Congratulation to Vogone, Lankiveil, Góngora, Richwales, Krd for their
appointment to Ombuds Commission, and to returning as members Pajz,Alan,
Rubin16, Polimerek.

And thank you to the outgoing members, NahidSultan, Taketa, Gnom, Huji, and
Barras, for your service.

I appreciate the time that you put in doing this important work.

Warm regards,

Sydney Poore
Co-founder Kentucky Wikimedians,
Co-founder WikiWomen User Group,
Co-founder WikiConference North America
Board member of Wiki Project Med Foundation,
Member of Simple Annual Plan Grant Committee

On Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 9:09 AM, Karen Brown <> wrote:

> Hello all,
> It is time to announce the new and returning members of the 2017 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]
> the_Scope_of_the_Ombudsman_Commission
> I apologize for the length of the announcement. :)
> The application period for new commissioners for 2017 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 2017 OC. First, the new
> members are:
> Vogone
> User:Vogone has contributed to Wikimedia projects since early 2012. While
> they began their involvement on the German Wikipedia, they quickly branched
> out to Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikivoyage, and Wikiversity. They were the
> first bureaucrat on the Wikidata project. Vogone has worked heavily
> assisting our smaller projects as a global rollbacker, global sysop, and
> member of the Small Wiki Monitoring Team. They have experience in
> translation administration, both on Meta and  Vogone
> has
> shown a keen interest in the technical side of user privacy, including
> contributing to MediaWiki software around edit suppression.
> Lankiveil
> Lankiveil is a long-term user, admin, and oversighter on the English
> Wikipedia, having made his first edits in 2004.  He serves as a clerk to
> the English Wikipedia Arbcom and as an OTRS volunteer. He also sometimes
> edits at Irish Wikipedia and Commons. He is a native speaker of Australian
> English and is a member of Wikimedia Australia.
> Góngora
> Góngora, J. Gustavo Góngora Goloubintseff, who primarily edits Spanish
> Wikipedia, Catalan Wikipedia and Norwegian bokmål Wikipedia. He has been an
> administrator and bureaucrat on the Spanish Wikipedia since 2007, and an
> administrator on the Catalan Wikipedia since 2009, where he is also a
> CheckUser.  He was a member of the Spanish ArbCom in 2008, before it was
> dismantled. He was a board member of Wikimedia España in 2011. He is
> currently a member of Wikimedia Norge.
> Richwales
> User:Richwales has been an active Wikimedian since 2005. He is an
> administrator, oversighter, and sockpuppet investigation clerk on the
> English Wikipedia. Richwales also served on the now-defunct Audit
> subcommittee, which served a similar role to the Ombudsman Commission.
> Krd
> User:Krd, who is primarily active on German Wikipedia and Wikimedia
> Commons, and also serves at the Volunteer response team as agent and OTRS
> admin, and was a prior member of German Wikipedia Arbcom for more than
> three years.
> In addition, the following experienced OC members will be returning as
> members
> of the Ombuds Commission:
> Pajz
> User:Pajz is a Wikipedia editor. He was a Wikipedia administrator between
> 2007 to 2016 and is a member of the Volunteer Response Team ("OTRS team").
> He served as one of the OTRS administrators from 2013 to 2015, before being
> first appointed to the Ombudsman Commission in 2016.
> Alan
> User:Alan 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 ~4 years. In the past
> he has served as an administrator and bureaucrat on Spanish Wikivoyage.
> And the following experienced OC members will be returning as advisors to
> the commission (this advisory role provides expertise when needed, but does
> not participate in all discussions):
> Rubin16
> User:Rubin16 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.
> Polimerek
> User:Polimerek 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.
> And finally, please join me in thanking the following *outgoing
> volunteers*,
> who have given substantially of their time to serve the commission:
> NahidSultan
> User:NahidSultan 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 has also been part of
> OTRS, a small wiki monitoring team member and a global administrator. Other
> than his online contributions to the movement, he has also been active
> doing Wikimedia work offline, working actively for the Wikimedia Bangladesh
> chapter. NahidSultan joined the OC in 2016.
> Taketa
> User:Taketa has been a Wikimedian since 2008. They mostly work on the Dutch
> Wikipedia, writing content and organising projects. They were a member of
> the Dutch Wikipedia Arbitration Committee in 2009/10 and 2012/13. They have
> served as a Wikimedia steward, nlwiki bureaucrat, listadmin for the nlwiki
> admins and bureaucrats, OTRS volunteer and Wikidata admin. Taketa joined
> the OC in 2016.
> Gnom
> User:Gnom 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. Gnom joined
> the OC in 2014.
> Huji
> User:Huji primarily edits Farsi Wikipedia, where he is an administrator,
> bureaucrat and 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. Huji joined the OC in
> 2013.
> Barras
> Note: Barras resigned from the OC in good standing in November 2016
> 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.
> ---
> I'd also like to offer a huge “thank you” to those returning and those
> coming aboard for the first time, as well as to all those applied. The
> applications we received this year showed us 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.
> Yours,
> Karen Brown
> --
> Karen Brown
> Community Advocate
> Wikimedia Foundation
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