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2018 Arbitration Committee Elections

Status as of 21:54 (UTC), Monday, 26 February 2024 (Purge)

  • Thank you for participating in the 2018 Arbitration Committee Elections. The results have been posted.
  • You are invited to leave feedback on the election process.

The sixteenth annual election for the English Wikipedia's Arbitration Committee took place in November and December 2018.

Election process[edit]

Before the election[edit]

  1. Election Request for Comment (from 00:00, 1 September until 23:59, September 30) → the pre-election RfC is to run for 30 days in September.
  2. Electoral Commission Request for Comment → the Electoral Commission is to be selected across three weeks in October:
    (i) 7-day self-nomination period (from Saturday 00:00, 6 October until Friday 23:59, 12 October) → open to users who: a) are at least 18 years old, b) satisfy the access to nonpublic personal data policy, and c) are otherwise eligible to vote.
    (ii) 7-day evaluation period (from Saturday 00:00, 13 October until Friday 23:59, 19 October) → in practice, community feedback is open throughout the self-nom period
    (iii) 7-day selection deadline (must be completed by Friday 00:00, 26 October)

Election timeline[edit]

  1. Self-nomination period (from Sunday 00:00, 4 November until Tuesday 23:59, 13 November, UTC) → interested editors are invited to submit a candidate statement. An editor is eligible to stand as a candidate who:
    (i) has a registered account and has made at least 500 mainspace edits before 1 November 2018,
    (ii) not subject to active blocks or site-bans,
    (iii) meets the Wikimedia Foundation's criteria for access to non-public data, is willing to sign the Foundation's non-public information confidentiality agreement, and
    (iv) has disclosed any previous or alternate accounts in their election statements (legitimate accounts which have been declared to the Arbitration Committee before the close of nominations do not need to be publicly disclosed).
  2. Voting period (from Tuesday 00:00, 20 November until Monday 23:59, 3 December, UTC) → eligible voters can vote on the candidates, using the SecurePoll system. An editor is eligible to vote who:
    (i) has registered an account before Sunday 00:00, 28 October 2018
    (ii) has made at least 150 mainspace edits before Thursday 00:00, 1 November 2018 and,
    (iii) is not blocked from the English Wikipedia at the time of their vote.
  3. Scrutineering period (immediately following the voting period) → scrutineers, consisting of stewards whose main wikis are not the English Wikipedia, will check the votes (e.g. for duplicate, missing, and ineligible votes), and compile a tally of the results. The instructions for scrutineers are outlined here.

Community notification[edit]

When voting starts, a mass message will be sent out to all eligible voters that have been active within the last 12 months. If this cannot be done within 72 hours of the voting starting, the election committee may elect to notify all eligible voters.


Following the voting period, the scrutineers examined the votes and released a tally of the results. The tally ranks candidates by their performance according to the criteria for success in this election, defined as the number of votes cast in support of the candidate divided by the total number of votes cast both for and against (commonly described as "support over support plus oppose" or "S/(S+O)"). "Neutral" preferences are not counted in this metric. A total of 2,209 ballots were cast (including duplicates) and 2,114 votes were determined to be valid.

Candidate Support Neutral[note 1] Oppose Net[note 2] Percentage[note 3] Result
Mkdw 763 1080 271 492 73.79% Two-year term
GorillaWarfare 1064 652 398 666 72.78% Two-year term
AGK 799 1012 303 496 72.50% Two-year term
SilkTork 733 1089 292 441 71.51% Two-year term
Joe Roe 803 987 324 479 71.25% Two-year term
Courcelles 788 992 334 454 70.23% Two-year term
DGG 866 866 382 484 69.39%
Drmies 846 855 413 433 67.20%
Kelapstick 568 1199 347 221 62.08%
Robert McClenon 709 931 474 235 59.93%
Lourdes 623 968 523 100 54.36%
Isarra 444 984 686 -242 39.29%
Fred Bauder 446 889 779 -333 36.41%
  1. ^ All voters were required to register a preference of either "Support", "Neutral", or "Oppose" for each candidate. The "Neutral" column is simply the total votes for which voters did not select the Support or Oppose option.
  2. ^ Net = Support − Oppose
  3. ^ Percentage = (Support / (Support + Oppose)) * 100 (rounded to 2 decimal places)
Certified by:
  1. Mardetanha (talk) 06:47, 14 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Linedwell [talk/@frwiki] 07:05, 14 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. --Alaa :)..! 08:18, 14 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vacant seats[edit]

For 2018, seven current arbitrators will remain on the committee. Two of the eight remaining seats (one of the seven seats from Tranche Alpha, as well as the vacant seat from Tranche Beta), will be eliminated, rather than refilled, thereby reducing the size of the committee from 15 to 13 members. This will leave six vacant seats to be filled in this election for either a two-year term (January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020), or a one-year term (January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019). Candidates will be appointed according to their percentage of support, as calculated by support/(support + oppose). There will be a neutral option; choosing this option will not affect the support percentage for the candidate, and will be treated as though you did not vote in the election with respect to that candidate.

