Hi everyone! The Ombuds commission (OC) and the Case Review Committee (CRC) are looking for members. People are encouraged to nominate themselves or encourage others they feel would contribute to these groups to do so. There is more information below about the opportunity and the skills that are needed.
About the Ombuds 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 must be able to communicate in English, the common language of the commission. 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 will serve two-year terms (note that this is different from past years, when the terms have been for one year).
About the Case Review Committee
The Case Review Committee (CRC) reviews appeals of eligible Trust & Safety office actions. The CRC is a critical layer of oversight to ensure that Wikimedia Foundation office actions are fair and unbiased. They also make sure the Wikimedia Foundation doesn’t overstep established practices or boundaries. For more about the role, see Case Review Committee on Meta-Wiki.
We are looking for current or former functionaries and experienced volunteers with an interest in joining this group. Applicants must be fluent in English (additional languages are a strong plus) and willing to abide by the terms of the Committee charter. If the work resonates and you qualify, please apply. Committee members will serve two-year terms (note that this is different from past years, when the terms have been for one year).
Applying to join either of these groups
If you are interested in serving in either capacity listed above, please write in English to the Trust and Safety team at cawikimediaorg (to apply to the OC) or to the Legal Team at legalwikimediaorg (to apply to the CRC) with information about:
Your primary projects
Languages you speak/write
Any experience you have serving on committees, whether movement or non-movement
Your thoughts on what you could bring to the OC or CRC if appointed
Any experience you have with the Checkuser or Oversight tools (OC only)
Any other information you think is relevant
There will be two conversation hours to answer any questions that potential applicants may have:
17 October 2022, 03:00 UTC (other timezones) (Zoom meeting link) (add to calendar)
16 November 2022, 18:00 UTC (other timezones) (Zoom meeting link) (add to calendar)
The deadline for applications is 31 December 2022 in any timezone.
Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you think may be qualified and interested. Thank you!
On behalf of the Committee Support team,