Sarah Stierch | 16 Dec 17:09 2014
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Australian article about recent onwiki drama

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/12/14/comment-will-editing-disputes-mean-end-wikipedia

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Neotarf Betacancri | 13 Dec 07:13 2014
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If I am going to be hung as Gender Gap, I may as well sign up for the mailing list

Greeting all, it looks like I'm late for the party, but since I am being hung as Gender Gap, I may as well join the mailing list.

I may not know much about Gender, but I do know that using slurs based on gender, race, or sexual orientation is not cute, or "just swearing".  It is bigotry, and it is deeply offensive.  This is identity politics, pure and simple, and it has no place on Wikipedia.

I am indebted to Kevin Gorman for his statement, "Neotarf is being topic-banned from a project they were a productive contributor to on a handful of flimsy
diffs."  I have always been one of the Arbitration committee's biggest fans, but this decision is disturbing on a number of levels.

A WikiProject operating under the professed aims of the Foundation has been subjected to unprecedented harassment, again and again.  So, did the Arbcom tell the bullies that the Gender Gap project's talk page was not the right venue to discuss ad nauseum whether the project should exist or not, as they would have with any other project or article page?  No.  The bullies are told to please be nice very nicely and this time we really mean it. The targets of the bullying have had their fragile and emerging leadership destroyed and discredited, and their workspace salted with discretionary sanctions. The harshest treatment of all was reserved for someone who was passing by and tried to help.  It is yet to be seen what effect this will have on any potential "allies" programs that may be in the works.
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Jim Hayes | 13 Dec 13:44 2014
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HBR report: Women better leaders than men?

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Chris Keating | 12 Dec 19:48 2014
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Diversity training for functionaries

Don't know if this has been floated before - apologies if so - but:

Part of the problem we have is the sheer depth of ignorance among otherwise well-intentioned community members.

This depth of ignorance is naturally shared by the people who play leadership roles in the community. So we end up with stewards, arbitrators and bureaucrats who potentially end up reinforcing the gender gap problem because they just have no clue how the structure they maintain can sometimes be a tool to exclude people.

How about offering some form of diversity training to functionaries to help broaden perspectives and raise understanding? Obviously, from the point of view of supporting them to do their difficult and fairly thankless roles better, rather than beating them with diversity sticks.

It could happen (indeed, WMF could make it happen with some volunteer input); could it help?

Chris

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Carol Moore dc | 12 Dec 17:20 2014
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Gender gap emails Arbitrator doesn't like

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia_talk:Arbitration_Committee/Noticeboard&diff=637703278&oldid=637701678
Is a comment by an Arbitrator about things written last month or so here, none by me, they don't like.

Thinks it's necessary "the moderators get a grip on some of the things being said there." (Moderator comments welcome here for guidance.)

*https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/gendergap/2014-November/004930.html
"a posting about legal repercussions"

*https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/gendergap/2014-December/005008.html
"suggesting doxxing/opposition research"

*https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/gendergap/2014-December/005068.html "plans" to https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/gendergap/2014-December/005079.html "block vote at ArbCom elections with new editors recruited at editathons."  (actually just a suggestion by an annoyed editor)

Hopefully they aren't proposing a standard tougher than than on all the other mailing lists, none of which I personally belong to.

CM


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| 12 Dec 11:52 2014
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Carolmooredc's talk page now made uneditable

Re: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Carolmooredc

After adding links to the Slate article to Carol's talk page, the page
has now been protected against all edits apart from sysops. In my
view, the gradual change over the last two years to seeing the edit
rights of banned users changed so they can no longer discuss their ban
or related issues, is a poor move for openness of the project, and a
distinct lack of belief in reform or the ability of the project to
welcome back past banned or blocked users.

This case is doubly offensive as now nobody can use Carol's talk page
to ask about the ban or develop evidence that might help with an unban
request.

I have raised a polite request with the admin that took this action at
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Ricky81682#User_talk:Carolmooredc>,
should this fail, then I can escalate to have this reviewed at
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requests_for_page_protection>.
If anyone on this list would like to support removing the edit block
on Carol's page, now is the time to make yourself heard on-wiki.

Thanks,
Fae
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Samuel Klein | 12 Dec 00:33 2014
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Tor on harassment

The Tor Project today put out a statement against online harassment, in particular the singling out of women:
https://blog.torproject.org/blog/solidarity-against-online-harassment

It's worth a read, and I'm sure they would welcome comments from other communities.

SJ
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Sarah Stierch | 11 Dec 22:34 2014
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ya'll are in slate

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Sarah Stierch | 10 Dec 01:28 2014
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Fwd: FemTechNet NYC Wikipedia Workshop / Edit-a-thon at Barnard, Friday (12/12) 6-9pm

see below..
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Veronica Paredes <vaparedes <at> gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 3:26 PM
Subject: FemTechNet NYC Wikipedia Workshop / Edit-a-thon at Barnard, Friday (12/12) 6-9pm
To: femtechnet <at> umich.edu


Hi FemTechNet, 

If you are in the New York City area and interested in learning more about Wikipedia editing, please consider joining us this Friday evening at Barnard College for a FemTechNet Wikipedia workshop. 

FemTechNet NYC Wikipedia Workshop and Edit-a-thon
with Stephanie Rosen & Veronica Paredes

Friday, December 12, 2014
6:00-9:00pm
222 Milbank Hall, Barnard College
120th St. and Broadway, NYC

A collaborative event hosted by Barnard College Library, School of Media Studies at The New School, and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. This workshop will focus on the gender gap in Wikipedia through short lessons, discussion, and hands-on editing. Please register to reserve a space at our event (all welcome!), and see our Wikipedia Meetup page for information on remote participation and updates on agenda items. For more information, contact Stephanie Rosen at ssrosen (at) gmail (dot) com. Remote participants can attend via BlueJeans video conferencing, please email for link.

** Building info: Wheelchair accessible entrance at 119 St. entrance on Clermont Ave. / Gender neutral restrooms available on 1st floor of Milbank Hall. **

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Full links:

Registration

Meetup Page



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marinka marinkavandam.com | 11 Dec 19:58 2014

Tim Berners-Lee says Net 'less free and more unequal'

Just in - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30432487

"Other headline findings from the report include:

  • 74% of countries either lack clear and effective net neutrality rules and/or show evidence of traffic discrimination
  • 62% of countries report that the web plays a major role in sparking social or political action
  • 74% of countries are not doing enough to stop online harassment of women"
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Sarah Stierch | 11 Dec 19:01 2014
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Rosiestep in Huffington Post (yay good news)

yay rays of sunshine :)

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/netha-hussain/rosie-stephenson-the-woma_b_6302636.html

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