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The ombudsman commission investigates complaints about violations of the privacy policy (in particular concerning the use of CheckUser tools) on any Wikimedia project for the board of trustees. To file a complaint, please contact an Ombudsman privately.



In addition to official investigation, they will mediate between the complainant and the respondent (usually a CheckUser, bureaucrat, administrator, or arbitration committee member). When legally necessary, the ombudsman will assist the General Counsel, the Executive Director or the board in handling the case.

When the case is litigious, the ombudsman will be in charge of educating CheckUsers or others about the Foundation's privacy policy. When the privacy policy has been breached, the commission should report to the Executive Director or to the Board and recommend a course of action (such as removal of CheckUser access). Additionally, the commission might suggest suitable changes to policies or software.


An ombudsman's investigation should be conducted in a manner determined by the ombudsman to ensure fairness and impartiality. As a general guideline, it is best that ombudsmen avoid conflicts of interest as much as possible, particularly by avoiding routine use of CheckUser access and not processing complaints on the projects on which they are very active editors. However, matters that come before the commission are not clearcut, and the language and culture of various projects may pose barriers to outsiders. As such, how the commission investigates complaints is left to the discretion of its appointed members.

צור קשר

Ombudsman requests may be made to the following email address (in any language spoken by one of the members):



Members of the ombudsman commission are selected by Wikimedia Foundation officials from the Wikimedia community (volunteers are welcome to propose themselves to the Foundation by writing to liaison(at) They are appointed (assuming they agree) for a period of approximately one year. An ombudsman's real identity must be disclosed to the Foundation legal counsel. A non-voting alternate member may be appointed to serve for one year, with an expectation for a seat as a full member the following year.

Assigned rights

⧼group-Ombudsmen⧽ have the following rights globally:

  • Search deleted pages (browsearchive)
  • Check users' IP addresses and other information (checkuser)
  • View the checkuser log (checkuser-log)
  • View deleted history entries, without their associated text (deletedhistory)
  • View deleted text and changes between deleted revisions (deletedtext)
  • View private logs (suppressionlog)
  • View revisions hidden from any user (viewsuppressed)

Current ombudsman users

See also automatically generated list (terms expire פברואר 2021):

Previous ombudsmen

פברואר 2019 — פברואר 2020:

פברואר 2018 — פברואר 2020:

פברואר 2017 — פברואר 2020:

  • Góngora from cawiki, eswiki (פברואר 2017 — פברואר 2019)
  • Krd from dewiki, commonswiki
  • Lankiveil from enwiki (פברואר 2017 — אפריל 2018)
  • Richwales from enwiki (פברואר 2017 — פברואר 2018)
  • Vogone from wikidata, dewiki, metawiki (פברואר 2017 — פברואר 2018)

פברואר 2016 — פברואר 2019:

  • Alan from commonswiki (פברואר 2016 — פברואר 2018)
  • NahidSultan from bnwiki, commonswiki (פברואר 2016 — פברואר 2017)
  • Pajz from dewiki (פברואר 2016 — פברואר 2019)

פברואר 2015 — פברואר 2018:

  • Alhen from eswiki (פברואר 2015 — פברואר 2017)
  • Barras from simplewiki, metawiki (פברואר 2015 — נובמבר 2016)
  • PhilKnight from enwiki (פברואר 2015 — פברואר 2017)
  • Rubin16 from ruwiki

פברואר 2014 — פברואר 2018:

  • Avraham from enwiki (פברואר 2014 — פברואר 2016)
  • Gnom from dewiki from itwiki (פברואר 2014 — פברואר 2017)
  • M7 from itwiki (פברואר 2014 — יוני 2014)
  • Polimerek from plwiki
  • Stryn from fiwiki, wikidatawiki (פברואר 2014 — יולי 2014)

פברואר 2013 — פברואר 2017:

  • Deskana from enwiki (פברואר 2013 — ספטמבר 2013)
  • Erzbischof from dewiki (פברואר 2013 — פברואר 2014)
  • Huji from fawiki
  • Levg from ruwiki (פברואר 2013 — פברואר 2015)

פברואר 2011 — פברואר 2016:

  • Dweller from enwiki (אפריל 2011 — פברואר 2013)
  • FloNight from enwiki (אפריל 2011 — פברואר 2014)
  • Herbythyme from commonswiki (פברואר 2011 — אפריל 2011)
  • Mwpnl from nlwiki (פברואר 2011 — פברואר 2013)
  • Pundit from plwiki (אפריל 2011 — פברואר 2012)
  • Sir48 from dawiki (פברואר 2011 — פברואר 2015)
  • Thogo from dewiki

פברואר 2010 — פברואר 2011:

ינואר 2009 — פברואר 2010:

דצמבר 2007 — ינואר 2009:

יולי 2006 — דצמבר 2007:


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Please follow these guidelines when submitting an inquiry to the commission:

  1. Be concise. Lengthy emails with unnecessary information make it harder for the commission to process the case in a timely manner.
  2. Be objective. Avoid making inquiries based on speculations or subjective judgements.
  3. Provide evidence. Please provide us with diff links and/or permanent links when possible.
  4. Be specific. Specify what part of which policy has been violated.
  5. Please inform us if your wiki has an Arbitration Committee (or a similar committee) and if you have reached them (or used other dispute resolution procedure customary to your community) before reaching the Ombudsman Commission. Provide a link to the relevant case page if appropriate.


Cases brought to our attention will be processed the following way:

  1. Confirmation of the request: we will send a notice of confirmation to the requester, and if necessary ask for further information.
  2. Scope: if the request is within the scope of the ombudsman commission, we will do the investigation, if not we will decline the request and try to direct the complainor to a better place to get help for his/her individual problem.
  3. Investigation: We do whatever is necessary to find out whether or not there was a breach of the privacy policy.
  4. Result: We give the result of our investigation to the requester, and if there was indeed a breach of the privacy policy, we will inform the user who was investigated and if necessary inform the Board of Trustees and if necessary recommend removing CU or steward rights from the user breaking the policy.

ראו גם

Reports of the commission


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