Motion passed in R&I case; ban appeals, amendment requests, and more
The Arbitration Committee opened no new cases this week, leaving two cases open.
At the time of writing, 12 editors – including recused arbitrator Kirill (talk · contribs) – have submitted 13,000 words in evidence on the evidence page, including some 6,900 words from Communicat (talk · contribs). While Communicat continues to maintain that dispute centers on the appropriate weight that ought to be given to "majority viewpoint in many non-Western and non-aligned sovereign states", the evidence from at least 7 editors appears to be focused on Communicat's conduct on Wikipedia. Several proposals have also been made on the workshop page.
Eight editors have so far submitted evidence since the case was opened on 22 November. One of the main parties, Ryoung122 (talk · contribs), has not yet submitted any evidence or comments on the arbitration pages.
On 14 December 2010, Jayjg (talk · contribs) requested to have his editing restrictions from this case lifted, citing his general lack of conflict and his good work towards Good and Featured content.
So far, no other editors have commented. However, arbitrator Carcharoth (talk · contribs) has requested supplementary information and arbitrator SirFozzie (talk · contribs) would like to see more comments and statements from others.
A request was filed last week to amend this case - to remove the mention of 'astrology' from principle #16 and the mention of 'psychoanalysis' from principle #17. The proposer submitted that the Arbitration Committee has exceeded its remit by improperly ruling on content matters. Four arbitrators have commented on the request but generally feel reluctant to amend a case that was decided in 2006.
On 29 November 2010, a request for clarification was filed concerning the topic ban that was imposed on Mathsci (talk · contribs) at the conclusion of the Race and intelligence case. Mathsci wanted arbitrators to clarify the scope of his topic ban, while others raised other questions and matters related to his topic ban. Mathsci did not specifically request for his restriction to be lifted. However, arbitrator Newyorkbrad (talk · contribs) thought of lifting the topic ban "to avoid disputes about its precise borders". Like arbitrator SirFozzie, he also noted that Mathsci voluntarily withdrew from editing the race and intelligence articles.
Arbitrator Roger Davies (talk · contribs) formally proposed a motion to terminate the topic ban, and the motion was passed this week.
The Committee decided to:
- lift the block that was imposed on Jahnbon (talk · contribs)
- conditionally suspend the ban that was imposed on Wiarthurhu (talk · contribs) by the Community. The conditions are such that Wiarthurhu is subject to a 1RR restriction, and is specifically banned from editing articles or talk pages relating to automobiles/aircraft.
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