Universal Code of Conduct/Drafting committee
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The Universal Code of Conduct Drafting committee for phase 2 (UCoCDC 2 or “the committee”) is a group of Wikimedians brought together with the purpose of writing the draft for enforcement guidelines for the Universal Code of Conduct for Board ratification as requested in the Board statement on community culture 2020. The committee will consist of volunteer movement members brought in through an open application process, affiliate staff volunteering for it and qualified Foundation staff based on specific skills (including legal experience, diversity & inclusion experience, and translatability expertise). Members will be selected by the Vice President of Community Resilience and Sustainability of the Wikimedia Foundation. Volunteer members for the committee will be respected community members with at least two of the following skills or traits:
- experience with the application of existing rules and policies on Wikimedia projects
- experience in cooperating online
- experience in collaborating in an international team
- participatory decision making
They will be selected as much as possible to also represent the diversity of our movement in respect to languages spoken, geography, gender, age, project size of their home wiki, and their roles within the Wikimedia movement. Building on the detailed recommendations made by the movement strategy working group on community health, the Committee will look at the emerging feedback from Wikimedia communities, affiliate groups and functionaries about their needs and desires for application and enforcement of conduct policy. Work will be conducted through a facilitated structure to avoid impasses and maintain focus. One or more people will be selected for their writing skills to do the actual drafting based on input from the group. A dedicated facilitator will provide this structure, lead the facilitation, and provide additional resources as needed.
Phase 2 call for applicationsEdit
Phase 2 drafting committee membersEdit
We are pleased to announce that the Universal Code of Conduct drafting committee for phase 2 has been assembled. We had 35 volunteers apply, either by publicly signing up on the Meta page, or by sending an email. Volunteers from at least 20 different countries applied, identifying themselves as working on 26 different wikimedia projects. There was a wide range of roles applicants held within the movement as well as a wide range of experiences on wiki and skills in policy making outside the movement. It was once again very hard to narrow down from this diverse and extremely qualified pool of applicants.
We feel lucky that we could choose from such a broad and exciting candidate pool and form a committee we think will collaborate with one another effectively and create the best possible enforcement guidelines for the Universal Code of Conduct for the Wikimedia movement.
The new committee is a group of people that includes Wikimedians from 9 different countries and who edit our projects in more than 11 different languages. Collectively they hold sysop roles on 13 different projects and 11 higher functionary roles, including two global sysops and 2 sitting arbitrators on different projects. Unfortunately no steward or former steward applied as a volunteer, but we were able to use one of the Foundation staff slots to appoint a member who was a steward until recently. Several members of the committee have been editing since 2008, we have a member who helped organize Wikimania 2007, and we also have someone who joined the Wikimedia movement only in 2021. Collectively the committee members have edited our projects more than 395,000 times with their volunteer accounts. The committee also includes founding and board members of affiliates of different sizes, a sitting AffCom member and several members of the OTRS-Team.
We are extremely grateful to everyone who volunteered and certainly to those who have accepted the responsibility of producing this first document. It will be the inspiring starting point from which enforcement processes and strategies will evolve over time. We know there will be many hard conversations within the committee and beyond, and we hope that everyone with an interest will participate as we work together to try to create fair systems for all.
Phase 2 volunteersEdit
Phase 2 staff membersEdit
Phase 2 drafting committee timelineEdit
|Onboarding call (optional)||29 April||Welcome, overview of reading materials, review guidelines, expectations, timeline, Friendly Space Policy, committee tools and platforms, remote etiquette, Q&A.||1 hour.|
|Onboarding library + required reading||26 April – 10 May||Go through the library for required reading before the first drafting session.||5 to 8 hours.|
|Drafting sessions||14 May – 9 July||Drafting sessions will be held weekly. There will also be asynchronous work.||2-hour weekly drafting sessions. Up to 4-hour weekly asynchronous work.|
|Translation of the draft||10 July – 20 July||Break for the drafting committee.||No time required.|
|Public review period||20 July – 20 September||Committee break with options for 1-2 hours of weekly participation in community discussions.
Final decisions will be made when the committee reconvenes.
|No time required.
Optional participation with weekly digest - committee members who do not follow discussions as they are happening will be expected to read the digests before the committee reconvenes.
|Drafting Committee Proposal Refining||1 October – 30 November||Committee will reconvene to work through and implement community feedback.||2-hour weekly refining sessions. Up to 2-hour weekly asynchronous work.|
The ideal drafting committee paradox - a short essayEdit
- Essay by CSteigenberger (WMF)
In an ideal world, the drafting committee would represent the full diversity of our movement and all members would have important insights into how policies are applied successfully on different Wikimedia projects, but also elsewhere in the world. It would have members who have held extended rights for a long time, sat on ArbComs and other committees, as well as newcomers to our projects. Some of its members would be Wikimedians who have been targeted by harassers, others would be people who have resolved incidents around harassment successfully. There would also be Wikimedians who have falsely been accused of harassment. On the committee we would see Wikimedians from different projects from all around the world. Young Wikimedians, old Wikimedians, women, men, non-binary Wikimedians, Wikimedians with different skin tones, different religious backgrounds, working in different topic areas and more.
