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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)

viewsupressed[edit]

Please, add this right to the list of group permissions - Special:GlobalGroupPermissions/ombudsman rubin16 (talk) 18:36, 15 May 2016 (UTC)

Done. Matiia (talk) 18:52, 15 May 2016 (UTC)

Translation and internal links[edit]

Would it be possible to modify the internal links to match the recommandation of Template:Localized_link ? For example I'd like the introduction sentence be

'''ombudsman commission''' investigates complaints about infringements of the [[:wmf:Privacy policy|Privacy Policy]], the <tvar|nonpublic>{{ll|Access to nonpublic information policy}}</tvar>, the <tvar|checkuser>{{ll|CheckUser policy}}</tvar> and the <tvar|oversight>{{ll|oversight policy}}</tvar> on any Wikimedia project for the <tvar|board>{{Ll|Board of Trustees}}</tvar>. 

Also the wikidata item page links would be best wrapped in a template that uses the localized item label like {{Q}}. TomT0m (talk) 10:58, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

Hi TomT0m, I suppose that's a good idea. Thanks, --Gnom (talk) 22:18, 7 July 2016 (UTC)

Ombudsmen's rights[edit]

The ombudsman commission investigates complaints about infringements of the Privacy Policy, the Access to nonpublic information policy, the CheckUser policy and the oversight policy on any Wikimedia project for the Board of Trustees. They also investigate for the Board the compliance of local CheckUser or Oversight policies or guidelines with the global CheckUser and Oversight policies.

Do Ombudsmen have special rights for that, such as Checkuser, Oversight or Administrator rights? Who selects and appoints them, following which criteria? --Anti. (talk) 14:55, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

Hi. All answers for your questions are public and appears here: Ombudsman commission
Regards, --Alan (talk) 16:53, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

Ombudsman Commission - selection for 2017 committee[edit]

Hello all, It's coming close to time for annual appointments of community members to serve on the Ombudsman commission. This commission works on all Wikimedia projects to investigate complaints about violations of the privacy policy, especially in use of CheckUser and Oversight tools, and to mediate between the complaining party and the individual whose work is being investigated. They may also assist the General Counsel, the Executive Director or the Board of Trustees in investigations of these issues. For more on their duties and roles, see the Ombudsman commission's main page.

This is a call for community members interested in volunteering for appointment to this commission. Commissioners should be experienced Wikimedians, active on any project, who have previously used the CheckUser/Oversight tool OR who have the technical ability to understand the CheckUser/Oversight tool and the willingness to learn it. They are expected to be able to engage neutrally in investigating these concerns and to know when to recuse when other roles and relationships may cause conflict. (In the past, commissioners have retired from other roles that could cause conflict.)

Commissioners must be willing to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and to comply with the appropriate board policies (such as the access to non-public data policy and the privacy policy. This is a position that requires a high degree of discretion and trust.

If you are interested in serving on this commission, please drop Karen Brown in the Support & Safety team (kbrown@wikimedia.org) a note detailing your experience on the projects, your thoughts on the commission and what you hope to bring to the role. The commission is deliberately quite small, so slots are limited, but all applications are appreciated. The deadline for applications is January 2. Any timezone. :) Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you think may be interested. Thank you! Patrick Earley (WMF) (talk) 17:07, 20 December 2016 (UTC)

2017 Ombuds Commission announcement[edit]

The composition of the 2017 Ombudsman Commission has just been announced on Wikimedia-L. The full announcement text is above. In nutshell, the OC in 2017 will consist of:

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

Many thanks also go to the departing members of the 2016 OC for their service: NahidSultan (2016 commission), Taketa (2016 commission), Barras (2016 commission), Gnom (2014, 2015, 2016 commissions), Huji (2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 commissions!). Kbrown (WMF) (talk) 14:24, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

Please replace next code

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See also [[Special:GlobalUsers/ombudsman|automatically generated list]] (terms expire {{ombudsmen|expiry|lang={{SUBPAGENAME}}}}):

to

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See also [[<tvar|list>Special:GlobalUsers/ombudsman</>|automatically generated list]] (terms expire <tvar|terms>{{ombudsmen|expiry|lang={{SUBPAGENAME}}}}</>):

