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Ombudsman referral[edit]

See this checkuser case on English - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requests_for_checkuser#Specialservice . My IP has been published showing me to be the owner of user accounts specialservice and Lancastria, Specialservice is me but Lancastria is not. Lancastria provides a guide to a person's location as it is the older name for the county of Lancashire. I believe that I have been unjustifiably exposed and that an attempt has been made to reveal my location. I hope this is resolved quickly -- 14:21, 15 August 2007 (UTC)Reply

Founder of a local charity[edit]

Could you elaborate further on your previous experience, please, in the funding of a charity?
--Bronwyn Gannan 05:59, 30 January 2006 (UTC)Reply
Friends of Bathurst Incorporated was the charity I was involved with. Unfortunately it is no longer still around thanks to two other committee members stealing from it. Hence I have had quite a bit of experience with setting up an incorporated association and dealing with the Department of Gaming and Racing in NSW (The DGR investigated the stealings after I resigned). I was the organisation's secretary.
If I were to do it again I would make sure that everyone involved were honest and not greedy. Stealing from your beneficiaries is damn low. This is actually where my rules and constitution I uploaded came from - Cartman02au (WN Talk) 09:01, 30 January 2006 (UTC)Reply
I promise I won't steal from Wikimedia Australia - ever.
It is too horrible. Very sorry that this happened to Friends of Bathurst, but glad you learnt from it and are profiting from it to help us.
Thank you for the rules and constitution. I'm only sorry that I didn't use it more.

-- 10:11, 30 January 2006 (UTC).Reply

I am pretty sure most of the people on here wouldnt steal from WMA, FOBI was bad luck to be honest. It was pretty hard to walk away from something you had a hand in creating, but when those in positions of power did what they did there was no other solution, I bought it up at meetngs, documented it in minutes (as a responsible person would do) only to be called an idiot. When the authorities did their work they looked like the idiot, although the result was not harsh enough IMO. The rules and consitution may not fit WMA properly in any case, it was just an example - Cartman02au ([[N:


for keeping up with WMA stuff and getting the ML created etc.

BTW I think it's great that you're a wikinewsie and we have a real cross-section of users here! Arguably, WMA will be able to do a better job promoting aus.wn rather than aus.wp, mainly because the latter doesn't really exist. :) pfctdayelise 15:17, 31 March 2006 (UTC)Reply


If You and I are among the top 3...would you like to see if the other contributer will want to take it to the last writer? ;) DragonFire1024 02:20, 20 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

[Election] Since...[edit]

Hi. You wrote that you're participating to Wikimedia since 25 September, 2006. It's 2005, isn't it? :) 19:30, 11 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Haha, thanks for that - collaborative editing all the way! - Nathan Carter (Talk) 21:12, 16 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Question(s) regarding elections[edit]

I'll make a nice header this way, if you don't mind :) Effeietsanders 13:02, 12 August 2006 (UTC)Reply


What are your former involvements with the Wikimedia-projects on chapter- and foundationlevel? Effeietsanders 13:02, 12 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Hi thanks for your question. As you can see I am a fairly new contributor to the projects, being only on them for less than 12 months. During this time I have taken great interest in the Foundatiiaon at the chapter level and believe that chapters are the best way of advanving our goals at the local level.
I have been pretty heavily involved in the Wikimedia Australia proposal, being the one who floated the idea and contributing to that goal ever since. I have been a member of the Chapters Committee since its formation. My favourite project would be Wikinews and I am proud of the work we are doing over there, I have especially been focusing my efforts on original reporting and recently won an award at Wikimania for one of my OR articles. - Nathan Carter (Talk) 21:34, 16 August 2006 (UTC)Reply


What is your view on the functions of the Wikimedia Foundation Board? Effeietsanders 13:02, 12 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

The WMF board has a very difficult job to do. It needs to balance the needs/wants of the community while looking after its own commercial needs to ensure the foundation stays viable into the future. Think of it like this, if the foundation doesnt look after its own interests, there will be no projects and no community built around them - Nathan Carter (Talk) 21:24, 16 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Hey Nathan, you might want to mention your involvement with helping set up WM-AU specifically. You've played a big role in keeping that rolling forward. Good luck! pfctdayelise 11:34, 15 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Thanks - Nathan Carter (Talk) 21:24, 16 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Composition of the board[edit]

What is your opinion on how the board should be constituted ? Do you think it should exclusively be composed of editors of our projects ? If so, rather elected or appointed ? Do you think we should have some people external to our community ? In those listed in the past two months on Foundation -l, can you list those you think would be great board members and those who might reveal dangerous for our dream ? Do you have names to suggest for board expansion ?

