2021 Arbitration Committee Elections

It’s that time of the year again where we subject those brave few to the criticisms of the community at large, and select those we wish to represent us on the English Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee.

What even is an Arbitration Committee?

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve.

Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee

For those of you not familiar with the legalese of Wikipedia, the role of the arbitration committee (ArbCom) can be summed up as the the final word in the enforcement of policy (i.e. editor conduct) and the last line of appeal.

And y’all elect them?

Members of the committee are elected yearly, and either serve one year (50% support) or two year (60% support) terms (for reasons explained here).

Our elections work by appointing candidates in “decreasing order of their percentage of support, as calculated by support/(support + oppose), until all seats are filled or no more candidates meet the required support percentage.” [1] This year, we have eleven candidates for eight vacant seats.

The lucky 11

Opabinia regalis (t · c)

Cabayi (t · c)

Donald Albury (t · c)

Enterprisey (t · c)

Izno (t · c)

Beeblebrox (t · c)

Wugapodes (t · c)

Worm That Turned (t · c)

Thryduulf (t · c)

Banedon (t · c)

Guerillero (t · c)

So who are you voting for?

Eh, I’m not sure yet really – I was going to do a voters guide (User:TheresNoTime/ACE2021) but frankly that’s a lot of poring over things. I’ll likely make my mind up much nearer the time, after reading through the answers to the questions.

ArbCom needs both new members and institutional memory, ideally a majority of those who have never served on the committee before lest it get stuck in “the old ways of doing things”.

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