Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
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From: Karen Brown <>
Date: Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 10:55 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Reminder: Currently accepting nominations for the Ombuds Commission
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <>

Hello all,

*I'm sending this out as a reminder, since nominations are still open and
will remain so until mid-December*. *You may have already seen messages
similar to this when I did my last round of requesting-nominations;
apologies if I'm cluttering any inboxes.*

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 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

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 tool OR who have the technical ability to understand the
CheckUser 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.

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[1] and the privacy
policy[2]). 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 off-list 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!

-Karen Brown

On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Support & Safety team



Karen Brown
Community Advocate
Wikimedia Foundation
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