I believe the board should consist of both members of the community and those who can best serve the needs of the foundation. I understand this view is going to be controversial, but the fact of the matter is sometimes it is better to have others to bring some fresh ideas in. Discounting current board membership, I believe Larry Lessig and Richard Stallman would make ideal board members. As for threats, I dont think the community nor board would appoint someone detrimental to our dream - Nathan Carter (Talk) 05:49, 23 August 2006 (UTC)Reply
With respect to board members from the community, I would like to see a few non-Wikipedians on the board to represent the diversity of our projects. I also think that we do need something like Wikicouncil to ensure that all have the opportunity to give the WMF input - Nathan Carter (Talk) 23:36, 22 August 2006 (UTC)Reply


Do you think the Foundation should be a publisher ? If not, do you think it should control what is publish, through the authorization (or not) of use of our brands ? Do you know of one project currently trying to be edited and in conflict with the Foundation on that matter ?

I personally think the foundation itself should stay committed to its goal of being a provider of free-content. Having said that, there should be no reason why we cant authorise others to use our content so long as the foundation gets some form of compensation (to help further its goals). Our brands need to be protected, they are one of the few tangible assets we have - Nathan Carter (Talk) 23:38, 22 August 2006 (UTC)Reply


What should be the business plan of the Foundation ? How would you suggest it earns money ?

This is something that is difficult for any non-profit organisation. The fact of the matter is, we need money to survive. We need to know where that money should be going and at the same time have a little in reserve for a "rainy day".
The foundation should try and raise money from grants, donations and royalties. We have seen the success of the german Wikipedia DVD - there is no reason why we can not mirror that success. At the same time, it enables us to get our projects out in the public - Nathan Carter (Talk) 23:43, 22 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Threat and forces[edit]

Can you cite 3 forces of the Foundation ? Can you cite the main 3 threats for our projects as of today ?

The three primary forces of the foundation are the community, our content and the need for accuracy. As sJimbo said in his keynote, we had looked for quantity, now we need to look for accuracy.
The three main threats we are facing are legal threats, funding and poor press. Being accurate will help to counter the first and last with the second being resolved by coming up with innovative ideas to secure funds - Nathan Carter (Talk) 05:14, 23 August 2006 (UTC)Reply


If you had to decide which are the 5 most important moves for the board in the next few months, which ones would they be ? (be practical)


We need to improve communication between the board and our sub-parts, hire a permanent CEO (which I believe should be Brad Patrick), encourage the formation of more chapters and work with Wikimedia UK to have it recognised as a formal chapter - Nathan Carter (Talk) 05:16, 23 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

publicity offer[edit]


I am Walter form Wikzine. I have a publicity offer for you.

Please see; http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikizine/election_2006

Greetings, Walter

PS: your email function does not work

Education Meeting[edit]

Hey, we're kind of overdue for having a meeting for the WMAu Education Committee. Can you pop over to the committee page and let us know when you're free? Confusing Manifestation 00:49, 21 August 2006 (UTC)Reply


Hey i am only 13 but i love your nomination statement and am with u all the way

please contact me on Faded_shado@hotmail.com P.S i won't give you my last name but my first name is jack :)


Could you please set your mail preferences and verify your address? Thanks! --Aphaia 09:28, 22 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Board of Trustees elections[edit]


The Wikipedia Signpost, a community-newspaper in the English Wikipedia, is covering the Board of Trustees elections and will be featuring each of the candidates in next week's issue. As such, we would appreciate it if you would take some time to answer a few interview questions. Each candidate will be asked the same questions; by no means, though, feel obligated to answer any (or even) all of them, though we would greatly appreciate it if you did.

