an Arbitration Committee for the English Wikinews has been under
discussion since November 2005. There is wide agreement that it is
currently very difficult to enforce our policies like NPOV and
Wikiquette in borderline cases.
Due to a significant ongoing dispute, a proposal was recently made to
create a different system based on open voting. In the discussion, it
was generally agreed upon that an ArbCom is the lesser of two evils when
it comes to resolving disputes that cannot otherwise be addressed.
For this reason, after some discussion with Amgine (who formulated the
ArbCom policy), I have created
to select the first 5 members of the committee (by broad consensus if
Please post comments and objections to the process on the talk page, and
to the general idea of an ArbCom on:
The process is largely modeled after the one of the English Wikipedia.
Jimbo, if you would like to be involved in finalizing or modifying the
appointments, please speak up. :-)