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Thanks before! --Kaganer (talk) 06:40, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

Done. --Vogone (talk) 14:31, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

Now accepting applications for 2018 Ombuds Commission[edit]

Hi everyone! It's coming close to time for annual appointments of community members to serve on the Ombudsman commission (OC). This commission works on all Wikimedia projects to investigate complaints about violations of the privacy policy, especially in use of CheckUser and Oversight tools, and to mediate between the complaining party and the individual whose work is being investigated. They may also assist the General Counsel, the Executive Director or the Board of Trustees in investigations of these issues. For more on their duties and roles, see Ombudsman commission.

This is a call for community members interested in volunteering for appointment to this commission. Volunteers serving in this role should be experienced Wikimedians, active on any project, who have previously used the CheckUser/Oversight tools OR who have the technical ability to understand these tools and the willingness to learn them. They are expected to be able to engage neutrally in investigating these concerns and to know when to recuse when other roles and relationships may cause conflict.

Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and must be willing to comply with the appropriate Wikimedia Foundation board policies (such as the access to non-public data policy and the privacy policy). This is a position that requires a high degree of discretion and trust.

If you are interested in serving on this commission, please write me an email at kbrown(at)wikimedia.org to detail your experience on the projects, your thoughts on the commission and what you hope to bring to the role. The commission consists of nine members; all applications are appreciated and will be carefully considered. The deadline for applications is end of day on 18 December, 2017.

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you think may be qualified and interested. Thank you! Kbrown (WMF) (talk) 15:11, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

Protected edit request on 30 January 2018[edit]

Please replace the section "Other Documents" with the following expanded and tidied-up version:

* Board resolutions: [[foundation:Resolution:Ombudsperson checkuser|''Ombudsperson Checkuser'']] (July 2006) — [[wmf:Resolution:Wikimedia Committees|''Wikimedia Committees'']] ([[wmf:Minutes/January_9-11,_2009#Ombudsman|minutes of presentation on Ombudsman Commission]]; January 2009) — [[wmf:Resolution:Amending the Scope of the Ombudsman Commission|''Amending the Scope of the Ombudsman Commission'']] (November 2015)
* Requests for comment: [[Requests for comment/Scope of Ombudsman Commission|''Scope of Ombudsman Commission'']] (May—December 2013)
* [[mailarchive:wikimedia-l/2016-January/081069.html|Announcement ''Ombudsman commission wider scope'']] (January 2016)
* New commission announcements: [[mailarchive:foundation-l/2007-November/035415.html|2007]] — [[mailarchive:foundation-l/2009-January/049125.html|2009]] — [[mailarchive:foundation-l/2011-January/063665.html|2011]] — [[mailarchive:wikimedia-l/2012-April/119883.html|2012]] — [[mailarchive:wikimedia-l/2013-February/123805.html|2013]] — [[mailarchive:wikimedia-l/2014-January/129732.html|2014]] — [[mailarchive:wikimedia-l/2015-February/076675.html|2015]] — [[mailarchive:wikimedia-l/2016-February/081629.html|2016]] — [[mailarchive:wikimedia-l/2017-February/086180.html|2017]]
* Information on the ''ombudsman'' [[User groups#Global user groups|global user group]]:
<div style="font-size: 90%; padding-left: 1em;">{{TNT|Special global permissions/Seealso|ombudsman}}</div>

Also, please remove the extra vertical space between the two sections "Reports of the commission" and "Other documents." There's one too many line breaks. Thanks. — Pajz (talk) 06:00, 31 January 2018 (UTC)

Both done. --Vogone (talk) 06:10, 31 January 2018 (UTC)
Vogone, thanks, and could you perhaps re-insert the line break just before {{TNT|user groups}}? (Or did you change that on purpose? I'd say it's a bit too narrow to the text this way; there's less space even than between the h3 heading and the text.) — Pajz (talk) 06:23, 31 January 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, I was doubting myself. I guess you are right. --Vogone (talk) 07:46, 31 January 2018 (UTC)

2018 Ombuds Commission announcement[edit]

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I am happy to announce the new and returning members of the 2018 Ombudsman Commission (OC), the small group of volunteers who investigate complaints about violations of the privacy policy, and in particular concerning the use of CheckUser and Oversight[1] tools, on any Wikimedia project for the Board of Trustees.


