Code of Conduct/Committee members
Following the process described in the Code of Conduct for Wikimedia technical spaces, on 2017-04-08 the Wikimedia Foundation’s Technical Collaboration proposed five candidates to form the first Code of Conduct Committee and five candidates to become auxiliary members. After two weeks of community review, no feedback was received challenging any of the candidates. The committee members and auxiliary members were confirmed on 2017-04-24, and they are expected to start their term officially on 2017-05-20.
I am a Wikipedian and have been active in the Wikimedia movement since 2006, mostly in Persian and English Wikipedia and Wikidata, also doing research on how Wikipedia works. I have been active and contributed in technical projects such as ORES, Wikidata, MediaWiki core and its extensions, i18n, RTL, operations, labs, pywikibot, and I am open to help in any other areas if that's going to help the Wikimedia movement. One of the biggest holdbacks in our movement is the harsh environment we face in the technical spaces and I consider everyone's responsibility to keep them safe and welcoming, which is why I want to be a member of CoC committee.
I am a researcher in computer science and have been involved mainly with the Wikidata and Wikibase community, as a member of the community, as a software developer, and now as a researcher. I have been interested in the field of software development from all these perspectives, as well as contributing to a community, that is welcoming. The CoC for Wikimedia Technical Spaces to me supports and guarantees this welcoming culture, therefore I would like to contribute to its success.
I began working for the Wikimedia Foundation in December 2013 because I wanted to work in technology in a project that did not revolve around profit and that, I, personally, used and cared a lot about. I work in software because I enjoy the variety of work available to software engineers, there is always something interesting to learn about and work on. I believe that having a code of conduct shows that the Wikimedia technical community cares about it being welcoming to all, disagreements will happen and the CoC reinforces the idea that we should tackle those with civility.
I'm Sébastien, can be found in forests, hackerspaces, IRC or urban life and is interested by free culture, social justice issues (I'm involved with LGBTQ and anti-racism efforts) and constitutional law. One of my motto has always been « La connaissance s'accroît quand on la partage » (Share your knowledge, you'll increase it), and that's what drives me to contribute to Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons or to our technical spaces, where I handle configuration requests from communities and contribute a little to MediaWiki. More generally, I'm interested to interop, best practices, infrastructure and architecture from a DevOps point of view. Today, we face new challenges of governance and ethics: to deliver open source software isn't enough, we also need to ensure everyone — in their large spectrum of diversity — can contribute to our environment.
Tony Thomas (01tonythomas)
I have been involved with the Wikimedia Movement contributing to Mediawiki software and later to outreach programs since 2013 in a volunteer capacity. I completed my Google Summer of Code internship with Wikimedia in 2014 and later advanced as a mentor and organization administrator. Apart from developing the web in Python and PHP, I have also organized and taken part in a couple of workshops and hackathons to onboard new technical volunteers to the movement. My work these days with the community involves a lot of technical volunteers, and a considerable percentage of them are new to the community - which makes me consider the CoC seriously.
Ariel Glenn (ArielGlenn)
I am: enby, an immigrant, over 50, probably an imposter; I do: photography, bits of art, open source, open content, media and other activism, smoothies and chocolate. I stumbled into the English and Greek Wiktionaries by touching template code, just once; that led to addiction which led to more code which led to a job at the WMF. In my off time I'm a bot tinkerer, mostly bash/sed/grep/awk/perl/python; at work I'm interested in dumps and mirrors of project content as well as off-line readers. Wikimedia should be setting an example for other tech communities by making sure that our tech spaces are welcoming and supportive to contributors other than the stereotypical developer; bonus, we'll attract and keep such contributors!
I'm Caroline Becker (User:Léna), a 30 year old computer scientist living in Toulouse, France, involved in social justice (feminist, LGBT+) movement. I've been contributing to the French Wikipedia since 2005 (elected admin in 2009), to Wikimedia Commons since 2009 (elected admin in 2012) and Wikidata. In the past years, I've been involved in lot of outreach and meta activities in the Wikimedia community : GLAM mass uploads, edit-a-thon, conferences, program committee for Wikimania 2017. I've attended the 2015 and 2017 Hackathons, I write bots and review grants, a significant part of them being about software development. I am very glad to be part of a community that takes harassment and toxic behaviour seriously and I'm honored to be trusted to maintain a healthy environment.
Florian Schmidt (Florianschmidtwelzow)
I'm a long-term volunteer contributor in the technical community of the Wikimedia movement, mostly involved in extensions like MobileFrontend and MediaWiki core. The Wikimedia movement is as big and diverse as the user base of the projects, that are created around and in this movement. Being part of such a big community, which is united by working together to achieve our one goal, is a great opportunity to learn many new things and people, and work together getting free knowledge to everyone. The software development itself is a very interesting area. You can create a lot of great things, that either can have an effect for you or another individual as well as for thousands of hundreds of people. Being involved in the process of creating and maintaining features used by hundreds of users all the day is great. And having the opportunity to learn from other great contributors is only one of many great facts from being part of an open source software project. Every community and even every group of people follow little and important rules to make the life and work as painless as possible for each individual. Having such rules written down in a basic and fundamental code of conduct makes clear, for what we, as a community, stand, and how we work, live and get things done together in a friendly and welcoming way. The phrases in the Code of Conduct may look pretty "normal" for everyone, who is already in the community, but clearly communicates, what fundamental behavioral rules we expect anyone, no matter what standing he or she has in the community and if he or she is new in our community or not, to follow.
I am Huji and I have been a Wikipedian for more than 10 years. I am mostly active on Persian Wikipedia (where I am a bureaucrat, oversighter and checkuser), and as a MediaWiki developer (where I have contributed to the core, as well as CheckUser, SecurePoll, and AbuseFilter extensions). I strongly believe in the freedom of knowledge, and trust in Wikimedia as a platform to achieve this goal. I also think that part of what makes Wikimedia projects dynamic, progressive, sustainable and unique is that the "content developers" and "technical developers" are so closely interacting. But as much as the interaction of these two communities excites me, their differences and how to navigate between them is an exciting challenge to work on as well. I try to contribute to WMF, not just by coding, producing content, or project management, but also by helping resolve these challenges, and streamlining the ways these two communities depend on each other. That is why, for instance, I served on the Ombudsmen Commission for several terms, have become a member of the Tool Labs Standards Committee, and why I want to be a part of the Code of Conduct committee.
I am a long-term wikimedian trying to do good stuff and be helpful. I am interested in technical, cultural, and knowledge spaces, and the inter-connections between them - i.e. tech, community and the areas between them. I like contributing and working with other brilliant developers contributing in the technical spaces. I would love to contribute to a solid and clear standard of how people around technical spaces interact and abide to a shared CoC.