Some of the questions may be a bit redundant to the candidate information you have filled out already. This is both for convenience and for giving you the opportunity to expand on some of them a bit. However, we ask that you keep all responses brief, limiting them to no more than one or two paragraphs each.

You may leave replies to my English Wikipedia talk page, my meta talk page, or email them to me. I would appreciate it if responses are in on or before this Saturday, August 26; please have them in at the latest on Sunday the 27th in order for them to be included in Monday's issue.

As always, the Signpost reserves the right to re-distribute the questions and replies, shorten any responses if necessary, and take any other editorial action deemed appropriate.

Thanks again for your time, and please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! Flcelloguy (A note?) 23:59, 23 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

  1. Your name:
  2. Your username most commonly used:
  3. Your current geographic location, along with your age:
  4. Projects with significant contributions (please both name the language and project, and link to your contributions)
  5. Do you have any rights (i.e. admin, bureaucrat) or positions (i.e. dispute resolution, CheckUser, etc.) on any of those projects? If so, which ones? When did you get elected or promoted for each one?
  6. Do you hold any universal rights (i.e. steward, etc.) for Wikimedia Projects? If so, since when?
  7. When did you first start contributing to Wikimedia projects? Why and how did you initially join?
  8. Briefly describe your career ("real-life"). How do you think this will help you be a successful Board member?
  9. Of all the candidates right now, why do you stand out from the field? What makes you the best candidate?
  10. A knowledge of several languages has been cited as a key requirement for a Board member. Do you speak any other languages other than English? Why do you think language is or isn't critical to the Board?
  11. What do you expect to do while serving on the Board? What are your expectations?
  12. What can you bring to the Board? What can you contribute to the Wikimedia Foundation?
  13. Describe the one issue that you think is most pressing and pertinent to the Foundation right now, and how you would approach the situation.
  14. What is your vision of the Board in the Foundation heirarchy? How do you feel about the current leadership?
  15. As a Board member, you will be serving as a representative of the communities. Do you think you can represent the community and understand its concerns? Why?
  16. What do you think of the Wikimedia Foundation and its mission in general? If you could change one thing about the running of the Foundation, what would you change?
  17. If elected, can and will you devote the appropriate time and other resources needed to serve on the Board?
  18. Have you ever attended Wikimania or any other meetup? What role do you think these meetups play?
  19. Please list (and link) any other pages where you have gotten questions and comments pertaining to the Board elections; we are compiling all of the questions and would appreciate this.
  20. What would you say to a potential voter who is undecided right now?
  21. Is there anything else you would like to mention?

Thanks again.

Checkuser access on Commons[edit]

Hi Nathan.

While working in the RFP archives, I noticed that you were granted Checkuser access to Commons. As that is my home wiki, I wasn't certain of the rationale, as Commons has produced its own checkusers and the checkuser log is available cross-wiki. Bastique 17:10, 3 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Hello Nathan. I've removed your CheckUser access on Commons following discussion with other stewards and a board member. According to your original request and a later comment, you needed CheckUser rights for access to the CheckUser log as a member of the Ombudsman commission; however, this should be done through the Meta interface. If you still need CheckUser access on Commons for something else, feel free to post a request on the Commons permissions request page. :) —{admin} Pathoschild 03:48, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

Wikimedia Russia[edit]

Hi Nathan! Yes, I'm a contact person for this chapter, but the chapter still does not exist, unfortunately. We found that it it so not as simple as we thought at first glance. We are still in process of preparing bylaws and organization. Contact me if you have any questions. Thank you. MaxiMaxiMax 03:37, 1 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

Hi Nathan! I suppose I'm not a contact person for the chapter any longer, since I don't have enough time to track what's going there. (So I've removed myself from the contact list on meta.) But still, if you will have any problems contacting people from our planning chapter, I'll be glad to help you to get in touch with them. Jinma 23:50, 7 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

RE:Wikimedia Hong Kong[edit]

Halo, Nathan! Yes, I'm the contact person for WMHK (Preliminary Committee) at the moment.

