)
  • special:diff/23187656/23187655 routine hate against this project Bluerasberry (talk) 16:52, 24 April 2022 (UTC)

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Male-female and pro-gender variants of the siteEdit

I wanna inform about the draft Male-female and pro-gender variants of the site in the Community Wishlist Survey 2022. ✍️ Dušan Kreheľ (talk) 13:08, 6 February 2022 (UTC)

@Dušan Kreheľ: I asked a question and gave support. Bluerasberry (talk) 02:27, 10 February 2022 (UTC)

Leadership Development Task Force: Your feedback is appreciatedEdit

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The Community Development team at the Wikimedia Foundation is supporting the creation of a global, community-driven Leadership Development Task Force. The purpose of the task force is to advise leadership development work.

The team is looking for feedback about the responsibilities of the Leadership Development Task Force. This Meta page shares the proposal for a Leadership Development Task Force and how you can help. Feedback on the proposal will be collected from 7 to 25 February 2022. --AAkhmedova (WMF) (talk) 18:19, 9 February 2022 (UTC)

Leadership Development Working Group: Apply to join! (14 March to 10 April 2022)Edit

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Hello everyone,

Thank you to everyone who participated in the feedback period for the Leadership Development Working Group initiative. A summary of the feedback can be found on Meta-wiki. This feedback will be shared with the working group to inform their work. The application period to join the Working Group is now open and will close on April 10, 2022. Please review the information about the working group, share with community members who might be interested, and apply if you are interested.

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Friendly reminder: Meet the Community Development teamEdit

Hello everyone,


This is a friendly reminder that The Community Development team at the Wikimedia Foundation is hosting our first ever community call on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 15:00 - 16:00  UTC on Zoom [meeting link]


We want to thank those who have expressed interest in speaking during this call, we had an overwhelming response. Unfortunately we were only able to choose 3 speakers from the community. We will be sending invitations to those who have been selected to participate in the meeting shortly. At this time sign ups for speaking during the call has closed.


To join in the community call:

  • To attend the call, please find the link here.
  • Please ensure you have zoom downloaded on your personal device prior to the call.  


We are excited to see and hear from you in our first ever Community Development community call!


Thank you,


The Community Development team Cassie Casares (talk) 22:19, 15 February 2022 (UTC)

Sunday February 27 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

 
To dance is to fly.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

We'll focus on strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including Hubs+Dialogue, Movement Charter, Universal Code of Conduct+Enforcement Voting, Brand, International Women's Day+Gender Gap and WikiForHumanRights campaigns, and other ongoing activities.

This month we are meeting on Sunday February 27, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

(UTC meeting times are and ).----Pharos (talk) 18:05, 23 February 2022 (UTC)

Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement guidelines ratification voting open from 7 to 21 March 2022Edit

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Hello everyone,

The ratification voting process for the revised enforcement guidelines of the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) is now open! Voting commenced on SecurePoll on 7 March 2022 and will conclude on 21 March 2022. Please read more on the voter information and eligibility details.

The Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) provides a baseline of acceptable behavior for the entire movement. The revised enforcement guidelines were published 24 January 2022 as a proposed way to apply the policy across the movement. You can read more about the UCoC project.

You can also comment on Meta-wiki talk pages in any language. You may also contact the team by email: ucocproject wikimedia.org

Sincerely,

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Wikimedia Foundation

--AAkhmedova (WMF) (talk) 17:38, 7 March 2022 (UTC)

Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement guidelines ratification voting is now closedEdit

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The ratification voting process for the revised enforcement guidelines of the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) came to a close on 21 March 2022. Over 2300 Wikimedians voted across different regions of our movement. Thank you to everyone who participated in this process! The scrutinizing group is now reviewing the vote for accuracy, so please allow up to two weeks for them to finish their work.

The final results from the voting process will be announced here, along with the relevant statistics and a summary of comments as soon as they are available. Please check out the voter information page to learn about the next steps. You can comment on the project talk page on Meta-wiki in any language. You may also contact the UCoC project team by email: ucocproject wikimedia.org

Best regards,

Movement Strategy and Governance

AAkhmedova (WMF) (talk) 09:20, 23 March 2022 (UTC)

Next steps: Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) and UCoC Enforcement GuidelinesEdit

After reviewing vote results and accompanying comments, the Community Affairs Committee decided to launch a fresh round of community consultations. After that, the refined text of the Guidelines will be put for another vote.