The minimum percentage of support that is required is 60% for a two-year term, and 50% for a one-year term. Candidates who receive 60% support will be appointed to serve a full two-year term. If applicable, candidates who receive ≥50% support but fall below the 60% threshold will be appointed to serve a one-year term. In this event, the seat will be refilled by a one-year term in the next election. If any of the seven arbitrators with unexpired terms resign or otherwise leave the committee before the start of voting, the seat they vacate will be filled for a one-year term in this election. If there are more vacant seats than candidates with the required minimum support, those seats will remain vacant until the next election.

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The Arbitration Committee elections are organized entirely by community volunteers, independent of the Arbitration Committee itself. Before every election, an RfC is held so that the community may propose and implement any changes to the format of the election. Any rules or practices that were not specifically changed by the RfC are carried over from the previous election.

Ordinary editors who help run the day-to-day operations of the election are known as coordinators. Election coordinators have no special authority or abilities, but facilitate the smooth running of the election in any way that is needed. Editors interested in helping run the election can add their names here.

The three-member Electoral Commission is appointed by the community in a separate RfC before the election. Commissioners are responsible for addressing any unforeseen problems that may arise in the election process, and for adjudicating any disputes relating to the election. The Election Commission has the full mandate and authority to decisively settle any issues that arise, but members should intervene only when there is a problem that needs to be resolved, and discussion isn't working, the rules are unclear, or there isn't time for lengthy discussion. In addition, while the Electoral Commission itself is not inherently responsible for logistics of the election, Commissioners should ensure that preparations for the election move forward in a timely fashion. As such, Commissioners are de facto coordinators and usually have an active role in running the election.

The following editors are the members of this year's Electoral Commission:

The Electoral Commission can be contacted at Wikipedia talk:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2018/Coordination (WT:COORD18).

The last group of volunteers are the scrutineers. Three scrutineers are drawn from Stewards who primarily work at other projects. Scrutineers are responsible for providing oversight for the voting process itself. Scrutineers' responsibilities include guarding against abuse and technical errors, ensuring that valid votes are counted while invalid ones are discarded, and confirming that the final tally of votes is correct and certifying the official results. Scrutineers work behind the scenes and are not otherwise involved in coordinating the more minor areas of the election. The Electoral Commission is the liaison between the scrutineers and the rest of the community.


For candidates[edit]

Nominations for candidates will open at 00:00 UTC, 4 November and will close at 23:59 UTC, 13 November. During this time, any editor in good standing who meets the criteria stated in the "Timeline" section above may nominate themselves by following the instructions to create a candidate statement on the candidates page. Once a candidate has made their statement, they may proceed to answer individual questions as they wish (see the questions page for details and instructions). Candidates may continue to answer questions until the end of the voting period (23:59 UTC, 3 December).

For voters[edit]

Once candidates have nominated themselves, voters are invited to review and discuss them. Voters may ask questions throughout the election.

To facilitate their discussions and judgements, voters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the candidates. This can be done through reading the candidate statements, the answers to the questions put to each candidate (linked from their candidate statements), and the discussion of each candidate (a centralized collection of which will be made available at the discussion page). In addition, a summary guide to candidates will be made available, and augmented by a set of personal guides by individual voters.

Voting will run for 14 days, from 00:00 UTC, 19 November to 23:59 UTC, 3 December. The process will be conducted using the SecurePoll extension which ensures that individual voters' decisions will not be publicly viewable (although technical information about voters, such as their IP address and user-agents, will be visible to the WMF-identified election administrators and scrutineers).

Voters will be invited to choose one of three options for each candidate: "Support", "Oppose" or "Neutral"; and the number of "Support", "Oppose" or "Neutral" preferences a voter can express is otherwise limited only by the number of candidates. After voters have entered their choices for all of the candidates and submitted their votes, they may revisit and change their decisions, but attempting to do so will require expressing preferences for all candidates from scratch. Because of the risk of server lag, voters are advised to cast their vote at the latest an hour before the close of voting to ensure their vote will be counted.