Wikimedia projects are open to contributors from wide backgrounds with different cultures, values, assumptions, and experiences who all share a common commitment to spreading free culture and knowledge. To ensure that everyone feels welcome, Wikimania the Wikimedia Foundation has instituted a friendly space policy. Harassment, bullying, intimidation, and any other form of inappropriate behavior that makes others feel unwelcomed or vulnerable is strictly forbidden. It is expected that all attendees abide by a non discrimination policy that encourages everyone to add to the sum of human knowledge.
- Below is the Friendly Space Policy such as it was formulated at the Foundation's site on 18 July 2019.
Friendly space policy for Wikimedia Foundation events
The Wikimedia Foundation is dedicated to providing a harassment-free venue and conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, physical appearance, age, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, national origin, or religion—and not limited to these aspects. We do not tolerate any form of harassment of conference participants. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue or talks. Any participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.
Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, physical appearance, age, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, national origin, or religion. Harassment also includes sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, unwelcome following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified by special badges.
Staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.
Organizers: Contact information will be publicized to event participants on a per-event basis.
Local phone numbers for hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local sexual assault hotline, local emergency and non-emergency medical, and local taxi company to be publicized to event participants as appropriate on a per-event basis.
We expect participants to follow these rules at Wikimedia Foundation venues, all conference venues, and conference-related social events.
See: Photography policy
Documenting Wikimania is an important activity, and Wikimedians have a natural desire to document the world around them. But when we meet as colleagues, it is important also to recognize the privacy needs of our fellow Wikimedians. All people who participate to Wikimania agreed to the following terms:
“I understand that I am not allowed to take or publish photographs or videos of people at this conference without getting prior consent of everyone depicted. Standing up for a group photo is considered consent, as is publicly presenting on stage. If I do not want my image captured on photo or video at all, I can ask for a special lanyard at registration”
A full policy on photographing at Wikimania can be found here.
Previous Wikimania policies[edit | edit source]