Talk:Ombudsman commission

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Title does not match duties[edit]

The title "ombudsman" means something - see d:Q169180 or en:Ombudsman for more information.

The commission is great. I appreciate the contributions of anyone who serves on it. The people in this role serve an essential function.

The "ombudsman commission" here is not doing ombudsman work in any usual sense of the term. I would not want anyone to think that the Wikimedia community has any named ombudsman available. When I think of an ombudsman, I think of a person who is available to hear and confirm any sort of complaint, and particularly complaints about the highest authorities in an institution. The ombudsman commission here has narrow oversight over only the volunteers who use checkuser tools.

It might be worthwhile to rename this position to match its role. "Privacy enforcement" might be appropriate.

Am I missing anything, or mistaken on some point? Why was the name "ombudsman" chosen here? Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:27, 8 December 2015 (UTC)

Bluerasberry, while some ombudsman positions in the wider world are broad and general, many have more limited mandates, and look at a specific aspect of an organisation or practice. In this case, it is an independent body from the local projects where checkuser is in place, and provides independent review how that tool is used. I wasn't involved in the discussions where the name was decided upon, however, and can't speak to how/why it was chosen. Patrick Earley (WMF) (talk) 22:34, 8 December 2015 (UTC)
PEarley (WMF) I do not expect you or anyone else to respond.
My perspective is that your job description makes you the closest thing WMF has to an ombudsman. Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:18, 8 December 2015 (UTC)

Call for Applications - OC 2016[edit]

2016 Ombudsman Commission announcement[edit]

The composition of the 2016 Ombudsman Commission has just been announced on Wikimedia-L. The announcement text is above. In nutshell, the OC in 2016 will consist of:

Serving in an advisory capacity, and filling in if necessary, will be:

Great appreciation goes out to the departing members of the OC: User:Alhen, User:Avraham, and User:PhilKnight. Special thanks go to User:Thogo who has served the commission with great dedication since 2011, both as an active member and an advisor. -- Patrick Earley (WMF) (talk) 18:30, 1 February 2016 (UTC)