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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Results of the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Guidelines Vote
Hello Xavier,

Thank you for your email, and sharing your observations and concerns. Many
other movement initiatives face similar challenges. Equitable participation
and engagement are something we are working to improve with each and every
interaction. The UCoC project team has poured a sizable amount of
discussion, planning and energy into outreach to the movement throughout
the process. The goal was to encourage participation from as many
communities as possible.

The ways the UCoC team encouraged participation can be seen through the
results of this work. The Revised Enforcement Guidelines are currently
translated into over 40 languages; voter information, banners, and emails
were also heavily translated. The project team hosted outreach and
conversation hours throughout the drafting process. We have made it a point
to invite and engage with many communities, particularly small and
medium-sized, and it is our goal to continue to ensure that the growing
communities and small language wikis are invited to engage with us. It is
our hope that as we progress, the UCoC and the Enforcement Guidelines will
create a better environment that will see more interaction from all

As we embark on the next steps and stages of this ongoing project, we will
increase engagement, conversations, and interaction with the growing
communities and small language wikis in as many languages, places, and
contexts as possible. The UCoC is an iterative process, and we will be
inviting opinions of how to make it more inclusive as we continue onwards.

Kind regards,

Stella Ng

On Behalf of the UCoC Project Team

On Mon, Feb 13, 2023 at 11:39 AM F. Xavier Dengra i Grau via Wikimedia-l <> wrote:

> Hi/Bona vesprada,
> Without meaning at all that I do not respect the results of this voting, I
> would like to call the attention to the fact that out of 3097 votes,
> practically 2000 are circumscribed to only 4 big home wikis:
> (1000), (500), (200) and (150).
> Imho it is somehow concerning that 2/3 of the votes of such a key policy
> are heavily relying on the weight of those major projects. I understand the
> constraints in participation, but it isn't either a trivial value
> -considering how much do we read about the WMF efforts to promote the
> so-called “Global South” communities and the minority language wikis.
> There is a great essay on English Wikipedia, "Wikipedia:Silence does not
> imply consent when drafting new policies
> <>",
> that has a very thoughtful background and that I like very much to remind: *"Silence
> implies consensus" is an old standby on Wikipedia. However, with regard to
> new policies and guidelines, this cannot apply, and silence should instead
> imply either indifference or a lack of proper exposure. If a proposal
> produces indifference in the community, it is not necessary. If a proposal
> has not been adequately exposed to the community, there is no just cause
> for implementing it as policy.*
> Kind regards/Salutacions,
> Xavier Dengra
> ------- Original Message -------
> El dilluns, 13 de febrer 2023 a les 20:00, Shani Evenstein <
>> va escriure:
> Hello Everyone,
> *Today the results of the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Guidelines
> vote were tallied*. We are pleased to report the results show that the
> Enforcement Guidelines are strongly supported by the community, with *76%
> of participants voting in support *of the Enforcement Guidelines.
> A report with a summary and analysis of comments submitted in the voting
> process is being prepared by the staff members supporting the Universal
> Code of Conduct work and will be available soon.
> Below is a message created by the staff members supporting the Universal
> Code of Conduct work, which has translations available on Meta-wiki
> <>
> .
> The recent community-wide vote on the Universal Code of Conduct revised
> Enforcement Guidelines
> <>
> has been tallied and scrutinized. Thank you to everyone who participated.
> After 3097 voters from 146 Wikimedia communities voted, the results are
> 76% in support of the Enforcement Guidelines, and 24% in opposition.
> Statistics
> <>
> for the vote are available. A more detailed summary of comments submitted
> during the vote will be published soon.
> From here, the results and comments collected during this vote will be
> submitted to the Board of Trustees for their review. The current
> expectation is that the Board of Trustees review process will complete in
> March 2023. We will update you when their review process is completed.
> I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in this
> process.
> This list includes the people who voted in 2022 and those voters who
> provided comments so we could strengthen and clarify the Enforcement
> Guidelines into the version the community supports.
> I especially want to thank the Drafting Committee, who took the time to
> reconvene and review community feedback from the 2022 Enforcement Guideline
> vote and continue to engage with the community and feedback throughout
> 2022.
> Finally, thank you to the people who voted and shared feedback during this
> voting period. We look forward to reviewing the report of the feedback and
> discussing next steps with the rest of the Board.
> Shani, on behalf of the CAC.
> Shani Evenstein Sigalov
> <>
> Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
> Chair, Community Affairs Committee
> Wikimedia Foundation <>
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