The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.
In addition to its role in dispute resolution, the Committee determines which editors have access to CheckUser and Oversight permissions, and considers certain matters where exceptional factors such as privacy preclude a public hearing.
Arbitrators are volunteer users—usually experienced editors and administrators—whom the community of editors at large elects to resolve the most complex or intractable disputes that may arise within the community, and to oversee the few areas where access to non-public information is a prerequisite.
The editors listed below are the current members of the Arbitration Committee (known also as arbitrators). For the purpose of calculating the majority for committee votes, members are designated below as active or inactive. Members may be inactive if they are on wikibreak, have not participated in arbitration within the past week, or have indicated they will be absent from Wikipedia.
Members who are moving from inactive to active status may choose to remain inactive on some parts of the committee's business (as necessitated by their availability or familiarity with the case). If you wish to know whether an Arbitrator is active on a particular matter, you should ask them on their talk page. The lists below are used to determine whether a member is by default "active" or "inactive"; arbitrators who explicitly state they will be inactive or active (or in any case, who participate in a vote) will be counted as active even if they are listed as inactive below.
The following list is accurate as of 28 November 2013:
- Inactive arbitrators
- none at present
The Arbitration Committee does not have a chair, but may designate one arbitrator to coordinate timely performance of tasks. The current coordinating arbitrator is Roger Davies, with Kirill Lokshin as his deputy.
The Audit Subcommittee (AUSC) investigates complaints concerning the use of CheckUser and Oversight privileges. It consists of three arbitrators (currently AGK, Newyorkbrad, and Risker) and three non-arbitrator community members (currently Guerillero, MBisanz, and Richwales).
Ban Appeals Subcommittee
The Ban Appeals Subcommittee (BASC) considers appeals from banned or blocked users, generally when all other avenues of appeal have been exhausted. It consists this year of three arbitrators (currently AGK, David Fuchs, and Timotheus Canens).
All requests or other material intended for the Ban Appeals Subcommittee should be sent to arbcom-appeals-enlists.wikimedia.org. Please see the ban appeals procedures before contacting the subcommittee.
An e-mail appeal must specify the banned editor's Wikipedia username and any other usernames he or she has used to edit Wikipedia in the past two years. The appeal should clearly but succinctly explain the reasons the editor feels the ban should be overturned, such as what lessons the editor has learned since the ban or block was imposed, how the editor would conduct himself or herself differently in the future if allowed to resume editing, or why he or she believes the ban was unfair. The editor should also include links to any relevant on-wiki discussions and any other information necessary to understanding the grounds for the appeal.
The Committee's clerk team assists the Committee with procedural tasks, such as opening and closing cases, maintaining arbitration pages, and issuing notifications of decisions. Parties with questions about the arbitration process are encouraged to consult a clerk for assistance.
Contacting the Committee
To appeal a block or ban to the Arbitration Committee's Ban Appeals Subcommittee, e-mail arbcom-appeals-enlists.wikimedia.org.
For other matters, the arbcom-l mailing list is the primary venue for internal Arbitration Committee discussion on all matters under the Committee's remit. It can also be used by any user as a means of contacting the Committee privately (but see Email and privacy below). The mailing list address is arbcom-llists.wikimedia.org. It may also be reached through the "Email this user" feature at "User:Arbitration Committee". All current arbitrators are subscribed to this list, as is project founder Jimbo Wales.
|functionaries-en||The functionaries-en mailing list is used for general discussion among current Arbitration Committee members, former members in good standing, advanced permission (CheckUser and/or Oversight) operators, and other editors with official Wikimedia Foundation status. Please see the functionary page for more details and a list of subscribers.|
|arbcom-audit-en||The arbcom-audit-en mailing list is used for internal discussion by the Audit Subcommittee. Please see the subcommittee page for more details and a list of subscribers.|
|arbcom-appeals-en||The arbcom-appeals-en mailing list is used for internal discussion by the Ban Appeals Subcommittee. Please see the subcommittee page for more information about the subcommittee.|
|clerks-l||The clerks-l mailing list is used for coordination by the Committee's clerk team. Please see the clerk page for more details and a list of subscribers.|
|arbcom-en-b and arbcom-en-c||The arbcom-en-b and arbcom-en-c mailing lists are secondary mailing lists used instead of arbcom-l "solely for discussions involving (i) the conduct of an arbcom-l subscriber or (ii) cases, broadly defined, to which an arbcom-l subscriber is a party" per Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee/Noticeboard/Archive 5#Motion to establish secondary ArbCom mailing list. It is also used for CheckUser and Oversight applications, and may be used when one or more arbitrators recuse on a case. All arbitrators potentially have access to the archives of this mailing list upon conclusion of the incident that the list was used for.|
Some individual arbitrators have published their personal email addresses. These should be used sparingly as material intended for the Committee as a whole should instead be sent to arbcom-l at arbcom-llists.wikimedia.org.
Communications and privacy
Arbitrators usually seek to treat your communications, including emails, as private when possible. That said, however, we cannot guarantee against public disclosure for a number of reasons, including potential security limitations. Accordingly, you should not disclose sensitive personal information in your communications with us.
Once received, your communications may be shared with committee members and -- in some limited cases -- with third parties to assist in resolving issues or other purposes. Your communications may be kept for an undetermined period of time for archival or other reasons.
You should also know that even your return email address may lead to revealing your real-life identity. Many people create anonymized email accounts – for example <your username>@gmail.com, <username>@hotmail.com and so on – specially for Wikipedia use. Further information about safeguarding your privacy can be found at Wikipedia:On privacy, confidentiality and discretion and Wikipedia:How to not get outed on Wikipedia.