Recommending a Friendly Space policy for Queering Wikipedia

2019 Dec 26, Timid Robot Zehta

For the Queering Wikipedia Conference 2020, I recommend using the Contributor Covenant with updated examples of unacceptable behavior.

While the General friendly space policy for Wikimedia events is a good start, it lacks definitions of harrassment that may better protect LGBT+ individuals and it lacks specifics about enforcement.

Contributor Covenant

The Contributor Covenant v2.0 is a mature code of conduct that has been very widely adopted. It is self-contained, well worded, and easy to communicate. It has more robust documentation on enforcement. With a few changes, it can better protect members of the LGBT+ communities:

Our Standards: Examples of unacceptable behavior

  1. Update the use of sexualized language or imagery to allow relevent content
  2. Add deliberate misgendering or use of "dead" or rejected names
  3. Add questioning or challenging someone's stated self-identity or chosen labels
  4. Add continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
  5. Update publishing others' private information with additional examples specific to LGBT+ communities

Updated Stanza

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery not directly related to conference content (conference content might include: history of gender in images, HIV awareness, etc.)
  • Sexual attention or advances of any kind
  • Trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of "dead" or rejected names
  • Questioning or challenging someone's stated self-identity or chosen labels, even if they conflict with your own views
  • Making general statements about groups you do not belong to
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others' private information (including, but not limited to: age, contact information, gender, legal name, orientation, trans status, workplace) without their explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting

Markdown File Comparison

--- Contributor Convenant 2.0
+++ Recommended for Queering Wikipedia
@@ -18,12 +18,20 @@

 Examples of unacceptable behavior include:

-* The use of sexualized language or imagery, and sexual attention or
-  advances of any kind
+* The use of sexualized language or imagery not directly related to conference
+  content (conference content might include: history of gender in images, HIV
+  awareness, etc.)
+* Sexual attention or advances of any kind
 * Trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
+* Deliberate misgendering or use of "dead" or rejected names
+* Questioning or challenging someone's stated self-identity or chosen labels,
+  even if they conflict with your own views
+* Making general statements about groups you do not belong to
+* Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
 * Public or private harassment
-* Publishing others' private information, such as a physical or email
-  address, without their explicit permission
+* Publishing others' private information (including, but not limited to: age,
+  contact information, gender, legal name, orientation, trans status,
+  workplace) without their explicit permission
 * Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a
   professional setting

Enforcement

Important! You must add a contact method to the placeholder in the document so that people know how to report violations. (Contributor Covenant)

Discussion

The Queering Wikipedia Conference 2020 Friendly Space Policy is discussed on the Talk:Wikimedia LGBT+ - Meta page.

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