Election season begins again
On 8 November, the nomination period has begun for this year's Arbitration Committee Elections. Nominations will be accepted until 23:59 UTC, 17 November.
By the end of the year, the two-year terms of seven arbitrators will end: GorillaWarfare, Seraphimblade, Roger Davies, AGK, NativeForeigner, and LFaraone, while Thryduulf's one-year term will end. But in an unexpected announcement, Yunshui, another one-year arbitrator, has resigned from the committee and retired from Wikipedia. Posted on their talk page:
||A combination of real-life events have put me out of Wikipedia-action for several weeks now. I don't see my activity going back up any time soon, and in any case, this time off has made me realise that, frankly, I just find this place depressing at the moment. Probably just burnout from being exposed to ArbCom and its attendant dramas over the last year, but whatever the reason, right now Wikipedia isn't something I feel very motivated by. I'm therefore hanging up my Edit tab and bowing out. Maybe six months down the line I'll start to remember the good times a bit more and re-appear; that doesn't seem likely right now, however.
Thanks to all the wonderful folk I've encountered and collaborated with over the years; despite my current attitude, it has most definitely been fun. I shall always be proud to have been a part of this project, and to have met and worked with you all. May your names never be mentioned at ANI, and may all of your articles become Featured!
I hereby resign my role with ArbCom; conveniently there's an election coming up so my seat won't be vacant for too long.
This is not the only arbitrator to be leaving their seat early. Euryalus posted on their talk page back in September their plans to retire a year early. Because of the shakeups, this means there will be nine vacant seats in this year's election. If you're interested in putting your hat into the ring, you can go here to become a candidate. Best of luck to anyone running.
While the election for new Arbitrators is going on, a new case has been accepted on 10 November. The Neelix case was opened after a thread titled "Thousands upon thousands of unnecessary redirects" was made at WP:AN/I on 5 November, where an IP address pointed out how Administrator Neelix was creating unnecessary redirects. These redirects have been deleted but they included "Constructed titty", "Constructions of the booby", "Feminine shape", "Feminine build", and hundreds more redirects with the similar motif. The thread closed mentioning that Neelix was blocked back in 2010 for making redirects similar to this incident. He was unblocked four hours later and apologized for what he did. He became an admin the following year. An Arbitration Motion was made to have him desysoped but was decided to be made into a case. Neelix has since given up his administrator status. Because of his resignation, the case was closed on 13 November. Neelix has also been topic banned by the community from making redirects for one year.
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