This case resulted from the merging of several Arbitration requests on the same topic matter into a single case, and the failure of a related request for comment to make headway. Special rules of conduct were put in place when this arbitration commenced. Since the workshop phase was closed on July 19 (five weeks ago), arbitrators have not formally set any specific target date to post a proposed decision. However, requests for updates from arbitrators have received several responses (see previous Signpost coverage from August 16 and August 9). The case has been technically open: although the evidence and workshop pages have remained closed, no proposals were posted on the proposed decision page and participants were prevented from further discussing their case on the case pages. Up until last week, participants were discussing the case on the proposed decision talk page, but an arbitrator stated that further discussion should not take place on this page until a proposed decision was posted. Instead, general discussion was directed to a general discussion page that was specially created for this case.
Several proposals by other arbitrators are being voted on; a number of these proposals, most of which were drafted by Roger Davies, relate to individual editor conduct and individual editor topic bans, and these have been supported by at least 8 out of 10 arbitrators. A standard discretionary sanctions scheme and a remedy concerning evidence sub-pages have each also received a similar level of support from the Committee. A motion to close has received some support from arbitrators.
Speed of light: A motion was recently passed to impose a topic ban on Brews ohare from all physics-related pages, topics and discussions. The topic ban is set to expire in August 2011.
CheckUser and Oversight positions
As reported in last week's Signpost, the Community has until 23:59 on 25 August 2010 (UTC) to comment on, or make further comments on candidates being actively considered for appointment to CheckUser and Oversight positions. Time is running out as the commenting period is soon going to close. The Committee made a second call for the Community to submit their comments during this commenting period.