The comments have shown that community members unequivocally support creating a safe and welcoming culture that stops hostile and toxic behaviour, supports victims of such actions, and encourages good-faith people to be productive on the Wikimedia projects. While the results did show that support for the UCoC Guidelines exceeded the required 50%+1 vote, the comments highlighted that further revisions would be required to have strong community support to follow through with enforcement.

Therefore the Committee instructed the Foundation to:

Conduct another round of community consultations, and put the newly-refined Guidelines for a community vote.

The WMF team will seek feedback on four topics that stood out among the voter comments. You can learn more about the four topics and the Committee's findings on this Meta page. --AAkhmedova (WMF) (talk) 19:43, 25 April 2022 (UTC)

Invitation to Hubs event: Global Conversation on 2022-03-12 at 13:00 UTCEdit

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Hello, please see an invitation from my colleague about an upcoming Global Conversation about Hubs. AAkhmedova (WMF) (talk) 14:01, 9 March 2022 (UTC)


The Movement Strategy and Governance team of the Wikimedia Foundation would like to invite you to the next event about "Regional and Thematic Hubs". The Wikimedia Movement is in the process of understanding what Regional and Thematic Hubs should be. Our workshop in November was a good start (read the report), but we're not finished yet.

Over the last weeks we conducted about 16 interviews with groups working on establishing a Hub in their context (see Hubs Dialogue). These interviews informed a report that will serve as a foundation for discussion on March 12. The report is planned to be published on March 9.

The event will take place on March 12, 13:00 to 16:00 UTC on Zoom. Interpretation will be provided in French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and Portuguese. Registration is open, and will close on March 10. Anyone interested in the topic is invited to join us. More information on the event on Meta-wiki.

Best regards,

Kaarel Vaidla
Movement Strategy


WMF Introduction and OutreachEdit

Hello! My name is Ricky Gaines and I'm the Senior Human Rights Advocacy Manager on the Wikimedia Foundation's Global Advocacy team. I am also a co-leader of our LGBTQ+ employee resource group and relatively new to the movement. I'm working on a piece about the wave of legislation being considered in many US states that effectively ban discussing LGBTQ+ topics in schools, like the "Don't Say Gay" bill in Florida, and how these kinds of bills are harmful to children AND Wikimedia's vision of "a world in which every single person can freely share and participate in the sum of all knowledge." I'd love to discuss this work with any of the Representatives of this user group. Are any of you available for a call this week or next for me to introduce myself and talk to you about this piece?

Thank you! RGaines (WMF) (talk) 21:28, 23 March 2022 (UTC)RGaines (WMF)

You may have more luck reaching out to the Representatives (User:FULBERT, User:RachelWex, User:Another Believer, User:Fæ, User:Hexatekin) individually. WhinyTheYounger (talk) 02:53, 28 March 2022 (UTC)

Commons discussion of interestEdit

I initiated a discussion of a category on Commons that may be of interest to this project's members. See Commons:Category:Race and Ethnicity by Eric Fischer (2010 Census data) and the banner at the top. In brief, the issue is the apparent use of a deadname on a large number of highly visible Commons files. WhinyTheYounger (talk) 16:22, 28 March 2022 (UTC)

Sunday April 3 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

 
Bots in precious metals are part of our community too.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

We'll focus on strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including UCoC Voting, Hubs Global Conversation held + CEE Hub update, Movement Charter + Leadership Development Working Group, Desktop Improvements, Celebrate Women in March + International Women's Day, Wikimania 2022 survey concluded + Wikimedia Hackathon 2022 May 20-22 + local events, and other ongoing activities.

This month we are meeting on Sunday April 3, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

(UTC meeting times are and , note that some areas recently experienced daylight savings time changes).--Pharos (talk) 17:36, 29 March 2022 (UTC)

Wikimedia Summit 2022Edit

I saw Nicole Ebber's announcement of the upcoming Wikimedia Summit (September 9-11, 2022). It appears this user group is compliant and able to designate a representative. Has a decision been made about who will be attending on behalf of this group, or do any folks wish to express interest? @Bluerasberry: Pinging you, in case you're aware of the current status or have interest in overseeing the selection process again. -Another Believer (talk) 16:01, 4 April 2022 (UTC)

I believe the deadline to apply is April 24. Any update here? -Another Believer (talk) 16:22, 13 April 2022 (UTC)
@Another Believer: Thanks. See below -

(feel free to post this text anywhere appropriate)

This is a call for candidates who would represent Wikimedia LGBT+ at the Wikimedia Summit in Berlin in 9-11 September 2022. 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. Wikimedia LGBT's deadline for nominations is Thursday 21 April 2022, and the Wikimedia Foundation itself requires registration by Sunday 24 April 2022. Discussion about the Summit is in the notes of the monthly Wikimedia LGBT+ meeting at Wikimedia LGBT/2022-04-16.

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

Thanks. Bluerasberry (talk) 18:00, 14 April 2022 (UTC)

Wikimedians for Sustainable Development is a small Wikimedia community group which is also seeking representation at this event. They also are international. I am watching their selection process at Talk:Wikimedians_for_Sustainable_Development#Wikimedia_Summit_2022, because I think the situation there is comparable to here. Bluerasberry (talk) 15:59, 19 April 2022 (UTC)

Call for Summit nominationsEdit

The following discussion is closed: RachelWex has registered to go. Zblace is alternate in case she cannot attend. This was decided in group discussion including those two users. Bluerasberry (talk) 16:55, 24 April 2022 (UTC)

Candidates should self-nominate by writing one sentence of what you would do at the Summit, then sign your name. Bluerasberry (talk) 18:00, 14 April 2022 (UTC)

  • I gave notice at WikiProject LGBT Studies at English Wikipedia. Bluerasberry (talk) 20:28, 15 April 2022 (UTC)
    okOkOK - I self-nominate, in hope I can: Bring specific inputs from the user group about (lack of) practical support in the existing implementations, while promoting our initiatives and giving feedback to plans of future implementations in order for them to have the needs of LGBT+ Wikimedians in mind. --Zblace (talk) 16:17, 19 April 2022 (UTC)
    @Zblace Thanks for self-nominating for this. Would you attend this in person if travel restrictions allow, or otherwise would you plan for remote? Either are fine options for promoting our User Group efforts, and I am wondering where you stand on this. --- FULBERT (talk) 12:49, 22 April 2022 (UTC)
    @FULBERT Sure. I would attend both ways. --Zblace (talk) 11:57, 23 April 2022 (UTC)
  • If I have the option of attending virtually due to employment / funding restrictions, I would speak to the continuing challenges that the Wikimedia LGBT+ user group faces and advocate for solutions. RachelWex (talk) 20:19, 21 April 2022 (UTC)
    @RachelWex Does this mean you self-nominate for attending the Summit remotely, though cannot fully commit to doing it depending on work? Attending in person includes funding associated with getting there and back. Thank you. --- FULBERT (talk) 12:52, 22 April 2022 (UTC)

Movement Strategy and Governance News – Issue 6Edit

Movement Strategy and Governance News
Issue 6, April 2022Read the full newsletter


Welcome to the sixth issue of Movement Strategy and Governance News! This revamped newsletter distributes relevant news and events about the Movement Charter, Universal Code of Conduct, Movement Strategy Implementation grants, Board of trustees elections and other relevant MSG topics.

This Newsletter will be distributed quarterly, while the more frequent Updates will also be delivered weekly. Please remember to subscribe here if you would like to receive future issues of this newsletter.