As how far we go........we're currently deciding the Chapter's establish date & regestration form (*either a charity Ltd. or a society*)... & also we've begun the planing of the establishment ceremony (*Hopefully we can meet one or two member from your committe at that occation*). Any more question do contact me at (jerry.tschan.yu-at-gmail.com) --Jérry~雨雨 17:22, 1 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

RE: Wikimedia Argentina[edit]

Hi mate. I'm sorry, I wasn't in Buenos Aires by the time you left me that message in my usertalk. I heard that you made contact with Patricio too: we're working on the chapter' bylaws and things are going pretty well although we're still in holidays (and everybody is out). We'll contact you soon with news about the local chapters.

Greetings, --Mahadeva 01:22, 17 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

Ombudsman commision issue[edit]

Hi Nathan. I see that you are member of the ombudsman commision. I have a complaint about a violation of my privacy by checkuser en:User:Dmcdevit from English Wikipedia. I submited this complaint at English Wikipedia Administrators noticeboard and I received the advice to reffer at Ombudsman commision. Can you help please and establish the truth? My feeling is that en:User:Dmcdevit used his checkuser tools to disclose my real life identity and my IP, without any justifiable reason based on Wikipedia policies, while he was denying this. Please answer if you accept my request at my English Wikipedia userpage. Thanks.--MariusM 00:37, 16 April 2007 (UTC) (also en:User:MariusM)Reply

I don't mind discussing this with you, Nathan, if you feel it needs to be done. But I think that thread on the Administrators' noticeboard that Marius linked to explains it well enough. Dmcdevit 01:51, 16 April 2007 (UTC)Reply
There are some links in the admin noticeboard discussion that are no longer valid after discussions were archived (and probabily the thread itself will be moved to archive in one or two days). If you will confirm your willingness to be involved in this case I will provide updated links.--MariusM 06:24, 16 April 2007 (UTC)Reply
I've sent an e-mail to you in 17 April, hope you received it.--MariusM 06:38, 18 April 2007 (UTC)Reply


I made a checkip on a user and it was Declined checkip reason being obvious... [1]. A checkip was done by a vandal and it was allowed allowed checkuser [2] . Can you help to explain to me why this was done. thanks 22:12, 11 June 2007 (UTC)Reply

Question for Ombudsman Commission[edit]

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:Rogerfgay&diff=139646704&oldid=139646512 contains an entry with my full IP address. I have read that check-user only provides 4 numbers and wonder if the poster of this information has violated privacy policy. Also - although it might not be of direct concern to the Ombudsman Commission, the IP address listed (mine) has never been used by Kviki; so the information in the post is false. --Rogerfgay 12:11, 26 June 2007 (UTC)Reply

Ombudsman request[edit]

Hello Nathan. I'd like to complain on an abusive application of the CheckUser tool to my account at the german wikipedia (de:user:Rescha) by de:user:Bdk after my account had been blocked indefinitely with the accusation of "disrupting". In my opinion the blocking was not justified, but the CheckUser after the blocking was an abuse, because there has been no factual purpose for this intrusion into the data privacy. On Checkuser#Use_of_the_tool it is explicitly stated that "It must be used only to prevent damage to one or several of Wikimedia projects." Since my account had been blocked indefinitely already, the usage of this tool was obviously unnecessary. Could you please investigate this case? Best regards, Rescha 17:59, 14 July 2007 (UTC)Reply

I have also sent you a complaint, but to your email. NobutoraTakeda 02:39, 19 July 2007 (UTC)Reply

Unwarrentedly blocked as a sockpuppet[edit]

I am User:Gerry_Lynch on English Wikipedia. I have been a wikipedian for three years and have made over 1000 edits, mainly minor ones, as my contribution summary will testify to. I use my real name when editing. Yesterday, I found that I was blocked as a sockpuppet! On requesting unblocking at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Administrators%27_noticeboard/Incidents#User:Gerry_Lynch_Unfairly_blocked_as_a_sockpuppet and after some initial helpful replies I was told that I was being blocked for "self-confessed block evasion".

