Ombuds commission

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Ombuds Commission
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De ombuds commission, for behalf of de Board of Trustees , dey investigate complaints about infringements of de Privacy Policy, de Access to nonpublic personal data policy, de CheckUser policy den de Oversight policy, for any Wikimedia project top. Dem sanso dey investigate give de Board de compliance of local CheckUser anaa Oversight policies anaa guidelines plus de global CheckUser den Oversight policies.


In addition plus official investigation, dem go mediate between de complainant den de respondent (usually CheckUser , oversighter, bureaucrat , administrator , anaa arbitration committee member). Wen legally necessary, de ombuds go assist de General Counsel, de Executive Director anaa de board make dem handle de case.

When de case be litigious, de ombuds go be in charge make dem dey educate CheckUsers anaa odas about de Foundation ein privacy policy. Wen dem breach de Privacy Policy, Access to Nonpublic Information Policy, CheckUser Policy, anaa Oversight policy, de ombuds commission for report to de Executive Director anaa designated staff wey dem go recommend course of action (such as removal of access to tools). Additionally, de commission go fi suggest suitable changes to policies anaa software.


Dem for conduct ombuds' investigation for manner wey go determine by de ombuds make dem ensure fairness den impartiality. As general guideline, ebe best say ombuds avoid conflicts of interest as much as possible, particularly make dem dey avoid routine use of CheckUser anaa oversight access wey dem no dey process complaints for de projects top for wich dem be very active editors. Howeva, matters wey dey komot before de commission no be clear-cut, den de language den culture of various projects fi pose barriers to outsiders. As such, dem dey lef how de commission dey investigate complaints to de discretion of ein appointed members.


Members of the ombuds commission are selected from the Wikimedia community by Wikimedia Foundation officials. A call for volunteers is issued each year in early October on the Wikimedia-L mailing list and on the talk page of this policy, as well as other project forums as appropriate. They are appointed (assuming they agree) for a period of approximately two years (one year, prior to the 2023–25 Commission). One or more non-voting alternate member(s) may also be appointed. A Steward-Observer may be appointed to serve alongside the Ombudspeople.

Assigned rights

Ombuds get de following rights globally, among odas:

  • Search deleted pages (browsearchive)
  • Check users' IP addresses and other information (checkuser)
  • View the checkuser log (checkuser-log)
  • View deleted history entries, without their associated text (deletedhistory)
  • View deleted text and changes between deleted revisions (deletedtext)
  • View private logs (suppressionlog)
  • View revisions hidden from any user (viewsuppressed)

Current members

User Home wiki(s) Language spoken IRC nick Term expires
だ*ぜ (CA) zhwiki zh, yue, wuu, lzh, en-4, ja-3 Dasze 2026
Ameisenigel (CA) dewiki, wikidatawiki de, en-4, nds-2, fr-1, tlh-1 Ameisenigel 2026
Arcticocean (CA) en, sco-3, es-2, gd-1 2026
Bennylin (CA) idwiki id, pea, en-5, jv-4, zh-3, ms-3, es-2, ban-1, su-1, jv-x-bms-1 2025
Daniuu (CA) nlwiki nl, en-4, de-2, fr-2, la-2, vls-2, li-1 Daniuu 2025
Doğu (CA) trwiki tr, en-3, sr-1, ru-1 2026
Emufarmers (CA) enwiki en, la-2 Emufarmers 2026
Faendalimas (CA) wikispecies en, pt-3, it-2, fr-1 faendalimas 2026
MdsShakil (CA) bnwiki, bnwikibooks bn, en-3, as-1 MdsShakil 2025
Minorax (CA) commonswiki, metawiki, simplewiktionary, wikidatawiki en-5, zh-5, nan-2, fr-1, ko-1, ms-1, yue-1 Minorax 2025
Nehaoua (CA) arwiki, frwiki ar-n, fr-4, en-2 2026
Renvoy (CA) ukwiki uk, ru-4, en-3, pl-3, lt-1 2026
RoySmith (CA) enwiki en roy649 2026
Vermont (CA) ‡ enwiki, metawiki, simplewiki en, ru-2, es-1 Vermont 2025

† Advisory member; ‡ Steward-Observer, terms expire in February of listed year

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Dem fi make omplaints to de ombuds commission thru de ways wey dey follow (preferably insyd language one of de members dey speak):

Both ways go send message directly go OC mailing list.

Please make you follow dese guidelines wen you dey submit inquiry go de commission:

  1. Be concise: Lengthy emails with unnecessary information make it harder for the commission to process the case in a timely manner.
  2. Be objective: Avoid making inquiries based on speculations or subjective judgements.
  3. Provide evidence: Please provide us with diff links and/or permanent links when possible.
  4. Be specific: Specify what part of which policy has been violated.
  5. Please inform us if your wiki has an Arbitration Committee (or a similar committee) and if you have reached them (or used other dispute resolution procedure customary to your community) before reaching the ombuds commission. Provide a link to the relevant case page if appropriate.


Cases dem bring to wona attention go be process de way wey dey follow:

  1. Confirmation of the request: We will send a notice of confirmation to the requester, and if necessary ask for further information.
  2. Scope: If the request is within the scope of the ombuds commission, we will do the investigation, if not we will decline the request and try to direct the complainant to a better place to get help for their individual problem.
  3. Investigation: We do whatever is necessary to find out whether or not there was a breach of the policies or a non-compliance or conflict of local policies with the global ones.
  4. Result: We give the result of our investigation to the requester, and if there was indeed a breach of the privacy policy, we will inform the user who was investigated and if necessary inform the Board of Trustees and if necessary recommend removing OS, CU or steward rights from the user breaking the policy.

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