Arbitration Committee

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On Wikimedia Foundation projects an Arbitration Committee (sometimes abbreviated as "ArbCom") is a small group of trusted users who serve as a means of dispute resolution, they have been initiated on some individual Wikimedia Foundation projects. Rulings, policies and procedures differ between projects depending on local and cultural contexts. According to the Wikimedia Terms of Use, users are not obliged to have a dispute solved by an ArbCom.[1]

The first Wikimedia project to use an arbitration committee was the Swedish Wikipedia.[2] The English Wikipedia ArbCom was created by Jimmy Wales as an extension of the decision-making power he formerly held as CEO of site-owner Bomis Inc., to take over his role in resolving complex disputes between users.[3]

Arbitration Committees are now used on eleven Wikipedia versions and the English Wikinews.

CompositionEdit

Committees typically have five to fifteen members, who are known as Arbitrators. Terms vary in length, with some as long as three years.

On the English Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales has reserve authority to appoint and dismiss committee members, or to disband the committee and force new elections. Previously, non-binding community votes were used to present candidates for appointment. The community now runs standard elections to select committee members.

Projects with Arbitration CommitteesEdit

Wikipedia versions
Project Name E-mail Private wiki Notes
cs – Czech Arbitrážní výbor arbcom-cs lists wikimedia org arbcom-cs.wikipedia.org
de – German Schiedsgericht arbcomde-l lists wikimedia org arbcom-de.wikipedia.org
en – English Arbitration Committee arbcom-en wikimedia org arbcom-en.wikipedia.org
fa – Persian هیئت نظارت Limited purview, mainly a supervisory council for complaints against admins
fi – Finnish Välityslautakunta arbcom-fi.wikipedia.org
fr – French Comité d'arbitrage car-fr-l lists wikimedia org No arbitrators elected in last elections. Inactive until next elections.
hu – Hungarian Wikitanács
nl – Dutch Arbitragecommissie arbcom-nl lists wikimedia org arbcom-nl.wikipedia.org
pl – Polish Komitet Arbitrażowy
ru – Russian Арбитражный комитет arbcom-ru wikimedia org arbcom-ru.wikipedia.org New every half-a-year
uk – Ukrainian Арбітражний комітет
Wikinews

Projects with inactive, trial or dissolved Arbitration CommitteesEdit

Wikipedia versions
  • Spanish (dissolved April 2009)
  • Korean (No arbitrators elected since December 2015, arbcom function suspended as of 18 March 2017.)
  • Occitan (A setting up was proposed in 2006, an election has been planned in December 2008 but was never realized)
  • Portuguese (dissolved January 2012)
  • Swedish (inactive)
  • Slovenian (deleted, with a redirect to Wikipedija:Mediacija). The page exists only as a framework for eventual setting up. The mediation wasn't needed so far, so the rules for the election process haven't been established yet.
  • Thai (term expired in January 2016, no elections held since)
Wikivoyage versions

See alsoEdit

  1. "Wikimedia Terms of Use - # 13 Disputes and Jurisdictions". Archived from the original on March 18, 2021. Retrieved November 14, 2022. 
  2. Hoffman, David A.; Salil Mehra (2010). "Wikitruth Through Wikiorder". Emory Law Journal 59 (2010). SSRN 1354424. 
  3. Wales, Jimmy (December 4, 2003). "[WikiEN-l] Wikiquette committee appointments". lists.wikimedia.org. Wikimedia Foundation. Archived from the original on June 29, 2021. Retrieved November 14, 2022.