Office actions/procedures

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This is a list of processes typically followed, pursuant to the Office actions policy.

Office actions process[edit]

In order for an office action to be considered and enforced, the following baseline steps are involved, as relevant to the requested office action. This list is not exhaustive; steps listed here may be expanded to include more steps or removed entirely depending on the type of office action requested. This baseline list of steps is published in the spirit of transparency.

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1 Request office action from the Foundation. ca@wikimedia.org ca@wikimedia.org ca@wikimedia.org ca@wikimedia.org legal@wikimedia.org legal@wikimedia.org Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN
2 Request acknowledgement. Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN
3 Request evaluation by relevant team member & suggestion of a course of action. Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
4 Review by the member's team and manager. Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
5 Review by the team's director or lead manager. Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
6 Review by the department’s chief. Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
7 Review by the legal team. Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
8 Review by the comms team. Green tickY Maybe Maybe Green tickY Red XN Red XN Maybe Maybe Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN
9 Review by the executive director. Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Maybe Maybe Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN
10 Enforcement of office action and notice to the affected individual. Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
11 Notice to other affected parties. Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN
12 Dissemination of information relevant to the office action to specific groups. Maybe Maybe Maybe Green tickY Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN
13 Appeal option Red XN Red XN Red XN Maybe Green tickY Red XN Red XN Maybe Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY

Certain steps of the aforementioned process may be omitted and others may be added, subject to each specific office action and the relevant policy that prescribes it.