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Clarification request: Eastern Europe and Balkans discretionary sanctions scope

Initiated by RGloucester at 16:07, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

Case or decision affected
Eastern Europe

List of any users involved or directly affected, and confirmation that all are aware of the request:

Statement by RGloucester

This is a matter of housekeeping, and I hope that the honourable members of the Arbitration Committee can assist me by providing some clarification. Recently, I filed a request for arbitration enforcement relating to the article "Origin of the Romanians". In making preparations to file that request, I came across the strange situation whereby I knew discretionary sanctions applied to the relevant article, but I was not sure which of the two related and existing discretionary regimes was most appropriate to use. I expect that's somewhat confusing, so let me explain a bit further.

There are discretionary sanctions regimes in place for articles related to Eastern Europe, and for the Balkans. Unfortunately, the definitions of both 'Eastern Europe' and 'the Balkans' are ambiguous and potentially overlapping. This produced a strange result whereby the relevant editor had originally been notified of the Eastern Europe regime, but was later notified of the Balkans regime in relation to his edits of the same article. In any case, this ambiguity is really not desirable for discretionary sanctions. The definition of 'Eastern Europe' specifically has actually been a matter of substantial dispute on Wikipedia before. One can easily imagine a situation whereby one could 'wikilawyer' about the validity of a notification of the existence of one of the regimes, in an effort to avoid sanctions. I wonder if the the Arbitration Committee can do one of two things: either clearly define the scope of each regime, or merge the two. This way, administrators enforcing sanctions and editors seeking their enforcement will not have to grapple with the ambiguities inherent in the terms 'Eastern Europe' and 'the Balkans', and will be able to avoid a bureaucratic nightmare. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this matter.

@AGK: In response to your question, I endorse the analysis by Thryduulf. RGloucester 20:31, 23 January 2019 (UTC)
@Power~enwiki: Romania is considered part of the Balkans and Eastern Europe in most definitions of both terms. The use of "broadly construed" means that there is no doubt that Romanian-related topics are presently under sanctions. RGloucester 20:31, 23 January 2019 (UTC)
@EdJohnston: I respect your judgement. Here's the problem I foresee. In the specific case of Iovaniorgovan, he was notified of ARBEE sanctions almost as soon as he started editing here. When his participation in the debate at Origin of the Romanians became increasingly problematic, an administrator DeltaQuad (talk · contribs) notified him of the Balkans sanctions, seemingly unaware of the previous alert, or otherwise disagreeing with the scope of the alert applied, therefore delaying the enactment of sanctions on Iovaniorgovan, and causing other long-term editors to be swept up in his messes. In addition, we now have a strange situation where the page-level restriction that was applied at Origin of the Romanians was logged under the Balkans case log, but the topic bans on Iovaniorgovan and Cealicuca are logged under ARBEE. It's simply a bureaucratic mess, and it should be cleaned up. No one should have to roll the dice to decide which of these regimes to apply in a given case, and logging should make coherent sense, not be scattered all over the place. These sorts of messes make it harder for editors understand DS, and indeed, harder for them to participate in DS areas, for fear of falling into a Kafka-esque trap. We owe it to our editors to have a rationalised system of enforcement. That's why I'm asking for clarification. RGloucester 22:25, 23 January 2019 (UTC)
As a further example for Mr Johnston, here is a hypothetical. Let's say that someone was editing a Romania-related article, like Origin of the Romanians, and received an ARBEE alert. They then go on to make substantial and problematic edits to articles about the Yugoslav Wars. Would that ARBEE alert still be valid, or would a new Balkans alert be required? These sorts of grey areas...are really not desirable in a DS regime. RGloucester 00:14, 24 January 2019 (UTC)
  • I'd like to thank the honourable members of the Arbitration Committee for taking up this matter. In response to Future Perfect at Sunrise, whom I greatly respect as an administrator, I'd like to say that your approach is indeed the best one. However, because the nature of the DS scopes implemented by the cases does not align with the specific disputes that brought on the cases, such a methodology is difficult to implement in practice. In as much as the scope of the sanctions is not "conflicts that – directly or indirectly – stem from the breakup of the Ottoman Empire and the mix of nationalities that was left behind", but "anything related to the Balkans, broadly construed", &c., grey areas quickly become apparent. I presume that the intent behind the broader scope of the sanctions, relative to the locus of the disputes that brought about the cases, was that the disputes that occurred provided evidence to suggest further disputes in the broader topic area were likely, and that it would be best to implement broader sanctions as a preventative measure. Whether that was a correct course of action is not for me to decide, but I will say that, in particular, the existence of the ARBEE sanctions was of a great help in controlling the outbreaks of disruptive editing that occurred at the time of the Ukrainian crisis of 2014...despite the original case not having had anything to do with that topic. In any case, I would advise the Committee to be more careful in its crafting of DS scopes in future, making clear whether it intends to limit such scopes to the locus of the dispute that occurred, or apply sanctions to a broader topic area as a preventative measure. RGloucester 18:21, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
  • @AGK: I understand what your motion is trying to do, but I think you need to clarify the logging procedure. Will the logs be unified, or kept separate? RGloucester 17:51, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
@AGK: I find your proposed change more undesirable than even the present mess, in line with what was said by Mr Rob. As for why, it will do nothing to solve the problem about when to apply each regime, will do nothing to sort out the scattered logging procedures that I described above, and will in fact only make this whole business MORE confusing. The goal of a merger was to eliminate questions about which regime to apply in areas of geographical overlap, like Romania, as demonstrated by Thryduulf below, and also to centralise logging so as to avoid the situation of having multiple sanctions related to one particular article logged under different regimes. Your proposal will leave parallel bureaucracies in place, seemingly for no purpose, and leave behind a mess for others to sort through. The idea that updating templates, &c., is too much work is very sad. ArbCom established sanctions, and has a responsibility to the community to maintain those sanctions in a rational way. If you need my help cleaning up templates, I can offer it, as I have experience in that area. In any case, I support Mr Rob's motion as the most sensible approach. The other alternative I can forsee would be to clarify the scopes of the two cases to make them easier to differentiate, but the merger seems to have more support, and is easier to implement. RGloucester 16:45, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by power~enwiki

