Wikipedia talk:Non-discrimination policy

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The policy applies only to WMF staff and contractors, and regulates how they interact with each other and with users. It applies to all projects only in the sense that WMF staff and contractors can interact with each other and users on any project.  Roger Davies talk 06:58, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

@GeoffBrigham (WMF), Mpaulson (WMF), and Roger Davies:

I'm rather surprised by this interpretation of the policy. What does the word "user" mean in the following?

"The Wikimedia Foundation prohibits discrimination against current or prospective users and employees on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristics."

I understand that it is easier for the Foundation to deal directly with employees, so the word "especially" applying to employees is understood, but doesn't it also mean that it also applies to users where applicable? "The Wikimedia Foundation commits to the principle of equal opportunity, especially in all aspects of employee relations, including employment, salary administration, employee development, promotion, and transfer."

I don't think that the community views this policy as applying only to employees. I'd be surprised if the Board viewed it that way. If the WMF doesn't have a non discrimination policy that applies to users, I think we need to get one! Smallbones(smalltalk) 03:45, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

@Smallbones: My comment above was based on this clarification by WMF lawyer, Luis Villa and a subsequent email exchange with him.  Roger Davies talk 12:27, 8 August 2015 (UTC)

Perhaps we could simplify this?

The Wikimedia Foundation prohibits it's staff and contractors from breaking the law.

All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 20:54, 6 October 2015 (UTC).

What about former editors and employees?[edit]

By the current wording, "current and prospective," it's free game to be as racist as I want towards people who have quit, been fired, or otherwise de-affiliated with the Wikimedia Foundation and its projects. I call for a wording change. -Mr. Man (talk) 20:12, 11 January 2016 (UTC)

After further consideration, I probably don't have that authority. I am bringing it to the attention of the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees.-Mr. Man (talk) 20:14, 11 January 2016 (UTC)