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Functionaries are users who perform specialised roles, and have privileged technical access, on the Wikimedia projects. Examples include users with Oversight or CheckUser access, and current and past members of the Arbitration Committee. Functionary access must be authorised by the Arbitration Committee or the Wikimedia Foundation, and requires confirmation of the user's identity to be recorded by the Foundation, to ensure compliance with the access to nonpublic data policy. This is in contrast to users such as Bureaucrats or members of the Bot Approvals Group, which are 'community' positions.

Functionaries whose permissions and responsibilities are confined to the English Wikipedia are under the jurisdiction of the Arbitration Committee. These functionaries include:

  • Current members of the Arbitration Committee
  • Former members of the Committee, who retain access to the functionaries-en mailing list, and are thus considered functionaries for that (somewhat recursive) reason
  • Other users to which the Arbitration Committee has granted CheckUser or Oversight permissions

Functionaries are held to a higher standard of behavior than non-functionaries, especially in issues related to their area of responsibility. Users who demonstrate a lack of judgment in an area related to their special access may have their status as functionaries revoked, whether or not an explicit abuse of their privileged access has occurred. As functionaries have a high profile within the project, and are the face of Wikipedia both to its editors and to the wider world, it is damaging to the integrity of the encyclopedia as a whole if these users are repeatedly embroiled in controversy. Functionaries may be removed from their position by the Arbitration Committee.

Mailing list[edit]


The functionaries-en mailing list is a venue for general discussion among current Arbitration Committee members, former members in good standing, advanced permission operators (CheckUser and/or Oversight), and other editors with official Wikimedia Foundation status. The mailing list address is

Although current arbitrators are subscribed to arbcom-l, the scope of this list is broader. This list is intended to allow more effective collaboration among editors involved with sensitive and privacy-related areas within the community, and the handling of related issues, primarily on the English Wikipedia. The list also has a role in supporting the Arbitration Committee, being available to assist with various matters and acting as a forum for discussion, input, and collective memory as needed.

As of 02 February 2016, the subscribers are:

Current arbitrators:
Callanecc, Casliber, Courcelles, DeltaQuad, Drmies, DGG, Doug Weller, Gamaliel, GorillaWarfare, Guerillero, Keilana, Kelapstick, Kirill Lokshin, Opabinia regalis, Salvio giuliano
Advanced permission (CheckUser and/or Oversight) operators:
Alison (CU/OS), Amalthea (former CU), Avraham (CU/OS/steward), Bbb23 (CU), Daniel Case (OS), DoRD (CU/OS), Dweller (OS), Elockid (CU/OS), Fluffernutter (OS), Foxj (OS), Frank (former CU), GB fan (OS), HJ Mitchell (OS), J.delanoy (former CU/former steward), Joe Decker (former AUSC), Julia W (OS), Keegan (CU/OS), Ks0stm (former OS), Lankiveil (OS), Materialscientist (CU), MBisanz (OS/steward), Mentifisto (OS/steward), Mike V (CU/OS), Philippe (CU/OS), Ponyo (CU/OS), Reaper Eternal (CU), Richwales (OS), Ronhjones (former OS), Someguy1221 (OS), Versageek (CU)
Former arbitrators:
Beeblebrox, Cool Hand Luke, Coren, David Fuchs, Deskana, Euryalus, FloNight, Jdforrester, Jpgordon, LFaraone, Mailer diablo, Mindspillage, NativeForeigner, Newyorkbrad, NuclearWarfare, Paul August, PhilKnight, Risker, Roger Davies, Seraphimblade, SirFozzie, Thryduulf, Timotheus Canens, Wizardman, Worm That Turned, Xeno
Wikimedia Foundation and others:
Jimbo Wales (project co-founder), Maggie Dennis (Director, Community Advocacy), Luis Villa (Senior Director, Community Engagement)

The list above is served from Template:Functionaries.

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