Hello, everyone.

I'd like to announce the new and returning members of the 2016 Ombudsman
Commission (OC), the small group of volunteers who investigate complaints
about violations of the privacy policy, and in particular concerning the
use of CheckUser and Oversight[1] tools, on any Wikimedia project for the
Board of Trustees.


I apologize for the length of the announcement. :)

The application period for new commissioners for 2016 recently closed. The
Wikimedia Foundation is extremely grateful to the many experienced and
insightful volunteers who offered to assist with this work.

As it has for the past few years, this year’s OC will consist of seven
members, with a two-member advisory team who will guide the new commission.

I am pleased to announce the composition of the 2016 OC. First, the new
members are:

User:Alan, who has been a registered Wikimedian for more than three years,
but an anonymous editor since 2006, working primarily across Spanish
language projects. He is a global sysop and global rollbacker, an
administrator on Commons, as well as having been an OTRS volunteer for ~3
years. In the past he has served as an administrator and bureaucrat on
Spanish Wikivoyage.

User:NahidSultan, who has been volunteering on Wikimedia projects since
2012. He is mostly active on Bengali Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Meta,
where he holds administrator rights. Besides these roles, he is also part
of OTRS, a small wiki monitoring team member and a global administrator.
Other than his online contributions to the movement, he is also active
doing Wikimedia work offline, working actively for the Wikimedia Bangladesh
chapter, where he currently serves as a Board member.

User:Pajz, who has been an active contributor to the Wikimedia projects for
almost a decade. Formerly a bureaucrat on the German-language Wiktionary,
he has since mainly focused on contributing to Wikipedia (mostly on topics
from economic theory and copyright law) and helping out on the Volunteer
response team ("OTRS team"). He became a Wikipedia administrator and a
Volunteer response team member in 2007, and has served as one of the OTRS


User:Taketa, who has been a Wikimedian since 2008. He mostly works on the
Dutch Wikipedia, writing content and organising projects. He was a member
of the Dutch Wikipedia Arbitration Committee in 2009/10 and 2012/13.
Currently, he helps as Wikimedia steward, nlwiki bureaucrat, listadmin for
the nlwiki admins and bureaucrats, OTRS volunteer and Wikidata admin.

Returning members:

User:Barras, who is primarily active on the Simple English Wikipedia and
Meta. He’s a steward, an Oversighter on Simple English and Meta, and also a
Checkuser on Simple and Meta. Barras joined the OC in 2015.

User:Polimerek, who primarily edits Polish Wikipedia (where he is an admin
and former arbitrator), Polish Wikibooks and Wikimedia Commons. He also
serves the Wikimedia movement as the president of Wikimedia Poland and on
the Grant Advisory Committee. He is a former Checkuser. Polimerek joined
the OC in 2014.

User:Rubin16, who primarily edits the Russian Wikipedia, where he is a
bureaucrat and administrator. He is formerly a member of their Arbitration
Committee. He is an administrator on Wikimedia Commons and is a Central
Notice and translation admin on Meta. (He is also a translation admin on
Commons.) He is a member of Wikimedia Russia, responsible for press
contacts and financial reporting.

The 2016 OC’s advisors (this advisory role provides expertise when needed,
but does not participate in all discussions) are:


User:Gnom, who primarily edits German Wikipedia. Gnom, a licensed attorney,
has previously served Wikimedia as a legal intern for the Wikimedia
Foundation. In 2014, he was elected to the Board of Wikimedia Deutschland,
where he serves as co-Vice Chair. Gnom joined the OC in 2014.

User:Huji, who primarily edits Farsi Wikipedia, where he is an
administrator, bureaucrat and former Checkuser. He has also contributed
substantially to Simple Wikipedia, English Wikipedia and Meta and is a
Wikimedia developer contributing to MediaWiki and WMF Labs projects.

These volunteers' willingness to remain, to bring their familiarity with
processes and their experience to the new arrivals, is greatly appreciated!

Please join me in thanking the following outgoing volunteers, who have
given substantially of their time to serve the commission:

User:Alhen, who primarily edits Spanish projects. He is a bureaucrat and
administrator on the Spanish Wikipedia and Spanish Wikibooks, and is also
an administrator on Commons. A prior member of the Spanish ArbCom, before
it was dismantled, he is a Checkuser on the Spanish Wikipedia.

User:Avraham, a steward, who primarily edits English Wikipedia where he is
a Checkuser, Oversighter, admin and bureaucrat. He also serves the Commons
as an admin and Oversighter and Meta as an admin. He joined the OC in 2014.

User:PhilKnight, who primarily edits the English Wikipedia. A former member
of its arbitration committee and its mediation committee, he is also a
Checkuser, Oversighter and administrator there.

User:Thogo primarily edits the German Wikipedia, where he is an
administrator and former arbitrator, and has also focused on Meta. He is a
former steward and has served as an administrator on several other
projects. He joined the OC in 2011.

I'd also like to say a hearty thank you to those returning and those coming
aboard for the first time, as well as to all those applied. Again, it was
an extremely able group of volunteers, and while this mix of users may best
serve the need for this year, I hope that those who applied will consider
applying again in future years.

Patrick Earley
Community Advocate
Wikimedia Foundation
(1) 415 975 1874
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