  • Leadership Development - A Working Group is Forming! - The application to join the Leadership Development Working Group closed on April 10th, 2022, and up to 12 community members will be selected to participate in the working group. (continue reading)
  • Universal Code of Conduct Ratification Results are out! - The global decision process on the enforcement of the UCoC via SecurePoll was held from 7 to 21 March. Over 2,300 eligible voters from at least 128 different home projects submitted their opinions and comments. (continue reading)
  • Movement Discussions on Hubs - The Global Conversation event on Regional and Thematic Hubs was held on Saturday, March 12, and was attended by 84 diverse Wikimedians from across the movement. (continue reading)
  • Movement Strategy Grants Remain Open! - Since the start of the year, six proposals with a total value of about $80,000 USD have been approved. Do you have a movement strategy project idea? Reach out to us! (continue reading)
  • The Movement Charter Drafting Committee is All Set! - The Committee of fifteen members which was elected in October 2021, has agreed on the essential values and methods for its work, and has started to create the outline of the Movement Charter draft. (continue reading)
  • Introducing Movement Strategy Weekly - Contribute and Subscribe! - The MSG team have just launched the updates portal, which is connected to the various Movement Strategy pages on Meta-wiki. Subscriber to get up-to-date news about the various ongoing projects. (continue reading)
  • Diff Blogs - Check out the most recent publications about Movement Strategy on Wikimedia Diff. (continue reading)

--AAkhmedova (WMF) (talk) 08:00, 16 April 2022 (UTC)

2022 Board of Trustees Call for CandidatesEdit

You can find this message translated into additional languages on Meta-wiki.

The Board of Trustees seeks candidates for the 2022 Board of Trustees election. Read more on Meta-wiki.

The 2022 Board of Trustees election is here! Please consider submitting your candidacy to serve on the Board of Trustees.

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia Foundation's operations. Community-and-affiliate selected trustees and Board-appointed trustees make up the Board of Trustees. Each trustee serves a three year term. The Wikimedia community has the opportunity to vote for community-and-affiliate selected trustees.

The Wikimedia community will vote to fill two seats on the Board in 2022. This is an opportunity to improve the representation, diversity, and expertise of the Board as a team.

Who are potential candidates? Are you a potential candidate? Find out more on the Apply to be a Candidate page.

Thank you for your support,

Movement Strategy and Governance on behalf of the Elections Committee and the Board of Trustees
--AAkhmedova (WMF) (talk) 12:48, 28 April 2022 (UTC)

Write for the Rights Nigeria 2022Edit

June globally is regarded as the month of pride where LGBTQ rights is celebrated. So due to the success of the first LGBTQ event and contest in Nigeria last year which provided an avenue where lot of queer articles was improved and the overwhelming supports; we are proposing a 2022 edition which will be inform of a contest and open to all participants to improve Nigeria LGBTQ articles to celebrate the global moth of pride in Nigeria. So a grant request for support has been published here and hence seek your supports to make this happen and further increase the awareness of Nigeria LGBTQ topics. Thanks. Hadassahlove (talk) 15:17, 29 April 2022 (UTC)

2 Articles connected with WikiProject LGBT studies - Deletion discussionsEdit

Two articles that may be of interest to the User Group are being discussed for deletion, and I want to make sure people are aware of them. They are Joe Locke (actor) and Yasmin Finney. These two articles are for actors in the Netflix series Heartstopper, and I believe they are both credible enough to warrant articles while their contributions to the entertainment industry are unique in their roles. Please check them out and offer feedback on the AfD pages. --- FULBERT (talk) 15:45, 1 May 2022 (UTC)

Sunday May 8 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

 
Swans are musical creatures.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

We'll focus on strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including 2022 Board of Trustees Call for Candidates, Movement Charter/Content preliminary narrative, Human Rights Policy Community Conversations, Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan Feedback, IP blocking and Open Proxies discussion, Wikimedia Hackathon 2022 May 20-22 + local events, and other ongoing activities.

This month we are meeting on Sunday May 8, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

(UTC meeting times are and , note that some areas recently experienced daylight savings time changes).--Pharos (talk) 18:08, 3 May 2022 (UTC)

2022 Wikimedia Hackathon - May 20th - 22ndEdit

Hello all,

This is to invite you for this year's Wikimedia Hackathon from May 20-22. We hope to see you there! You can share the update with your community as well.

The main event will be held online this year. We have an open call for sessions on our schedule page. If you'd like to host a session, you can simply pick an open slot in the category which best fits your topic. The developer advocacy team also put together some suggestions for how to create a fun session.


