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The ombudsman commission investigates complaints about infringements of the Privacy Policy, the Access to nonpublic information policy, the CheckUser policy and the oversight policy on any Wikimedia project for the Board of Trustees. They also investigate for the Board the compliance of local CheckUser or Oversight policies or guidelines with the global CheckUser and Oversight policies.



In addition to official investigation, they will mediate between the complainant and the respondent (usually a CheckUser, oversighter, Bürokrat, Administrateur, 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, Access to Nonpublic Information Policy, CheckUser Policy, or Oversight policy have been breached, the Ombudsman Commission should report to the Executive Director or designated staff and recommend a course of action (such as removal of access to tools). 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 or oversight 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.


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



Members of the ombudsman commission are selected by Wikimedia Foundation officials from the Wikimedia community. A call for volunteers is issued each year in early December on the Wikimedia-L mailing list and on the talk page of this policy, as well as other project forums as appropriate. 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

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 Februar 2021):

Vireg Ombudsmänner

Februar 2020 — Februar 2020:

Februar 2019 — Februar 2020:

Februar 2018 — Februar 2020:

Februar 2017 — Februar 2020:

  • Góngora aus der cawiki, eswiki (Februar 2017 — Februar 2019)
  • Krd aus der dewiki, commonswiki
  • Lankiveil aus der enwiki (Februar 2017 — Abrëll 2018)
  • Richwales aus der enwiki (Februar 2017 — Februar 2018)
  • Vogone aus der wikidata, dewiki, metawiki (Februar 2017 — Februar 2018)

Februar 2016 — Februar 2019:

  • Alan aus der commonswiki (Februar 2016 — Februar 2018)
  • NahidSultan aus der bnwiki, commonswiki (Februar 2016 — Februar 2017)
  • Pajz aus der dewiki (Februar 2016 — Februar 2019)

Februar 2015 — Februar 2018:

  • Alhen aus der eswiki (Februar 2015 — Februar 2017)
  • Barras aus der simplewiki, metawiki (Februar 2015 — November 2016)
  • PhilKnight aus der enwiki (Februar 2015 — Februar 2017)
  • Rubin16 aus der ruwiki

Februar 2014 — Februar 2018:

  • Avraham aus der enwiki (Februar 2014 — Februar 2016)
  • Gnom aus der dewiki aus der itwiki (Februar 2014 — Februar 2017)
  • M7 aus der itwiki (Februar 2014 — Juni 2014)
  • Polimerek aus der plwiki
  • Stryn aus der fiwiki, wikidatawiki (Februar 2014 — Juli 2014)

Februar 2013 — Februar 2017:

  • Deskana aus der enwiki (Februar 2013 — September 2013)
  • Erzbischof aus der dewiki (Februar 2013 — Februar 2014)
  • Huji aus der fawiki
  • Levg aus der ruwiki (Februar 2013 — Februar 2015)

Februar 2011 — Februar 2016:

  • Dweller aus der enwiki (Abrëll 2011 — Februar 2013)
  • FloNight aus der enwiki (Abrëll 2011 — Februar 2014)
  • Herbythyme aus der commonswiki (Februar 2011 — Abrëll 2011)
  • Mwpnl aus der nlwiki (Februar 2011 — Februar 2013)
  • Pundit aus der plwiki (Abrëll 2011 — Februar 2012)
  • Sir48 aus der dawiki (Februar 2011 — Februar 2015)
  • Thogo aus der dewiki

Februar 2010 — Februar 2011:

Januar 2009 — Februar 2010:

Dezember 2007 — Januar 2009:

Juli 2006 — Dezember 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 policies or a non-compliance or conflict of local policies with the global ones.
  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.

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