All those people would interact with each other respectfully and in harmony, making room for the viewpoints of others but also bringing forward their own insights and ideas. They would be flexible in their scheduling and accommodating the needs of other committee members. They would be solution focused and effective in creating a text in English that is easily translatable. They would enjoy creating guidelines for enforcement, taking into account existing community processes and making sure they are in compliance with legal requirements the Wikimedia Foundation has to fulfill.
At the same time this ideal committee would be made up of ordinary, real people, just like you. People who might have work obligations, families, social lives and a wide variety of interests outside the Wikimedia movement and who also need time to sleep, to rest and to do lots of things not connected to the UCoC. People with a limited understanding of the complexity of the task and people with limited energy. People who make mistakes, create misunderstandings, might be moody or even difficult at times and might get sick or experience other unexpected problems.
It will take people with traits on both sides of this paradox to create the best possible drafting committee. We want to encourage you to think about what parts of this ideal committee describe you best and to let us know about them!
|Phase 1 Drafting committee recruiting and meeting notes|
The Universal Code of Conduct Drafting committee (UCoCDC or “the committee”) is a group of Wikimedians brought together with the purpose of finalizing the draft of the Universal Code of Conduct by August 30, 2020, for Board ratification as requested in the Board statement on community culture 2020. The committee will consist of volunteer movement members brought in through an open application process, and qualified Foundation staff based on specific skills (including legal experience, diversity & inclusion experience, and translatability expertise). Members will be selected by the Vice President of Community Resilience and Sustainability of the Wikimedia Foundation. Volunteer members for the committee will be respected community members with at least two of the following skills or traits:
They will be selected as much as possible to also represent the diversity of our movement in respect to languages spoken, geography, gender, age, project size of their home wiki, and their roles within the Wikimedia movement. Building on the detailed recommendations made by the movement strategy working group on community health, the Committee will use the Contributor Covenant as baseline and incorporate feedback gathered as appropriate. Work will be conducted through a facilitated structure to avoid impasses and maintain focus. One or two people will be selected for their writing skills to do the actual drafting based on input from the group. A dedicated Foundation team, Community Development, will provide this structure, lead the facilitation, and provide additional resources as needed.
Phase 1 call for applications
Phase 1 applications for the drafting committee
Phase 1 drafting committee members
We are happy to announce that the Universal Code of Conduct drafting committee has been assembled. We had 26 volunteers apply, either by publicly signing up on the Meta page, or by sending an email. Volunteers from 18 different countries applied, speaking 11 different languages.
We had Wikimedian applicants with different levels of experience on-wiki, from someone who started editing only last year to people who have been editing for more than 18 years and/or have more than 300,000 edits. Applicants held a variety of different roles within the movement, and also informed us about interesting and relevant experiences in their real-life careers. It was very hard to narrow down from this diverse and extremely qualified pool of applicants.
For the final selection, two aspects guided the decision making - we want a committee that at the one hand will represent important parts of the movement. Prolific editors as well as Wikimedians whose strength is more in organizing events, Wikimedians from different demographics, contributors from small and large wikis, and people holding different roles within the movement. We also wanted a group of people who will collaborate with one another effectively and create the best possible Universal Code of Conduct for the Wikimedia movement. Experience has taught us that committees that are too large find it difficult to work effectively, so we decided to cap the number of seats to 6 volunteer seats and 3 staff seats. Please note that more chances for engagement are coming up during the community draft review period starting from August 24.
Phase 1 volunteers
Phase 1 staff members
Phase 1 advisory roles
The Universal Code of Conduct Drafting committee is being supported by Wikimedia Foundation staff in terms of logistics and coordination, but also from community members offering insights and draft feedback through Advisory roles. They provided insights about specific processes, such as running content drives, starting new editing communities, keeping real-life events safe, and serving on movement committees. Advisory roles were selected from interested parties who offered some of these relevant experiences during the application period for the Drafting Committee.
How do Advisory members take part in the process?
Advisory members will be supported by staff to provide focused insights, data, and experiences to the Drafting Committee through interviews, written briefs, and informational video call sessions. Their input will also inform Phase 2 of the UCoC project.
Phase 1 advisory members
Phase 1 meeting summaries
Please see this subpage for summaries of the 9 Phase 1 meetings: Universal Code of Conduct/Drafting committee/Phase 1 meeting summaries.