[Wikimedia-l] Ombudsman Commission

Maggie Dennis mdennis at wikimedia.org
Mon Jan 7 17:13:53 UTC 2013

Hello, all.

I just wanted to do a reminder that it's coming close to time for annual
appointments of community members to serve on the Ombudsman commission.
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 the final call for community members interested in volunteering for
appointment to this commission. Commissioners 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. (In the past,
commissioners have turned in other roles that could cause conflict.)

Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and must
be willing to comply with the appropriate board policies (such as the
access to non-public data policy and the privacy policy). This is a
position that requires a high degree of discretion and trust.

If you are interested in serving on this commission, please drop me a note
detailing your experience on the projects, your thoughts on the commission
and what you hope to bring to the role. The commission is deliberately
quite small, so slots are limited, but all applications are appreciated.
The deadline for applications is January 10. Any timezone. :)

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you think
may be interested.

Thank you!
Maggie Dennis
Community Liaison

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