Type of activity: Pre-scheduled session
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It has often been noted that the editing experience on Wikipedia can be brusque and offputting to newcomers. Further, harassment, trolling, and abuse are too common on our projects.
It would be worth thinking about technical means to create "safe spaces" on our projects, where like-minded groups of people can shut out the outside world to some degree and work with each other on articles or administrative tasks. Liasons could be appointed within the group to communicate with the broader project, ensuring that changes are contributed "upstream".
We start thinking of ways to allow users to better manage their interactions on our projects, so that we avoid falling into the "twitter hole" of abuse.
Current status of the discussion
- Certain projects like the teahouse share similar goals (friendly experience for newbies)
- github's forks are owned by particular people, who can then block particular users from "opening or commenting on issues or pull requests; starring, forking, or watching; adding or editing wiki pages; inviting you as a collaborator to their repositories; following your account's public activity; or send you notifications by @mentioning your username in public repositories". Therefore each fork is in effect a "safe space" controlled by the user making the fork.
- Some pushback on the idea of private *anything* on WMF projects.
- Not much direct conversation about technical mechanisms to empower users to manage their experience.