Great group!  This is such an important role, it's good to see serious
people filling it.

On Jan 31, 2018 3:47 PM, "Karen Brown" <> wrote:

> Apologies for the broken formatting in my original message! I forgot how
> Mailman handles HTML in messages. Please see below for (hopefully) a more
> legible version of the announcement:
> -----------
> 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]
> the_Scope_of_the_Ombudsman_Commission
> I 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*
> 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*
> 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*
> 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*
> 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 Commons.
> *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*
> 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*
> 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*
> 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*
> 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*
> 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*
> 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. Vogone joined OC in 2017.
> *Richwales*
> 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*
> 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*
> 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*
> 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 Brown
> On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 6:29 PM, Karen Brown <> wrote:
> > *Hello all,*
> >
> [...]
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