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Red Flags Regarding Event Troublemakers

Theme (optional)

Safety considerations at events

Academic Peer Review option
Type of submission

Wayne Calhoon

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The facilitator for this panel, Wayne Calhoon, is a Wikimedian of eight years experience and is one of several co-founders of the Bay Area WikiSalon series that meets in San Francisco, California, typically at the Wikimedia Foundation offices in the financial district. We have to abide by the foundation’s friendly space policy.

Every month we have to screen our guest list to make sure that we keep the WikiSalon physically and emotionally safe for all attendees. Some of the tells are obvious, but other tells take deeper probing.

It is sad to say, but as many as 1-2% of folks that sign up for Wikimedia events are only coming to cause chaos.

During this panel discussion, attendees will learn the tricks of the trades of the screening process, and how to deal with folks that slip through, or act up at the event. Attendees will learn when to warn, when to discipline or sanction, or when to exclude or ban violators of the friendly space policy.

Per the friendly space policy, 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.

The bottom line is events must be fun, but with a zero tolerance for harassment.


15 minute slide deck by presenter (Wayne Calhoon)
5 minute introduction of panel (three on panel, plus presenter)
20 minute engagement of audience with panel, using panel microphones, and audience microphone
Length of presentation

35-45 minute panel discussion

Special requests

Projector and screen for slide deck; four chairs; five handheld microphones.

Preferred room size


Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?


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