[1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Amending_the_Scope_of_the_Ombudsman_Commission


I apologize for the length of the announcement. :)


The application period for new commissioners for 2018 recently closed. The Wikimedia Foundation is extremely grateful to the many experienced and insightful volunteers who offered to assist with this work. This year we received applications representing the widest variety of languages, projects, and regions I’ve seen since I started working with the committee three years ago.


Given the increasing caseload OC has been handing year over year, we have decided to take advantage of the opportunity the diverse candidate pool afforded us and expand the committee by one seat; this year’s OC will consist of eight, rather than seven, members, with a two-member advisory team who will guide the new commission.


I am pleased to announce the composition of the 2018 OC. First, the new members are:


Billinghurst
Billinghurst is a long-term Metapedian/Wikimedian who served as a steward from 2012 to 2016 and still serves as a global sysop. He considers his home wiki to be the English Wikisource where he's performed over 260,000 edits and focuses on transcribing biographical reference data from the 19th and early 20thC. In addition, however, to serving as a local administrator on Wikisource he also holds the sysop hat on Commons, Meta and the English Wikipedia racking up almost 700,000 edits across the projects with almost a million edits when you count his bot. He claims to still have a bit of wisdom and knowledge to give.


Jamie Tubers
Sam, who edits as Jamie Tubers, joined the English language Wikipedia community in 2011 and has over the years expanded his activities into a wide range of movement activities including co-founding the Wikimedia user group Nigeria and helping to organize events like Wiki Loves Africa and Wiki Loves Women. He is dedicated to correcting our content gaps and biases related to Africa and raising awareness of the projects on the continent.


Dyolf77
Habib started editing in 2010 and has been heavily engaged in community affairs, both onwiki and as part of user groups, for years. A native of Tunisia, he has been a free-culture advocate on a wide range of issues in and beyond the movement. Onwiki, you can mainly find him helping out on Commons, where he is a sysop, as well as the Arabic and French language editions of Wikipedia.


Saileshpat
Saileshpat started editing Wikipedia in 2012 and soon became deeply involved in the Odia community. He has helped organize outreach events and worked to spread awareness in his region. In addition he was one of the co-organizers of WikiConference India 2016. Saileshpat has helped in a content relicensing process, where the Government of Odisha decided to release content under Creative Commons licenses. Online he is mainly active on the Odia Wikipedia and Commons.


Elmacenderesi
Elmacenderesi has been working on Wikimedia projects since 2007, primarily on the Turkish Wikipedia. There, he has been a CheckUser and a Bureaucrat since 2008 and an Oversighter since 2011. He is also a member of Wikimedia OTRS and serves as a global outreach coordinator, working with academic institutions and GLAMs, for The Wikipedia Library.


Teles
Lucas became a Wikipedian in 2007 and started to engage with CheckUser rights in 2009, when he became a local CU on the Portuguese Wikipedia. He held both Oversight and Checkuser rights on Ptwiki between 2015 and 2017, when his term with the rights expired. He is currently an administrator on Commons. His traditional main focus has been on anti-vandalism work. In 2012, the global community elected him as a steward, a position he has held since.


In addition, experienced OC members Lankiveil and Góngora will be returning as members of the Ombuds Commission:


Lankiveil
Lankiveil is a long-term user, admin, and oversighter on the English Wikipedia, having made his first edits in 2004. He served on the Ombuds Commission in 2017, and is also an OTRS volunteer. He also sometimes edits at Irish Wikipedia, and Wikidata. He is a native speaker of Australian English and is a member of Wikimedia Australia.


Góngora
Góngora, J. Gustavo Góngora-Goloubintseff, primarily edits Spanish Wikipedia, Catalan Wikipedia and Norwegian bokmål Wikipedia. He has been an administrator and bureaucrat on the Spanish Wikipedia since 2007, and an administrator on the Catalan Wikipedia from 2010 until 2017, where he is also a CheckUser. He was a member of the Spanish Arbitration Committee in 2008, before it was dismantled. He was a board member of Wikimedia España in 2011. He is currently a member of both Wikimedia España and Wikimedia Norge.


