Wikinews:Arbitration Committee/September Elections 2006

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The Arbitration Committee is community-elected group of users who can hold hearings in serious disputes that cannot otherwise be resolved by the community (through discussions or quick, generally temporary actions by administrators).

In general, ArbCom hearings are intended to be about whether core policies like NPOV and Wikiquette are followed. The members of ArbCom can decide whether or not they want to hear a particular case brought before them through Wikinews:Requests for arbitration. Be aware that arbitration duty can still be rather time-intensive in complex cases, and that you will be required to recuse yourself from cases you are involved in.

This Arbitration Committee election will be held from September 4, 2006, 20:00 UTC to September 16, 2006, 20:00 UTC. The elections are open, and we strive for consensus. Anyone can be nominated. The candidates with the most support will be appointed to the 3 open seats on the committee left vacant due to the expiring terms of committee members Chiacomo, IlyaHaykinson, and the resignation of Edbrown05.

The Arbitration Committee members elected will serve through July 31, 2007. The next Arbitration Committee election to fill the remaining 3 seats is tenatively scheduled for January 18-31, 2007.

In order to vote, you need to have been an active user on Wikinews for more than a month, and you must have at least 200 edits.



Hello, Wikinews! I would like to help Wikinews further by becoming a member of the arbitration committee. While I really don't like self-promotion, it should be noted that I haven't really been on any article disputes. In fact, I've helped resolve them; see Talk:US soldier arrested for rape and four murders in Iraq/Archive 01 for how I resolved the pagename dispute. As demonstrated by the recent incident with Neutralizer, even though only two people (in contrast to majority that wished Neutralizer to stay banned) wanted Neutralizer to be unbanned, I considered their opinions and came up with a solution most people enjoyed: the parole. As of writing, it's been working quite well for him. (If a Neutralizer-related ArbCom case were to arise, I'd be sure to recuse from it.)

Disputes take up too much time, which could be used writing articles instead. While I endorse stressing the rest of the dispute resolution process before arbitration can be considered, if a case were to go to ArbCom, I'd make sure that it would be handled quickly and efficiently so we can resume writing as soon as possible. Please consider me as a potential arbitrator that strives for a solution that is best for the people and for the project.

this is messedrocker (talk) 09:54, 4 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I just breifly skimmed over that page, but are they seriously having elections at 'pedia for Wikiprojects boards! oh my, I can't even think of a word to describe that. Bawolff ☺☻ 22:04, 5 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Does not have suffrage.--+Deprifry+ 15:26, 7 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Chiacomo has been instrumental to keeping arbcom moving it the thankfully few cases we have had. I trust him, as apparently does the rest of the community based upon his recent rfb. Chiacomo serving another term on arbcom would be an excellent idea. --Cspurrier 17:55, 5 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I believe he has done a fine job as a member of arbcom. If he is willing I would like to see him serve another term. --Cspurrier 17:55, 5 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(AU Portal) 23:28, 6 September 2006 (UTC)


I just wish to throw my hat into the ring and become increasingly involved in Wikinews administration - Cartman02au (Talk)(AU Portal) 03:44, 6 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Support We need to have more representation from countries other than in N.America/Europe to make the Committee neutral. PVJ(Talk) 04:38, 6 September 2006 (UTC) I am currently considering leaving the project, so I would prefer to withdraw my vote for now. PVJ(Talk) 07:54, 6 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support Doldrums 05:15, 6 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support -Edbrown05 06:22, 8 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]