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)


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 ( 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

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


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)