Thanks Patrick for all your work on this and Congratulations to everyone
coming on board! Thank you Thogo, PhilKnight, Avraham and Alhen for your
work over the past years. I know I'll see you all around still :).

James Alexander
Manager
Trust & Safety
Wikimedia Foundation
(415) 839-6885 x6716 @jamesofur

On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM, Tanweer Morshed <wiki.tanw...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Thanks Patrick for the announcement. Congratulations to the new members as
> well as the returning members!
>
>
> Regards,
> Tanweer
>
> On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 10:00 PM, Patrick Earley <pear...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > 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.
> >
> > [1]
> >
> >
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Amending_the_Scope_of_the_Ombudsman_Commission
> >
> > 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
> > administrators.
> >
> >  -
> >
> > 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
> > pear...@wikimedia.org
> > (1) 415 975 1874
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