You can also add project ideas to the Phabricator Board

We will share more information soon about how to join the online space. You can also check through the list of local meetups holding around the world, you may find any closer to you.

If you have any enquiry or translation requests, please contact hlepp@wikimedia.org


See you there!

Best regards,

James Popoola

On behalf of the 2022 Wikimedia Hackathon Committee.

James Moore200 (talk) 17:18, 5 May 2022 (UTC)

Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees election 2022 - Call for Election VolunteersEdit

You can find this message translated into additional languages on Meta-wiki.

The Movement Strategy and Governance team is looking for community members to serve as election volunteers in the upcoming Board of Trustees election.

The idea of the Election Volunteer Program came up during the 2021 Wikimedia Board of Trustees Election. This program turned out to be successful. With the help of Election Volunteers we were able to increase outreach and participation in the election by 1,753 voters over 2017. Overall turnout was 10.13%, 1.1 percentage points more, and 214 wikis were represented in the election.

There were a total of 74 wikis that did not participate in 2017 that produced voters in the 2021 election. Can you help increase the participation even more?

Election volunteers will help in the following areas:

  • Translate short messages and announce the ongoing election process in community channels
  • Optional: Monitor community channels for community comments and questions

Volunteers should:

  • Maintain the friendly space policy during conversations and events
  • Present the guidelines and voting information to the community in a neutral manner

Do you want to be an election volunteer and ensure your community is represented in the vote? Sign up here to receive updates. You can use the talk page for questions about translation.

--AAkhmedova (WMF) (talk) 13:08, 6 May 2022 (UTC)

[Community call] Community Development Team: Trainings & Projects within Capacity BuildingEdit

Hello everyone,

The Community Development team will be leading its second community call on May 25th, 2022 @ 15:00 UTC - 16:30 UTC on zoom.

You can join the call on the scheduled date and time here.

This will be our second community call! To read the first community call please visit our  meta page. The Community Development team would like to provide the opportunity for volunteers who are interested in presenting their current work related to capacity building. The allotted time for speakers is 5-10 minutes each.

What is expected in the call?

We invite presenters to share about past/current projects/ programs or training that have taken place or are currently happening in their community.

We also invite volunteers to connect about community projects they would like to share or need. The Community Development team would like to encourage this call to be a safe space to share ideas, ask questions and get to know more Wikimedians from all parts of the movement.

If you are interested in speaking at the call, please sign up here. Although the primary language of the call is English, we are committed to providing simultaneous translation to the best of our ability. Please use the same sign up sheet to indicate your language preference & time zone so that we can do our best to accommodate translation support and timezone for this call and the next community call as needed.

To participate in the community call:

  • Second community call: May 25, 2022 from 15:00 - 16:30 UTC on Zoom
  • Sign up to speak at the second community call. The application closes on May 18th, 2022.  

We are excited to see and hear from you in our call! If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Community Development team at comdevteam@wikimedia.org.

Thank you,

The Community Development team Cassie Casares (talk) 21:24, 10 May 2022 (UTC)

Edit-a-thon in Berlin at XPOSED Queer Film Festival 2022Edit

Hey everyone! Just wanted to inform you that I will organise a queer edit-a-thon in Berlin next week on Friday and Saturday (27-28 May 20022) arround queer experimental film in collaboration with XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin. We are happy about contributors also from afar who would like to write about queer experimental film. A few article suggestions and more info about the edit-a-thon here: XPOSED Queer Film Festival 2022 --Shikeishu (talk) 15:28, 20 May 2022 (UTC)

Inspiring Open PodcastsEdit

I am posting the announcement below, which you may have missed elsewhere, and in the hope that you can share it with your local communities.

Hello all,

I am happy to announce that Wiki in Africa launched its new episode of Inspiring Open, the new podcast series from Wiki Loves Woman.

Inspiring Open is available across multiple platforms under a free licence (CC BY SA). The series is free to access, and free to share, redistribute, reuse, and remix.

If you are interested, please indicate here your User Page to be notified once a new episode is released.

Cheers!

--Afek91 (talk) 13:57, 24 May 2022 (UTC)

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