Kiefer.Wolfowitz and Ironholds case opens; July 22 deadline for checkuser and oversight applications
The case Kiefer.Wolfowitz and Ironholds was opened. Voting on the Tea Party movement case continued, after a failed attempt at moderated discussion. A group tasked with deciding the content of the lead section of the Jerusalem article has reported back to the committee. Applications for checkuser and oversight permissions close on 22 July.
This case, brought by Mark Arsten, involves a dispute between Kiefer Wolfowitz and Ironholds, the original account of Wikimedia Foundation employee Oliver Keyes, that began on-wiki and escalated in off-wiki forums, ending with statements that could be interpreted as threats of violence. The evidence phase of the case closes 26 July, the workshop closes 2 August, and a proposed decision is scheduled to be posted 9 August 2013.
This case involving an American political group, brought by KillerChihuahua, is now unsuspended, after a moderated discussion failed to agree on the ground rules for such a discussion.
Two additional findings of fact currently have enough votes to pass: that there was no misconduct on the part of KillerChihuahua, and that the current sanctions, which prohibit “more than one (1) revert on the same content per twenty-four (24) hour period" are inadequate.
Other requests and committee action
- Clarification request: Scientology: A clarification request was brought by User:Sandstein in response to an ongoing discussion at WP:ANI#Abuse of admin powers and Violation of WP:INVOLVED by User:Sandstein. The request seeks to clarify the role of discretionary sanctions and outing after discretionary sanctions for the ‘’Scientology’’ case were applied to two editors who posted a link on Sandstein’s talk page to an old Arbcom case that contained the previous username of Prioryman.
- Clarification and amendment request: Syrian civil war articles: A request was made by Greyshark09 for a 1RR restriction to prevent edit warring. The sanctions for WP:ARBPIA (Arab-Israeli conflict) are currently being applied to the topic area.
- Applications for checkuser and oversight to close 22 July: The committee is looking for applications for checkuser and oversight permissions, with special encouragement for those who already have one permission to apply for the other. Users who frequent IRC channels are also particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be over 18, willing to identify to the foundation, and already be administrators on the English Wikipedia. For more information see the appointments page.
- Mandated dispute resolution for Jerusalem: A group tasked with deciding the content of the lead section of the Jerusalem article has reported back to the committee. A January 2013 motion by the committee appointed three uninvolved, experienced editors, along with a moderator, to assist the community in holding a discussion over the content, with the decision to be binding for three years. The paragraph selected is "Jerusalem, located on a plateau in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean and Dead Seas, is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem as their capital, as Israel maintains its primary governmental institutions there and the State of Palestine ultimately foresees it as its seat of power; however, neither claim is widely recognized internationally."
The Race and politics case, brought by UseTheCommandLine and dealing with sourcing methods in articles pertaining to race politics, has been suspended for a two-month period beginning 26 May 2013, to see if an editor central to the case will return to editing.