Extension to civility policy: mentioning other registered users by name
In general it reflects badly on Wikiversity if users start talking about each other rather than about learning and the fulfillment of the project mission. Even if the comments are positive ("X is cool"), talking about or to each other in inappropriate places creates a poor impression on newcomers and outsiders looking for learning materials.
Appropriate places to talk about other users
"User" means any registered user of any Wikimedia project, when referring to the individual using their registered name or in their role as a user.
It is appropriate to talk about other users:
It is particularly inappropriate to talk about other users:
Lawyering around these provisions by making indirect identifying references (such as "the user who made this edit" or "the user who believes in..." or "the user I'm not allowed to mention") is not acceptable.
"Outing" is the publication (direct, or indirect means such as by external link) of information, without consent, which could enable a Wikimedian (user on any Wikimedia project) to be identified with their real-world identity. Some registered users have no problem revealing their real-world identities on their user pages, but others do not, and for some users, anonymity is an essential precondition of their membership of the Wikimedia communities.
"Outing" is banned as a matter of civility towards other users. Likewise the publication of any information about a user, without their consent, such as gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, wealth, age, family status, address, is banned as a matter of civility. It is matter of fundamental politeness and respect towards other users that only that personal information should be referred to which they choose to reveal.
Breaches of this provision should be "oversighted" on request ("oversighted" means that the offending data must be removed from the Wikiversity database).
In the case of inappropriate mentions of registered users which were made before this policy came into force, efforts should be made to remove these mentions within a reasonable space of time.
Removal of inappropriate mentions of other users