Wikipedia talk:Arbitration Committee

Page contents not supported in other languages.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Is there a reason for multiple entries on WP:CTOP?[edit]

At the list of contentious topics, there are multiple entries on the same topic, including:

  1. Armenia, Azerbaijan, or related conflicts
  2. post-1992 politics of the United States
  3. the English Wikipedia article titles policy and Manual of Style
  4. gender-related disputes
  5. post-1978 Iranian politics

Many of the "Decision linked to" and "Topic specific subpage" column links go to the same locations as well. Would it be more appropriate to update the "Use" column with multiple templates (e.g. {Contentious topics|topic=X}, {Contentious topics|topic=xy}, {Contentious topics|topic=xyz})? WMrapids (talk) 15:39, 4 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

When I looked at this a few months ago, I think it mostly just requires someone adjusting the module to have the idea of synonym keywords. Izno (talk) 03:46, 5 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Scope of ECR restrictions in I/P area[edit]

How do we determine if an article falls under ECR restrictions in the I/P area? I have Jonathan Freedland specifically in mind, given recent IP edits. Coretheapple (talk) 16:23, 6 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

I'm interested in this question too (in addition to the question, what exactly is the "topic area", but that is another story). To me, those particular edits are unambiguously within scope of the ARBPIA restrictions. I routinely revert edits like this with an edit summary along the lines of "This is not an edit request. Editors must be extended-confirmed to edit or discuss this topic except for making edit requests. Edit requests most likely to succeed are those that are 'Specific, Uncontroversial, Necessary, Sensible' per WP:EDITXY." And I do this regardless of whether someone has placed a {{ArbCom Arab-Israeli enforcement|relatedcontent=yes}} template on the talk page. Then I add a template if it is absent. It would not make sense that the first non-extendedconfirmed person to add content within scope of ARBPIA is immune from the restrictions if the template is not there. Perhaps this is not the correct approach.
Another interesting question is "how often is the template not there" for things within the topic area, and the answer seems to be quite often. I have been looking at this out of curiosity and adding templates. Right now, I'm looking at protections and templates for everything in Category:Israel–Hamas war and all of its subcategories as a test set. Since it is an ongoing event, it is in relatively good shape, although the protections and templating are patchy. This graph gives you a general idea for everything in Category:Israel–Hamas war. Squares=categories, diamonds=articles, circles=talk pages, red=not EC protected, blue=EC protected, yellow=no ARBPIA template. Sean.hoyland (talk) 17:05, 6 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
One area that I would like to see clarified is whether ordinary editors like moi can simply add the talk page template noted above. I imagine such templates can be subject to abuse if added inappropriately. Coretheapple (talk) 16:04, 7 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
You can add, only uninvolved admins can remove apparently.
The current rules
I haven't looked at this but I'm guessing that there may be a significant mismatch between {{ArbCom Arab-Israeli enforcement}} and {{ArbCom Arab-Israeli editnotice}} deployment because there are differences in the user permissions requirements. To add an editnotice requires page mover permissions or something like that, I forget.
Sean.hoyland (talk) 02:46, 8 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Helpful. Thank you. Coretheapple (talk) 14:41, 8 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Another question (which I'm sure has been answered I guess) is contributions to RSN and user talk pages. I noticed a non-EC user weighing in at RSN but wanted to check first. A centralized FAQ might not be a bad idea. Coretheapple (talk) 16:17, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    The only engagement with the topic that is allowed anywhere on en-wiki is edit requests on article talk pages. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 16:21, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    OK, thanks for that clarity on this. Coretheapple (talk) 16:42, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]


Is ARBCOM the appropriate place to report mass canvassing that had been occurring on and off WP, and which the community hasn't been able to resolve? The idea is to describe a problem and request/propose amendments to current WP:ARBPIA guidelines. Makeandtoss (talk) 16:08, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Sean.hoyland: Makeandtoss (talk) 18:07, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Makeandtoss If this involves significant offwiki/private evidence, it might be a good idea to email us. Moneytrees🏝️(Talk) 18:09, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Moneytrees: @Firefly: Significant would be an understatement and it is not so private: [1], within hours of the posting of this Reddit thread, the concerned talk page discussion was suddenly flooded with opposing votes [2], including from two zombie accounts.
This is part of an ongoing trend since October 2023, in which at least half a dozen editors with pro-Israel viewpoints were topic banned or banned for mass canvassing through user emails, sockpupptery and/or meatpuppetry (and also part of a wider trend since 2011 that involved hundreds of users who were also banned for similar disruptive behavior). Notably one of the editors mentioned in the motion has contributed in the the talk page discussion without any meaningful argument or policy citing. There is a consistent, systematic and severe disruption of Wikipedia and its processes that is seriously damaging its reliability, and this is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed ASAP; because clearly the traditional solutions are being circumvented. Makeandtoss (talk) 18:46, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Yes it's a lot of the same suspects and MO from the PIA Canvassing case.
I also have concerns regarding active sockpuppetry which I've been meaning to go to AE about.
I'm unfamiliar with how ArbCom and ArbCom cases work but perhaps the committee should consider a case reviewing the entire topic area regarding pro-Israel POV pushing, involving canvassing, sockpuppetry and excessive battleground/tendentious editing.
- IOHANNVSVERVS (talk) 18:55, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I'll add that I've had some concerns myself regarding possible canvassing; at this requested move most notably. Not sure what Makeandtoss has in mind but my concerns are regarding canvassing along the lines of (or possibly a continuation of) the recent Arbcom case PIA Canvassing. IOHANNVSVERVS (talk) 18:28, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Assuming there is private evidence involved, which I believe there would be given the description of "canvassing [...] occurring on and off WP", please send said evidence to (or use Special:EmailUser/Arbitration Committee if you prefer). firefly ( t · c ) 18:31, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
The only evidence I have for my concerns is public/on-wiki. I can briefly elaborate here on the concerning elements I've indentified if desired/appropriate. IOHANNVSVERVS (talk) 18:40, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@IOHANNVSVERVS if the evidence you have is entirely on-wiki then ANI is the best place for it. firefly ( t · c ) 18:46, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Yikes. Apparently, I'm not as observant as Makeandtoss. I hadn't noticed the apparent canvassing. I thought maybe Mila (Mbz1) had come back to visit judging from an uptick in aggressive editing by editors who have recently acquired EC privileges. Sean.hoyland (talk) 01:33, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

If a certain case had gone ahead, I had proposed "being polite is not enough" as a principle for said case. I still think it should be a principle that can be applied in cases where it is relevant, and have expanded on the subject at the above link. It's in project space, expansion/tweaking is welcome. Just Step Sideways from this world ..... today 22:55, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

About contentious topics, especially ARBPIA[edit]

Just asking how to appeal a contentious topic, because the restrictions are going too far from "anyone can edit" principle of the pedia. There was once the thread I initiated on why AfDs are ECPed; it got an answer and was archived. I want to request amendment on reducing this restriction, because literally every article gets extended confirmed on sight, even templates, even categories and project pages (!!). This is particular to the Arab Israeli conflict, and even an April Fools Day deletion of Israel was deleted stating that it was part of the restriction. This should be encouraged to be stopped, I do not want to form a democracy, but as I said, restrictions are going beyond the limits. Toadette (Let's talk together!) 13:36, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Are you active in the ARBPIA topic area? Are you familiar with the history and dynamics of the topic area, the level of deception/sockpuppetry, the culture of biased editing/POV pushing, the canvassing, the infiltration by staff from partisan organizations etc.?
The statement "literally every article gets extended confirmed on sight, even templates, even categories and project pages" is inaccurate.
The topic area is largely unprotected, or rather it is protected by people rather than the database server.
  • If you pick a category, any category, in the topic area and traverse the network of connections examining every subcategory, article, template etc. the graphs look something like this, with the majority of articles etc. unprotected (not blue). Squares=categories, diamonds=articles, circles=talk pages, red=not EC protected, blue=EC protected, yellow=no ARBPIA template. That's a graph starting at the category Israeli Settlement limited to just a few steps from the root category.
I would argue that protection in the topic area needs to be enhanced.
Opening the topic area up is the wrong way to go in my view. Sean.hoyland (talk) 15:29, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
And, non-extendedconfirmed users can make edit requests as the {{ArbCom Arab-Israeli enforcement}} talk page template explains. Straightforward, sensible requests are handled. Sean.hoyland (talk) 15:52, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
The place to request amendments to an Arbitration decision (including the rescinding of a CT designation) is Requests for (Arbitration) clarification and amendment. firefly ( t · c ) 15:49, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
The April fools Israel AfD was unfunny and in poor taste and was created by a globally banned sock, so I think the G5 deletion was proper and is a great example of why these restrictions exist. Moneytrees🏝️(Talk) 16:38, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]