Having previously pledged to impose a “code of conduct” on all sites owned by the Wikimedia Foundation, which owns Wikipedia, staff have finally published a draft version of the document for review by contributors to Foundation-owned sites. Numerous provisions, including on “preferred pronoun” usage, immediately raised concerns among users about their implications for free speech with some harassment provisions also seen as potentially undermining efforts to rein in bad editing.
Concerns extended to an apparent pledge for staff to be directly involved in enforcing the code of conduct, a year after Foundation staff banning an administrator on Wikipedia prompted a massive editor revolt. The committee behind the code of conduct includes members who push critical race theory and the police abolition movement.
In May, the Wikimedia Foundation announced it was imposing a “universal code of conduct” on all sites owned by the Foundation, including Wikipedia. The announcement prompted immediate discontent