But Rachel Wexelbaum, a Wikipedia editor who promotes LGBTQ+ contributions on the platform, says that demographic homogeneity still acts as a barrier for women and LGBTQ+ folk who want to join the conversation on contentious pages. “While we might be able to add new content about our own community interests, when we try to edit or add something to a popular page, we are often met with aggression from existing editors,” she says. “It begins with an argument in the talk pages, but then it can quickly become flat out rudeness. Sometimes it even turns into harassment and abuse.”
Thanks for noting this issue. A recent New York Times article that Rachel Wexelbaum and I (a black trans Wikipedia editor) were both featured in discussed the issue of harassment in more depth:
Wikipedia Isn't Officially a Social Network. But the Harassment Can Get Ugly.
In Wikipedia's 18 years of existence, it has become a fixture in our lives: It ascends to the top of Google's search…
I had previously shared details of my own experience in that regard here: