Commisyon ng Ombudsman

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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.

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In addition to official investigation, they will mediate between the complainant and the respondent (usually a CheckUser, oversighter, 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, 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 Pebrero 2021):

Previous ombudsmen

Pebrero 2019 — Pebrero 2020:

Pebrero 2018 — Pebrero 2020:

Pebrero 2017 — Pebrero 2020:

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

Pebrero 2016 — Pebrero 2019:

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

Pebrero 2015 — Pebrero 2018:

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

Pebrero 2014 — Pebrero 2018:

  • Avraham from enwiki (Pebrero 2014 — Pebrero 2016)
  • Gnom from dewiki from itwiki (Pebrero 2014 — Pebrero 2017)
  • M7 from itwiki (Pebrero 2014 — Hunyo 2014)
  • Polimerek from plwiki
  • Stryn from fiwiki, wikidatawiki (Pebrero 2014 — Hulyo 2014)

Pebrero 2013 — Pebrero 2017:

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

Pebrero 2011 — Pebrero 2016:

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

Pebrero 2010 — Pebrero 2011:

Enero 2009 — Pebrero 2010:

Disyembre 2007 — Enero 2009:

Hulyo 2006 — Disyembre 2007:


User:Uzoma OzurumbaUser:KelapstickUser:AjraddatzUser:Wikilover90User:GalahadUser:EVinenteUser:EmufarmersUser:DeltaQuadUser:TelesUser:SaileshpatUser:Jamie TubersUser:ElmacenderesiUser:Dyolf77User:BillinghurstUser:VogoneUser:RichwalesUser:LankiveilUser:KrdUser:GóngoraUser:TaketaUser:PajzUser:NahidSultanUser:AlanUser:PhilKnightUser:AlhenUser:Rubin16User:BarrasUser:StrynUser:M7User:AvrahamUser:PolimerekUser:GnomUser:LevgUser:ErzbischofUser:DeskanaUser:HujiUser:PunditUser:DwellerUser:ThogoUser:Sir48User:MwpnlUser:HerbythymeUser:FloNightUser:PalnatokeUser:LarUser:ElianUser:DRUser:CarkuniUser:TinzUser:ShizhaoUser:SchisteUser:Sam KornUser:PatríciaRUser:RebeccaUser:MackensenUser:Hei berUser:WeggeUser:UninvitedCompanyUser:Cartman02au 


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.

See also

Reports of the commission


Other documents