What is the problem you're trying to solve?Translation: if you're going to be permitted to criticize anyone, the women are going to run away.
There is currently no space on Wikipedia where a woman can go and be sure that she'll be able to participate in discussions without being dominated by men's voices. Wikipedia needs a place where women can feel safer and not always overwhelmed by male advice, criticism, and explanations.
What is your solution?
Using the user preferences "Internationalisation" setting for those who prefer to be described as "she" (or the "Female Wikipedians" category), plus a project-moderator process where editors pledge that they are women and have read and agreed to the project's rules, registered women editors may join the project and discuss Wikipedia related matters. It would probably be more focused on community, policies, and guidelines than on content, but content discussion would not be off limits.
Women editors would not be required to join the project, of course, and all editors, regardless of gender, would be able to read the project's pages. The project is not meant to replace any existing project. The project will not be against the WMF Non discrimination policy because it will not prohibit any editor from contributing to any Wikimedia project.
The pledge process would be similar to the subscription process that the Anita Borg Institute "Systers" forum has been using successfully for over 20 years.
- Create a space conducive to women's participation on Wikipedia. (No trashing allowed.)
- Maintain the space for women to seek advice from women peers.
- Maintain the space for women to discuss the challenges they share as women Wikipedians.
- Increase the number of women editors on Wikipedia.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Separate but totally equal
It's always amusing to see equalitarians implicitly admit they can't compete on an equal playing field or even abide neutral standards: