Final decision in TimidGuy ban appeal, one case remains open
The Arbitration Committee opened no new cases this week but closed one case, leaving one open.
This case was brought to the Committee by TimidGuy to appeal a ban that was imposed on him by Jimbo Wales. The case was closed today after a week of voting by arbitrators. Passing principles include a statement of the jurisdiction of the Arbitration Committee, which includes a broad ability to hear the "appeals [of] blocked, banned, or otherwise restricted users". Additionally, the decision states that there is no opportunity for a further appeal to Jimbo Wales if the Committee is reviewing a ban originally imposed by Jimbo Wales.
Along with the principles discussed in the case, a long series of findings of fact are listed regarding the circumstances of the ban of TimidGuy, and the nature of his appeal. After finding that the basis for the original ban was likely invalid, the decision vacated Jimbo Wales' ban of TimidGuy. The administrator who originally sought the ban for TimidGuy, Will Beback, was desysopped and indefinitely banned as a result of his "disruptive conduct". This site ban proposal divided the Committee, passing by a vote of 8–4.
This case was opened to review alleged disruptive editing on the Manual of Style and other pages pertaining to article naming. The workshop phase was extended by arbitrator AGK to 26 February. AGK stated on the workshop talk page that an outline of the proposed decision would be posted early this week with the final draft of the proposals to be posted by 4 March.
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