Arctic Knot Conference 2021/Submissions/The case for multi-project ArbComs in language and cultural groups

Submission no.
Title of the submission
The case for multi-project ArbComs in language and cultural groups
Author of the submission
Ramzy Muliawan
Submission format
  • Pre-recorded video presentation (10–30 minutes)
Language of presentation
English and Indonesian
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Indonesia
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
The Wikimedia projects have different mechanisms of local dispute resolution over cases of content and behavioral disputes. One of the most popular models was the Arbitration Committee (ArbCom) model, which was first introduced in the Swedish Wikipedia in November 2002. Its most popular version was the one at the English Wikipedia, which was formed in late 2003 alongside the now-defunct Mediation Committee, and is today widely seen as the premier dispute resolution tribunal--even as far as described as “the supreme court” or “court of last resort”--in the project. Currently, there are active ArbComs at eleven Wikipedia projects and another at the English Wikinews. Efforts to establish ArbComs at several other projects were less successful.
While rules governing content and behavioral disputes have largely been universal in the Wikimedia projects, small-language Wikimedia communities have largely little to no form of localized content and behavioral guidelines, let alone a mechanism of dispute resolution, even if it is urgently needed. In light of the 2030 Wikimedia Movement Strategy processes, in particular of its recommendation to “Provide Safety and Inclusion”, an effort has been made to create a Universal Code of Conduct, which serves as an universal minimum standard for behaviors expected or not tolerated within the Wikimedia movement. One of the primary goals of the UCoC was to serve small-language and developing projects. Since early 2021, a consultation has been ongoing to find out the best way to enforce the Code. The community response to UCoC has been very diverse, but a common theme in communities consulted are that of an autonomous, localized enforcement mechanism carried out by local functionaries in respect of the editing communities’ cultures, customs, and current situation.
This submission would seek to examine the possibility and feasibility of integrating the behavioral policy enforcement of several Wikimedia projects that are within the same language and/or cultural group into a single dispute resolution and enforcement body; one could call it a “multi-project ArbCom”. A special insight would be offered in context of the Indonesian and Malay commmunities, which is recently the subject for UCoC enforcement consultation; both serves as example of culturally diverse Wikimedia ecosystem where the multi-project ArbCom model could possibly work better compared to the more homogenous communities.
What will attendees take away from this session?
An insight to enforce global rules; new look on efforts to provide community health.
Theme of session
  • Empowering wiki communities
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