I do not now what to do - I cannot now carry out an edit even to request an unblock. Could you help, please? 09:36, 24 July 2007 (UTC)Reply

Additional comment - on the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:RFCU/Case page, I see no mention either of Gerry Lynch or Runcorn. 12:04, 24 July 2007 (UTC)Reply

ArbCom, Admin and Checkuser misconduct and privacy violations on English wikipedia[edit]

I was unceremoniously blocked by Mackensen on the English wikipedia without reason. His only uncivil response to my email to him was to tag me as a confirmed sockpuppet when nothing of the sort has been confirmed or even suspected. Several emails to the arbcom has received no response at all. As a last resort I asked a clerk to file an arbitration request for me but I think he misunderstood. A member of arbcom responded in a very prejuduced manner to this which is an indication (together with the non response) that they endorse these violations.

My edits were not disruptive as can clearly be seen from my edit history. I have given no reason for a checkuser to be done and if it has been performed then this is a violation of privacy and I can only speculate how many of these were performed to get a "match". There is no record of the alleged checkuser and I am also not listed anywhere as a sockpuppet. I was willing to let this go with a simple apology before my unblock request was denied but after having to go this far I feel it my responsibility to the community to not only ask that Mackensen's admin and checkuser privileges be revoked which the arbcom seems unwilling to even consider but also that he be removed from the arbitration committee. I am sorry if I seem somewhat impatient here but after two months of being unfairly labelled as a sockpuppet and uncivil behaviour I think anybody in my situation would be impatient. -Biophase 15:30, 1 August 2007 (UTC)Reply

Fraud Checkuser[edit]

Dear Sirs,

A group of users (friends) of Portuguese Wikipédia bring more illiberal policies regarding an non free wikipédia without a preoccupation with a environmental and social education.

This group of users (always the same) and some administrators propose and vote systematically to erase some pages with a total absence of knowledge about the subject, some of the articles with a high importance to the community. They have a chain of contacts to promote their vote and their contacts (friends) vote without common sense, reasoning, good judgment, brains or sagacity; They vote against the person and not against the article.

Less obvious for know, but perhaps as consequential over the long term, is a less participation of some users who TRY CONTRIBUTE to this projects with articles.

Because of this behavior from this group, I decide do not agree with their conduct and I write my point of view in there discussion pages (with total education) I have been blocked for suspicion of being a sock puppet after a checkuser. I know I am not a sockpuppet, so is impossible the checkuser be positive.

A several of times I and other users asked for a checkuser to my account, always reject for the “group of users”. But know, the “group of users” decide make the “checkuser”, it is strange and uncommon. After reject my checkuser proposal, after 2 days the ask a “checkuser”? They admit in their discussion pages, they make a checkuser and the checkuser was negative… Know is positive. Is impossible. I know that.

All I ask to wikimédia foundation is that an administrator check the merits of the block. Please, verify the checkuser. Send me the results by email, because is impossible this result.

I think these groups (with administrators) are trying making a fraud to eliminate my participation. Put yourself in my shoes and imagine the frustration.

The other user


The checkuser rejected by “the group of users”

The same checkuser approved by “the group of users”.


Rui Resende


I want to sent a complaint and to avert responsible persons and authorities about a sysop in ar.wikipedia but i dont know where to post it? I have already informed the sysops in arabic wikipedia without any effect. The sysop الباحث is a person adopting clear rassict and inhuman values in clear contradiction with inherent humanitarian values of wikipedia. The mentioned sysop is believing that slavery is still legal and believing other ethnic groups (specially indian) are slaves to his tribe. He also expressed a lot of other very dangerous opinions which i think there place is not in wikipedia or at least not in a wikipedia sysop board. I know that the wikipedias are autarkic projects but i m also sure that there are possibilities to follow such issues and find solutions for them. If your answer is: solve the problem in ar.wikipedia or if you dont see a problem in someone with these opinion in a wikipedia sysop board then foraward my request please to someone who is interested in (even only as an information and if there is no official way of stopping it). Regards مبتدئ 22:03, 25 November 2007 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for your will to help. The issue was solved internally in ar.wp. The above-named is no longer sysop in ar.wp. He was desysopped after a vote of the community. Best regards مبتدئ 03:07, 26 September 2008 (UTC)Reply