Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2015

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2015 Arbitration Committee Elections


  • The December 2015 Arbitration Committee Election results have been posted.
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The thirteenth annual election for the English Wikipedia's Arbitration Committee took place in November and December 2015. This election, by practice on Wikimedia projects, was organized by community volunteers, independent of the Arbitration Committee itself.

Election process edit

Timeline edit

  1. Nomination period (from Sunday 00:00, 8 November until Tuesday 23:59, 17 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 2015,
    (ii) is in good standing and 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 Monday 00:00, 23 November until Sunday 23:59, 6 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 Wednesday 00:00, 28 October 2015
    (ii) has made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday 00:00, 1 November 2015 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.

Results edit

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 2846 ballots were cast (including duplicates) and 2674 votes were determined to be valid.

Candidate Support Neutral[note 1] Oppose Net[note 2] Percentage [note 3] Result
Casliber (talk · contribs) 1118 1249 307 811 78.46% Two-year term
Opabinia regalis (talk · contribs) 1121 1164 389 732 74.24% Two-year term
Keilana (talk · contribs) 1118 1149 407 711 73.31% Two-year term
Drmies (talk · contribs) 1038 1197 439 599 70.28% Two-year term
Callanecc (talk · contribs) 848 1429 397 451 68.11% Two-year term
Kelapstick (talk · contribs) 738 1562 374 364 66.37% Two-year term
GorillaWarfare (talk · contribs) 1111 987 576 535 65.86% Two-year term
Kirill Lokshin (talk · contribs) 965 1196 513 452 65.29% Two-year term
Gamaliel (talk · contribs) 902 1219 553 349 61.99% One-year term
Thryduulf (talk · contribs) 764 1395 515 249 59.73%
LFaraone (talk · contribs) 657 1505 512 145 56.20%
Hawkeye7 (talk · contribs) 783 1268 623 160 55.69%
Kudpung (talk · contribs) 692 1373 609 83 53.19%
Rich Farmbrough (talk · contribs) 822 1125 727 95 53.07%
Kevin Gorman (talk · contribs) 663 1289 722 −59 47.87%
Timtrent (talk · contribs) (withdrawn) 385 1855 434 −49 47.01%
NE Ent (talk · contribs) 553 1446 675 −122 45.03%
Hullaballoo Wolfowitz (talk · contribs) 588 1320 766 −178 43.43%
MarkBernstein (talk · contribs) 582 1242 850 −268 40.64%
Wildthing61476 (talk · contribs) 403 1599 672 −269 37.49%
Mahensingha (talk · contribs) 349 1428 897 −548 28.01%
  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)

Results certified by
  1. einsbor talk 19:38, 9 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Mardetanha talk 19:39, 9 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Shanmugamp7 (talk) 23:53, 9 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Vacant seats edit

For 2015, six current arbitrators will remain on the committee. The committee will continue to have 15 seats, leaving eight vacant seats with two-year terms and one vacant seat with a one-year term to be filled in this election. In the event that any of the six arbitrators with unexpired terms resign or otherwise leave the committee before the start of voting on 23 November, the seat they vacate will be filled, and will be for a one-year term. Seats will be filled based on support percentage, as calculated by  . There will be an 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 support percentage is 50%. If there are more vacancies than candidates with 50% support, those seats will remain vacant.

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Guides edit

For candidates edit

Nominations for candidates will open at 00:00 UTC, 8 November and will close at 23:59 UTC, 17 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, 6 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 familiarise 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 centralised 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, 23 November to 23:59 UTC, 6 December. The process will be conducted using the SecurePoll extension which ensures that individual voter's 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.