And the following experienced OC members will be returning as advisors to the commission (this advisory role provides expertise when needed, but does not participate in all discussions):


Pajz
Pajz has edited the Wikimedia projects since 2005. He was a Wikipedia administrator between 2007 to 2016 and is a member of the Volunteer Response Team. He served as one of the OTRS administrators from 2013 to 2015, before being first appointed to the Ombudsman Commission in 2016.


Krd
Krd, who is primarily active on German Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, and also serves at the Volunteer Response Team as an agent and OTRS admin, and was a prior member of German Wikipedia Arbitration Committee for more than three years. He joined the OC in 2017.


And finally, please join me in thanking the following outgoing volunteers, who have given substantially of their time to serve the commission:


Vogone
User:Vogone has contributed to Wikimedia projects since early 2012. While they began their involvement on the German Wikipedia, they quickly branched out to Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikivoyage, and Wikiversity. They were the first bureaucrat on the Wikidata project. Vogone has worked heavily assisting our smaller projects as a global rollbacker, global sysop, and member of the Small Wiki Monitoring Team. They have experience in translation administration, both on Meta and translatewiki.net. Vogone has shown a keen interest in the technical side of user privacy, including contributing to MediaWiki software around edit suppression. Vogone joined OC in 2017.


Richwales
User:Richwales has been an active Wikimedian since 2005. He is an administrator, oversighter, and sockpuppet investigation clerk on the English Wikipedia. Richwales also served on the now-defunct Audit subcommittee, which served a similar role to the Ombudsman Commission. Rich joined the OC in 2017.


Alan
User:Alan has been a registered Wikimedian for more than three years, but an anonymous editor since 2006, working primarily across Spanish language projects. He is a global sysop and global rollbacker, an administrator on Commons, as well as having been an OTRS volunteer for ~4 years. In the past he has served as an administrator and bureaucrat on Spanish Wikivoyage. He joined the OC in 2016.


Rubin16
User:Rubin16 primarily edits the Russian Wikipedia, where he is a bureaucrat and administrator. He is formerly a member of their Arbitration Committee. He is an administrator on Wikimedia Commons and is a Central Notice and translation admin on Meta. (He is also a translation admin on Commons.) He is a member of Wikimedia Russia. He joined the OC in 2015.


Polimerek
User:Polimerek primarily edits Polish Wikipedia (where he is an admin and former arbitrator), Polish Wikibooks and Wikimedia Commons. He also serves the Wikimedia movement as the president of Wikimedia Poland and on the Grant Advisory Committee. He is a former CheckUser. Polimerek joined the OC in 2014.

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I'd also like to offer a huge “thank you” to those returning and those coming aboard for the first time, as well as to all those applied. The applications we received this year showed us an extremely able group of volunteers across a diverse array of languages and projects, and while this appointed mix of users may best serve the need for this year, I hope that those who applied and were not appointed will consider applying again in future years. Kbrown (WMF) (talk) 23:51, 31 January 2018 (UTC)

The composition of the 2018 Ombudsman Commission has just been announced on Wikimedia-L. The full announcement text is above. In a nutshell and in no particular order, the OC in 2018 will consist of:

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

Many thanks also go to the departing members of the 2017 OC for their service: Vogone (joined OC in 2017), Richwales (joined OC in 2017), Alan (joined OC in 2016), Rubin16 (joined OC in 2015), and Polimerek (joined OC in 2014).
Kbrown (WMF) (talk) 23:51, 31 January 2018 (UTC)

@Kbrown (WMF): Added the rights and did other administrative stuff. Now only the page needs to be updated... Trijnsteltalk 13:59, 1 February 2018 (UTC)
And now the latter has been Yes check.svg Done too. Trijnsteltalk 00:21, 2 February 2018 (UTC)

Protected edit request on 1 February 2018[edit]

Please add

— [[mailarchive:wikimedia-l/2018-January/089549.html|2018]]

to the section "Other documents" under "New commission annoucements." — Pajz (talk) 07:45, 1 February 2018 (UTC)

done! — regards, Revi 11:52, 1 February 2018 (UTC)