Procedural reform enacted, Rich Farmbrough blocked, three open cases
The committee neither opened nor closed any cases, leaving the total at three. Two motions for procedural change are also being voted upon.
Motions for procedural reform
ArbCom resolved by motion to standardise the enforcement of "editing restrictions imposed by the committee, and to reduce the amount of boilerplate text in decisions." The following standard enforcement provision will be incorporated into all cases with an enforceable remedy that avoids case-specific enforcement provisions:
||Should any user subject to a restriction in this case violate that restriction, that user may be blocked, initially for up to one month, and then with blocks increasing in duration to a maximum of one year. Appeals of blocks may be made to the imposing administrator, and thereafter to arbitration enforcement, or to the Arbitration Committee. All blocks shall be logged in the appropriate section of the main case page.
ArbCom resolved to ensure that the community has adequate notice of proposed changes to the committee's processes and procedures, and opportunity to comment on proposed changes. The motion requires clerks to notify the community of all proposals for significant changes on the committee's formal motions page, and that they be advertised on the committee's noticeboard and administrators' noticeboard. Motions will be subject to standard voting procedure and will remain open for 24 hours before enactment.
Following his use of automated programs in contravention of sanctions, Rich Farmbrough has been blocked for 30 days from 6 June. The committee has resolved that to avoid future violations of any nature, Farmbrough is to:
- clear all userspace .js pages associated with his accounts;
- avoid pasting offline automated edits into an article;
- make only manual edits; and
- refrain from edits adjusting the capitalisation of templates (where current capitalisation is functional) and similar edits, as "these can create the appearance of automation".
The prohibition on his use of automation will remain unchanged until it is modified or removed by the Committee. The earliest date which he may appeal the automation prohibition is 15 January 2013. Checkuser will be used to verify his compliance with the prohibition, and if future breaches of the automation prohibition occur, "notwithstanding the standard enforcement provisions, he will likely be site-banned indefinitely with at least twelve months elapsing from the date of the site-ban before he may request the Committee reconsider."
The committee has lifted the indefinite ban of Lyncs from the Scientology topic. The ban was imposed after his successful siteban appeal last year. His appeal to have his interaction ban from Cirt and single-account restriction removed was unsuccessful in view of the limited number of edits the committee could review.
Fæ (Week 3)
The case concerns alleged misconduct by Fæ. MBisanz claims that "Fæ has rendered himself unquestionable and unaccountable regarding his conduct because he responds in an extremely rude manner that personally attacks those who question him." MBisanz alleges that Fæ mischaracterises commentary about his on-wiki conduct as harassment and while Fæ has been mistreated off-wiki and possibly on, his violent responses to on-wiki commentary "has become the issue itself."
Evidence submissions close tomorrow, with proposed decisions due by 26 June. Due to the contentious nature of the case, arbitrator SirFozzie added a notice on the evidence subpage reminding users that he and other arbitrators and clerks will monitor the case. Clerks have been authorised to remove uncivil comments and accusations where there are no diffs to support them; the users responsible will receive a single warning. If further incidents occur, clerks may block the user for a period of time at their discretion. Users are reminded that no speculation is allowed, and submissions must be factual and to the point; where submissions contradict those of other editors, sufficient diffs must be provided.
The case concerns disruptive editing by GoodDay pertaining to the use of diacritics. GoodDay is topic banned from articles pertaining to the UK and Ireland, broadly construed, and is under the mentorship of Steven Zhang, the filing party. GoodDay believes that diacritics should not be used in articles as they are not part of English. Zhang notes that GoodDay can be uncivil and often removes comments by other editors from his talk page, citing harassment.
Evidence submissions closed on 5 June; most submissions concerned GoodDay's battleground behaviour and disruptive editing. proposed principles, findings of fact and remedies are currently being voted on. A statement about the scope and timetable of the case was made by drafting arbitrators Kirill Lokshin and AGK, reminding users seeking to make submissions that the purpose of the case is to examine GoodDay's conduct. Submissions must relate to whether or not his behaviour is contentious. AGK reminded users that "no examination will be made of the wider topic areas to which GoodDay makes contributions, except where necessary to establish if GoodDay's behaviour has been disruptive." The proposed decision of the case "will take into account GoodDay's treatment of his mentors' advice" and evidence unrelated to GoodDay's conduct will not be accepted.
The case was referred to the committee by Timotheus Canens, after TheSoundAndTheFury filed a "voluminous AE request" concerning behavioural issues in relation to Ohconfucius, Colipon, and Shrigley. The accused editors have denied his claims and decried TheSoundAndTheFury for his alleged "POV-pushing". According to TheSoundAndTheFury, the problem lies not with "these editors' points of view per se "; rather, it is "fundamentally about behavior".
Evidence submissions for the case will be accepted until 16 June, with a proposed decision to be made on 30 June.
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