*Hello all,I am happy to announce the new and returning members of the 2018
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]
apologize for the length of the announcement. :)The application period for
new commissioners for 2018 recently closed. The Wikimedia Foundation is
extremely grateful to the many experienced and insightful volunteers who
offered to assist with this work. This year we received applications
representing the widest variety of languages, projects, and regions I’ve
seen since I started working with the committee three years ago.Given the
increasing caseload OC has been handing year over year, we have decided to
take advantage of the opportunity the diverse candidate pool afforded us
and expand the committee by one seat; this year’s OC will consist of eight,
rather than seven, members, with a two-member advisory team who will guide
the new commission.I am pleased to announce the composition of the 2018 OC.
First, the new members are:Billinghurst
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Billinghurst>Billinghurst is a
long-term Metapedian/Wikimedian who served as a steward from 2012 to 2016
and still serves as a global sysop. He considers his home wiki to be the
English Wikisource where he's performed over 260,000 edits and focuses on
transcribing biographical reference data from the 19th and early 20thC. In
addition, however, to serving as a local administrator on Wikisource he
also holds the sysop hat on Commons, Meta and the English Wikipedia racking
up almost 700,000 edits across the projects with almost a million edits
when you count his bot. He claims to still have a bit of wisdom and
knowledge to give. Jamie Tubers
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jamie_Tubers>Sam, who edits as Jamie
Tubers, joined the English language Wikipedia community in 2011 and has
over the years expanded his activities into a wide range of movement
activities including co-founding the Wikimedia user group Nigeria and
helping to organize events like Wiki Loves Africa and Wiki Loves Women. He
is dedicated to correcting our content gaps and biases related to Africa
and raising awareness of the projects on the continent.Dyolf77
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Dyolf77>Habib started editing in 2010
and has been heavily engaged in community affairs, both onwiki and as part
of user groups, for years. A native of Tunisia, he has been a free-culture
advocate on a wide range of issues in and beyond the movement. Onwiki, you
can mainly find him helping out on Commons, where he is a sysop, as well as
the Arabic and French language editions of Wikipedia.Saileshpat
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Saileshpat>Saileshpat started editing
Wikipedia in 2012 and soon became deeply involved in the Odia community. He
has helped organize outreach events and worked to spread awareness in his
region. In addition he was one of the co-organizers of WikiConference India
2016. Saileshpat has helped in a content relicensing process, where the
Government of Odisha decided to release content under Creative Commons
licenses. Online he is mainly active on the Odia Wikipedia and
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Elmacenderesi>Elmacenderesi has been
working on Wikimedia projects since 2007, primarily on the Turkish
Wikipedia. There, he has been a CheckUser and a Bureaucrat since 2008 and
an Oversighter since 2011. He is also a member of Wikimedia OTRS and serves
as a global outreach coordinator, working with academic institutions and
GLAMs, for The Wikipedia Library.Teles
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Teles>Lucas became a Wikipedian in
2007 and started to engage with CheckUser rights in 2009, when he became a
local CU on the Portuguese Wikipedia. He held both Oversight and Checkuser
rights on Ptwiki between 2015 and 2017, when his term with the rights
expired. He is currently an administrator on Commons. His traditional main
focus has been on anti-vandalism work. In 2012, the global community
elected him as a steward, a position he has held since.In addition,
experienced OC members Lankiveil and Góngora will be returning as members
of the Ombuds Commission:Lankiveil
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Lankiveil>Lankiveil is a long-term
user, admin, and oversighter on the English Wikipedia, having made his
first edits in 2004. He served on the Ombuds Commission in 2017, and is
also an OTRS volunteer. He also sometimes edits at Irish Wikipedia, and
Wikidata. He is a native speaker of Australian English and is a member of
Wikimedia Australia.Góngora
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:G%C3%B3ngora>Góngora, J. Gustavo
Góngora-Goloubintseff, 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 from 2010 until 2017, where he is also a CheckUser. He was a
member of the Spanish Arbitration Committee in 2008, before it was
dismantled. He was a board member of Wikimedia España in 2011. He is
currently a member of both Wikimedia España and Wikimedia Norge.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):Pajz
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Pajz> Pajz has edited the Wikimedia
projects since 2005. He was a Wikipedia administrator between 2007 to 2016
and is a member of the Volunteer Response Team. He served as one of the
OTRS administrators from 2013 to 2015, before being first appointed to the
Ombudsman Commission in 2016.Krd
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Krd>Krd, who is primarily active on
German Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, and also serves at the Volunteer
Response Team as an agent and OTRS admin, and was a prior member of German
Wikipedia Arbitration Committee for more than three years. He joined the OC
in 2017.And finally, please join me in thanking the following outgoing
volunteers, who have given substantially of their time to serve the
commission:Vogone <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User: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 translatewiki.net
<http://translatewiki.net/>. Vogone has shown a keen interest in the
technical side of user privacy, including contributing to MediaWiki
software around edit suppression. Vogone joined OC in 2017.Richwales
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User: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. Rich joined the OC in 2017.Alan
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User: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. He joined the OC in
2016.Rubin16 <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User: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. He joined the OC in 2015.Polimerek
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User: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.---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 across a diverse
array of languages and projects, and while this appointed mix of users may
best serve the need for this year, I hope that those who applied and were
not appointed will consider applying again in future years.Yours,Karen

Karen Brown
Community Advocate
Wikimedia Foundation

Karen Brown
Community Advocate
Wikimedia Foundation
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