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Wikipedia:Resolving disputes contains the official policy on dispute resolution for English Wikipedia. Arbitration is generally the last step for user conduct-related disputes that cannot be resolved through discussion on noticeboards or by asking the community its opinion on the matter.

This page is the central location for discussing the various requests for arbitration processes. Requesting that a case be taken up here isn't likely to help you, but editors active in the dispute resolution community should be able to assist.

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WP:COSMETICBOT update[edit]

I'm not really quite sure where to post this, but WP:COSMETICBOT has been updated per this RFC. This is just a courtesy notice to WP:ARBCOM in light of Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Magioladitis. I feel this should probably be logged somewhere (Wikipedia:Arbitration enforcement log?), but clerks/ARBCOM can handle that if it's needed. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 21:58, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

@Headbomb: Belated thanks for the update :) Come to think of it, I'm not sure if there's a typical mechanism for logging community actions following a case, but I'll take a look. Opabinia regalis (talk) 04:00, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
After asking around, it's not just me being forgetful; we apparently don't in fact generally log these. But we should! So I did, in the case enforcement log here. Opabinia regalis (talk) 04:25, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

@Opabinia regalis: Another update related to this case. Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard#Proposal to topic ban Magioladitis from COSMETICBOT-related discussions. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 04:17, 26 June 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the follow-up! I'm almost certain we have not logged future user restrictions that don't go through AE or ARCA. While I'm obviously interested in good follow-up data, I also don't want to unintentionally create a situation where user-conduct cases follow people around indefinitely as public lists of demerits. Will see what others think. Opabinia regalis (talk) 05:53, 26 June 2017 (UTC)

"Community encouraged" type remedies[edit]

Prompted by the above section, I did a quick scrape of cases from 2009 to 2017 with remedies involving "encouraging" (urging, advising, etc) editors to do some reasonably specific actionable task ("have an RfC" as opposed to "be more civil"), to see what the followup looks like for this type of case outcome. I'm probably missing a few remedies, but more importantly, I'm probably missing a few RfCs. Watchers, feel free to fill them in! Opabinia regalis (talk) 06:02, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

Case Year Remedy Result
Magioladitis 2017 Community encouraged to review common fixes Identifying cosmetic fixes (for WP:CHECKWIKI)
Magioladitis 2017 Community encouraged to review policy on cosmetic edits Cosmeticbot RfC
Magioladitis 2017 Bot approvals group encouraged to carefully review BRFA scope Creation of WP:BAGG
The Rambling Man 2016 Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/The Rambling Man#Community encouraged ???
Gamaliel and others 2016 Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Gamaliel and others#Community encouraged (BLP) (2) ???
Gamaliel and others 2016 Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Gamaliel and others#Community encouraged (April Fools Day) April Fool's RfC
Wikicology 2016 ???
Lightbreather 2015 Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Lightbreather#Community invited ???
Kww and The Rambling Man 2015 Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Kww and The Rambling Man#Community encouraged Edit filter RfC
GamerGate 2014 Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/GamerGate#Review of articles urged ???
Austrian economics 2014 Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Austrian economics#Editors urged to assist ???
Infoboxes 2013 Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Infoboxes#Community discussion recommended ???
TimidGuy ban appeal 2012 Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/TimidGuy ban appeal#RFC on the "Conflicts of Interest" guideline ???
Civility enforcement 2012 Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Civility enforcement#Community and administrator imposed restrictions ???
Tree shaping 2011 Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Tree shaping#Article and subject scope ???
Socionics 2009 Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Socionics#Review of articles ???
Cold fusion 2 2009 Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Cold fusion 2#Community discussion of topic-ban and page-ban procedure urged ???