[Wikimedia-l] feature: prevent overwork, statistics was: What it means to be a high-tech organization

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[Wikimedia-l] feature: prevent overwork, statistics was: What it means to be a high-tech organization

rupert THURNER-2
On Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 10:41 PM, SarahSV <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 6:49 PM, Florence Devouard <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
>
>> Removing a COI is not the only issue at stake Sarah.
>>
>> Would WMF get involved into such a process, it would also possibly change
>> its legal reponsibility. Right now, WMF does not get involved in the
>> editorial process, which allows to claim WMF is only hosting the content.
>> If WMF is somewhat involved in an editorial process which results in
>> paying the authors, then WMF might lose the "host" status.
>>
>> Flo
>>
>>
>> Hi Flo, I've heard so many contradictory positions about that over the
> years that I have no idea what the implications would be.
>
> Moving away from the very complex issue of paid editing, Brion opened the
> thread with different views of what a high-tech organization is, one of
> which involves lack of diversity, overemphasis on engineering, and
> exploitation of staff and users at the cost of their physical and emotional
> health. He argued that the WMF should instead cultivate and support staff
> and volunteers.
>
> So what can we do to move the WMF away from the bad aspects of high-tech
> organizations and toward a position where the health of the paid and unpaid
> workforces is actively nurtured?
>
> I've made a small start by suggesting software [1] that asks editors how
> long they want to spend on the site when they log in, along with options to
> be logged out automatically and not logged in again for a set time
> (following a suggestion from a former Google engineer in the *New York
> Review of Books*). [2]
>
> I would love to see the WMF agree never again to discuss trapping editors
> in feedback loops intended to keep them editing, but instead to help them
> plan and monitor their interactions with Wikimedia sites. Another idea is
> for opt-in software that asks how you're feeling every few hours – "Are you
> feeling angry? Is it time for a break?" – or when you log out: "How did
> your interactions today make you feel?" Questions could be asked that would
> be useful to the WMF in its gender-gap, anti-harassment and other
> initiatives (once the data is anonymized).

many thanks sarah for making a suggestion i like the restrict yourself
and see how you do compared to others, so i created
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T128320

best,
rupert

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