- Affected components: Projects
- Engineer(s) or team for initial implementation: TBD.
- Code steward: TBD.
Some Wikimedia projects (often smaller language Wikipedia instances like in Croatian Wikipedia) are packed with or controlled by admins that have highly problematic behavior (in spectrum from passive-aggressive to authoritarian). These situation keeps potential contributors to leave the movement or stay away (if they are informed of it ) or it frustrates new users, as they are surprised by unexpected situation of hostility and environmental toxicity.
Unfortunately as it seems hard to resolve these issues easy and/or quickly, it would be important to reduce harm.
Instead of repeating the frustration for all newcomers over and over *(damaging the reputation of whole of Wiki ecosystem), there should be a simple, practical and proactive way to GRAYLIST such projects and marked them obviously distinct visually.
As WMF is in control of branding and hosting it should not be too hard to do this top-down so that all users are (explicitly visually) informed that project is graylisted as it has issues reported and that use and that contributions should be considered with that in mind.
Why graylisting? It is important not to fully blacklist them, as content and other aspects might be good, but to make it known that they are 'grayed' due to suspicion of malfunctioning setup in management or toxic working atmosphere.
(TBD: Specify the features or criteria that need to be met.)
- Data on misconduct and abuse cased should be collected and presented
- Such projects should be questioned, publicly lists and actively observed
- Project should have a notice on top page at least that it s being questioned and observed by WMF (Security & Safety team)
- Project should have at least all the logos of WMF grayed out so it is visually obvious something is distinct-different
- New users should be given explicit and easy to follow instructions on how to report issues (not complicated and time+energy draining procedures and protocols)
(TBD: Use this space for data gathering, status quo, proposals, other considerations etc.)
- Maybe listing references: