Second ratification vote for the Revised UCoC Enforcement Guidelines

Hi all,

In mid-January 2023, the revised Enforcement Guidelines for the Universal Code of Conduct will undergo a second community-wide ratification vote.

In the first round of voting, held in March 2022, the Enforcement Guidelines were endorsed with almost 57% support. However, as the accompanying comments highlighted some important community concerns, the Board’s Community Affairs Committee requested another review of the flagged issues.

The volunteer-led Revisions Committee reviewed community input and updated areas of concern, such as training and affirmation requirements, privacy and transparency in the process, and readability and translatability of the document itself.

The resulting revised Enforcement Guidelines are now up for the final community vote, which begins on January 17 and closes on January 31.

The following Meta-wiki pages offer more information about the January 17 vote:

You can read the revised Enforcement Guidelines here, and a comparison of changes can be found here.

We encourage you to start the discussion and post your comments and questions about the vote or about the Enforcement Guidelines.


Dear everyone,

The recent community-wide vote on the Universal Code of Conduct revised Enforcement Guidelines has been tallied and scrutinized. Thank you to everyone who participated.

After 3097 voters from 146 Wikimedia communities voted, the results are 76% in support of the Enforcement Guidelines, and 24% in opposition. Statistics for the vote are available. A more detailed summary of comments submitted during the vote will be published soon.

From here, the results and comments collected during this vote will be submitted to the Board of Trustees for their review. The current expectation is that the Board of Trustees review process will complete in March 2023. We will update you when their review process is completed.

@Esh77 (Shani Evenstein Sigalov, Chair of the Board’s Community Affairs Committee) provided the following statement at Wikimedia-l:

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in this process.This list includes the people who voted in 2022 and those voters who provided comments so we could strengthen and clarify the Enforcement Guidelines into the version the community supports.

I especially want to thank the Drafting Committee, who took the time to reconvene and review community feedback from the 2022 Enforcement Guideline vote and continue to engage with the community and feedback throughout 2022.

Finally, thank you to the people who voted and shared feedback during this voting period. We look forward to reviewing the report of the feedback and discussing next steps with the rest of the Board.


Hello all,

The Universal Code of Conduct project team has completed the analysis of the comments accompanying the ratification vote on the revised Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Guidelines.

All respondents to the vote had the opportunity to provide comments regarding the contents of the revised Enforcement Guidelines draft document. A total of 369 participants left comments in 18 languages; compared to 657 commenters in 27 languages in 2022. The Trust and Safety Policy team completed an analysis of these results, categorizing comments to identify major themes and areas of focus within the comments. The report is available in translated versions on Meta-wiki here. Please help translate into your language.

Again, we are thankful to all who participated in the vote and discussions. More information about the Universal Code of Conduct and its Enforcement Guidelines can be found on Meta-wiki.

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