[WikiEN-l] Wikiquette committee appointments

Jimmy Wales jwales at bomis.com
Thu Dec 4 19:50:57 UTC 2003

Everyone who volunteered was appointed to something, and two who
didn't volunteer I appointed anyway.  (Obviously, they can decline if
they must.)

I selected primarily based on your own stated preferences, although in
a couple of cases, I moved people who said "prefer this, but would do
either" to the other side, mostly just to balance out the numbers.

Mediators -- people who are volunteering to get involved in mediating
user disputes, but without any actual power to vote for or recommend a
ban or any other punitive action

Ed Poor
Jussi-Ville Heiskanen

I envision this group being fairly fluid, with new volunteers
appearing, and existing volunteers retiring, as personal preferences

Arbitration -- people who are volunteering to get involved in
arbitrating user disputes, with the results of the arbitration being
formally binding in the sense that it is at least possible for the
arbitration committee to vote to ban someone or take some lesser
action to enforce their decision

C - Gutza
C - MyRedDice
C - NoHat
C - Epopt
B - Fred Bauder
B - Delirium
B - Maveric149
B - Camembert
A - Jdforrester
A - Kat/UninvitedCompany
A - Cunctator*
A - Erik Moeller*

These last two are marked with a '*' to indicate that I'm drafting
them, if they don't refuse.

The letters indicate groups up for re-election in the future.  I'm
thinking that these posts are to be held for 3 year terms, with group
A up for re-election next December, group B, the following year, group
C, the following year.  (People were partitioned in this way randomly,
with the exception of Cunc and Erik, who I placed in the shortest
group because they didn't even volunteer in the first place!)

Terms begin January 1, which means we have the rest of this month to
argue about what the hell all this means.  :-)


Both committees should meet via email -- we should set up public
mailing lists, I think -- to work on procedures and policies.  We'll
have to write this up cognizant of the difficulty of obtaining a
quorum at times, etc.

In any event, I'm holding as a 'reserved power' the right to pardon
anyone who is banned by the arbitration committee, in the unlikely
event that the process seems to be going astray.  

Also, just to be really clear on this, I'm also holding as a reserved
power to "disband parliament" if problems appear to be made worse
overall by this change.  We can always go back to our current
'benevolent dictator' model, if it works out better.  (But it's really
exhausting for me to try to figure out that someone needs to be

In the future, if this is working well, and if elections are producing
good results, then I'm certainly willing to make stronger promises
about not just overturning the whole thing.  I'm just very cautious
about the whole concept right now, and think we should try it and
learn from it before we imagine that it's "the way things are".


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