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Submission no. 2047 Subject - C6
Title of the submission
From Mexico City to Montréal: The Code of Conduct and You
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Roundtable discussion
Author of the submission
Matthew Flaschen / User:Mattflaschen-WMF
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Country of origin
United States of America
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

The Wikimedia technical community approved our Code of Conduct this March, part of a broader effort to make the Wikimedia movement more respectful, diverse, and welcoming.

This roundtable is an opportunity to learn about and discuss the new Code of Conduct. Topics may include the contents of the policy and how it differs from other communities’ policies. We also hope to spark some discussion and consideration on how other communities (inside and outside of Wikimedia) can choose to adopt codes of conduct or similar policies.

The Code of Conduct is a policy which creates clear expectations, so people can better interact with each other in a respectful and productive way.

In other organizations, the Code of Conduct drafting process is often limited to a small group of people, and the Code is frequently approved by a Benevolent Dictator for Life or small governing board. In contrast, our Code of Conduct was written, debated, and approved with deep community participation throughout.

It also solves difficult problems that similar open source organizations did not or could not address.

The Code of Conduct includes a statement of principles, behavioral expectations, and an enforcement mechanism.

The goal is to use it as a tool for cultural change, to help us become a stronger and more diverse community. We expect it will be used as an informal but effective community reference point, in addition to the formal enforcement process.

What will attendees take away from this session?
Attendees will learn about the Wikimedia Code of Conduct for technical spaces, how it benefits the community, how it was developed, and how other communities inside or outside Wikimedia can adopt a Code of Conduct.
Theme of presentation
  • WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
45 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Notes: https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/Wikimania2017-CoC
Special requests
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  6. — regards, Revi 07:18, 25 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  7. --Elitre (WMF) (talk) 13:29, 23 June 2017 (UTC)[reply]
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