Let's start a Mefi BIPOC advisory board June 25, 2020 10:33 AM Subscribe
Hi all, I want to thank you for your patience. After some conversation with staff, I’m going to take the lead on initiating some things that I am hopeful will change the way we handle things on the site.
*I am encouraging this thread to remain a space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color only.*
I’d like to hear from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color about their feelings on creating a community advisory board consisting of 5-10 rotating voluntary members. Our first meeting could consist of drafting community agreements to follow for meetings, creating an agenda with topics to cover, and ending the meeting with a summary of agreed-upon action items. I’m 100% open to suggestions and specificities around the structure of these meetings.
I’m imagining the advisory board as an intentional space and tool for addressing the ongoing concerns of the site. It'll be a space for solutions and changes to be implemented with a transparent and community-focused structure. You all deserve the space to have conversations with each other and with mod staff that produces tangible and sustainable results.
We (staff) need to take proactive action on a number of conversations that have taken place and I think these meetings will work well for coming to an agreement about how those actions should materialize. If folks are interested in moving forward with this, I’m proposing a few places to start for the first meeting that I would love to get your input on.
Here are some of the things modding staff would like to prioritize creating an action plan for:
1. Consistency in modding procedure and mod response
2. What kind of communication would work best for folks who want to make their concerns visible? If not a flagging system, what could be a more accessible and effective feedback system?
3. What does better facilitation look like?
4. Creating a method for tracking mod actions that are accessible and improve lines of communication.
I would appreciate feedback on the things in this proposal that work for you or don’t work and any changes you’d like to see made to the framework.
For those interested in contacting us privately, feel free to send feedback through our contact form
You can also email me one-on-one at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, a note that I’m a part-timer so I’ll be getting to your responses in the early morning (PST) on Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Fri.