Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2008

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The Elections to the English Wikipedia's Arbitration Committee commenced on 10 November 2008 (candidate statements opened). Nominations were accepted from 10–24 November 2008. Voting opened on 1 December 2008. The newly elected Arbitrators will join both Tranches Beta and Gamma. Voting ran for two weeks (exactly fourteen days), and the results were determined and announced by Jimbo Wales on 20 December 2008. In announcing the new appointments, Jimbo decided to expand each Tranche by one seat. Additionally, an arbitrator who resigned during the election was not replaced. Therefore, after the election, ArbCom was composed of 17 members, ten of whom were newly elected.

Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2008/General Summary provides an at-a-glance overview of this year's Election.

Vacant seats[edit]

This year's Election was held to fill the following outgoing Arbitrators' seats:

  1. Jdforrester (talk · contribs · email) (James Forrester aka "James F.")
  2. YellowMonkey (talk · contribs · email) (previously Blnguyen)
  3. Charles Matthews (talk · contribs · email)
  4. Morven (talk · contribs · email)
  5. Paul August (talk · contribs · email)[1]
  6. UninvitedCompany (talk · contribs · email)[2]
  7. Jpgordon (talk · contribs · email)[3]

Additionally, Deskana (talk · contribs · email) resigned two years before his term would expire (statement); his seat was kept unfilled for the time being.


The agreed process being used this year is based around the following seven points.

  1. The Election opened formally on 10 November 2008. On this day, candidates were able to submit their candidate statements. Also, general questions (questions that are submitted once on a single page, and thereafter answered by every candidate in the election) will be accepted on this day.
  2. Candidate statements were accepted 10 November 2008 through 24 November 2008.
  3. General questions were accepted from 10 November 2008 through 17 November 2008.
  4. Individual questions can be asked of each candidate between 10 November 2008 and 1 December 2008. They can be asked on his or her "/Questions for the candidate" subpage, reachable through the respective candidate statement. (Please do not repeat questions that have already been generally asked.)
  5. Voting began at 00:00 UTC on 1 December 2008 and closed at 23:59 UTC on 14 December 2008. Votes cast after that time will be reverted.
  6. Voters had to have a registered account with at least 150 mainspace edits on or before 1 November 2008.


Final tallies of votes can be found at Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2008/Results.

On 20 December 2008, at 23:32 UTC, Jimbo Wales announced the results of the ArbCom elections.[4] As a change to this year's ArbCom, Jimbo decided to add one new position to each Tranche, thus expanding the size of the ArbCom to 18 members. He did this because, as he stated, "My exploration of the voting results tells me that this was an election for change...This was a key factor in my decision to expand the committee...As it stands, we have 10 of 18 seats filled with new members" Additionally, one standing Arbitrator, User:Deskana, resigned during the election. Rather than fill his seat in Tranche Alpha, Jimbo elected to leave it unfilled, and to hold an interim election in "at some point in 2009", likely "March or June or so". He stated that he expects the possibility of some additional retirements in the coming months, and would like to handle the replacements under a single election.

Additional ruminations by Jimbo on the operation of ArbCom, and on the 2008 ArbCom elections, can be found here.

Tranche Beta[edit]

The following were all appointed to 3-year terms in Tranche Beta, with terms expiring in December 2011:

Tranche Alpha[edit]

The following were all appointed to 2-year terms in Tranche Alpha, with terms expiring in December 2010:

Additionally, the seat recently vacated by Deskana in Tranche Alpha will be left unfilled, leaving 5 (instead of 6) members of Tranche Alpha for the time being.

Tranche Gamma[edit]

The following was appointed to a 1-year term in Tranche Gamma, with a term expiring in December 2009:

User:CorenUser:CorenUser:Stephen BainUser:FloNightUser:JpgordonUser:UninvitedCompanyUser:Paul AugustUser:Kirill LokshinUser:FlcelloguyUser:MackensenUser:Sam KornUser:JayjgUser:JayjgUser:Kelly MartinUser:Theresa knottUser:GruntUser:The EpoptUser:NohatUser:MyRedDiceUser:GutzaUser:ThryduulfUser:28bytesUser:FloquenbeamUser:LFaraoneUser:AGKUser:NativeForeignerUser:Roger DaviesUser:GorillaWarfareUser:SeraphimbladeUser:Kirill LokshinUser:SilkTorkUser:AGKUser:HersfoldUser:Roger DaviesUser:RiskerUser:CourcellesUser:Shell KinneyUser:JclemensUser:John VandenbergUser:Mailer diabloUser:Kirill LokshinUser:FritzpollUser:Steve SmithUser:John VandenbergUser:RlevseUser:Cool Hand LukeUser:Roger DaviesUser:RiskerUser:CasliberUser:Stephen BainUser:FloNightUser:YellowMonkeyUser:MorvenUser:Charles MatthewsUser:FiliochtUser:JdforresterUser:David GerardUser:MindspillageUser:FennecUser:CamembertUser:Maveric149User:DeliriumUser:Fred BauderUser:YunshuiUser:CourcellesUser:Doug WellerUser:EuryalusUser:Salvio giulianoUser:DeltaQuadUser:DGGUser:GuerilleroUser:BeeblebroxUser:CorenUser:CarcharothUser:David FuchsUser:Timotheus CanensUser:Salvio giulianoUser:Worm That TurnedUser:NuclearWarfareUser:NewyorkbradUser:JclemensUser:IridescentUser:Chase me ladies, I'm the CavalryUser:PhilKnightUser:David FuchsUser:XenoUser:Elen of the RoadsUser:CasliberUser:SirFozzieUser:NewyorkbradUser:Shell KinneyUser:KnightLagoUser:HersfoldUser:SirFozzieUser:WizardmanUser:CarcharothUser:VassyanaUser:DeskanaUser:Sam BlacketerUser:FayssalFUser:FT2User:NewyorkbradUser:NewyorkbradUser:MackensenUser:EssjayUser:Fred BauderUser:DmcdevitUser:SimonPUser:JdforresterUser:NeutralityUser:SannseUser:Raul654User:AmbiUser:JwrosenzweigUser:Raul654User:The CunctatorUser:UninvitedCompanyUser:JdforresterWikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2015Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2014Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2013Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2012Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2011Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2010Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2009Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2008Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2007Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2006Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections January 2006Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2004Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections July 2004Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2015Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee/History

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stephen Bain's (née thebainer) seat was originally supposed to expire this year. However, Jimbo Wales moved him to Paul's seat, effective January 2009; therefore, Stephen Bain will sit for 1 more year (Paul retired just over 1yr before he was due to end his Committee duty), and his previous seat will now be filled in this election—that seat having expired this year, and therefore giving the person appointed to it a full 3yr term.
  2. ^ UninvitedCompany stepped down 1 year before his seat originally would expire (statement).
  3. ^ Jpgordon is stepping down 1 year early (statement).
  4. ^ results anounced by Jimbo. In these results, Jimbo appears to inadvertantly have reversed the terms of Tranche Alpha and Gamma. The results here reflect the correct terminology.