I recommend the committee make a motion of clarification here. The articles on Eastern Europe and Balkans are both unclear to whether Romania is part of the region. Neither of the disputes leading to discretionary sanctions particularly apply to Romania; the Balkans dispute primarily involved Bulgaria, Greece and the former Yugoslavia. The Eastern Europe dispute primarily involved Poland, Russia, and the Baltic States; the more recent crisis in the Ukraine has also fallen under those sanctions.

I'm not certain that Romania falls under any Discretionary Sanctions at this time. An explicit list of countries affected (rather than a region name) may be necessary. power~enwiki (π, ν) 19:28, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

Statement by Thryduulf (re: Eastern Europe/The Balkans)

Looking at our articles about Eastern Europe and the Balkans, there is indeed overlap between them. Taking a reasonably (but not excessively) broad interpretation some or all of the following countries are included (sometimes depending on context):

Country Eastern Europe Balkans
Albania Yes Yes
Belarus Yes No
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes1 Yes
Bulgaria Yes Yes2
Croatia Yes Yes3
Czechia Yes4 No
East Germany Yes5 No
Estonia Yes6 No
Greece Yes1, 7 Yes8
Hungary Yes4 No
Kosovo Yes1 Yes
Latvia Yes6 No
Lithuania Yes6 No
Macedonia Yes1 Yes
Moldova Yes No9
Montenegro Yes1 Yes
Poland Yes No
Romania Yes Yes3
Russia Yes10 No
Serbia Yes1 Yes
Slovakia Yes4 No
Slovenia Yes Yes3
Turkey No Yes2, 10
Ukraine Yes No


  1. Geographically (sometimes) South Eastern Europe if this is distinguished
  2. Usually only in geographical contexts
  3. Only in (some) political contexts
  4. Geographically usually Central Europe when this is distinguished, Eastern Europe when it isn't
  5. Prior to reunification only
  6. Only in Soviet/Cold War contexts
  7. Only in religious contexts
  8. Only the mainland in geographic contexts; included in only a few political contexts (most notably Macedonia naming dispute)
  9. Very occasionally included in political contexts, but should not be for discretionary sanctions purposes
  10. Only the European part

Based on this, Eastern Europe (when South Eastern Europe is not distinguished separately) is a near complete superset of the Balkans, so merging these into a single authorisation of "Eastern Europe including the Balkans and the Macedonia naming dispute." would resolve all the issues the OP raises. No actual restrictions would be altered, only the case they are logged under would change. Possibly those who are formally aware of only one scope would need to be informed they are now formally aware of the newly combined scope, but not definitely and this would only be a one-time thing. Thryduulf (talk) 20:01, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

  • I agree completely with RGloucester - either the scope of both restrictions should be clarified so there is no overlap, or the restrictions should be merged into one (and Rob's proposal is a sensible way to achieve this). AGK's proposal is the worst of both worlds as it increases the bureaucracy and makes the confusion worse: at present there is no ambiguity that sanctions related to Poland should be logged under the EE case, if this proposal were to pass then there would be as sanctions could be placed under either or both cases; all the while it would not resolve the existing ambiguity over issues related to e.g. Romania. Thryduulf (talk) 17:06, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by EdJohnston

Agree with the views of User:AGK. There is little upside to modifying the existing sanctions, and a possible downside. Even the present request doesn't give a persuasive reason why a change is required. In the recent AE about Origin of the Romanians nobody made the argument that the topic wasn't covered under WP:ARBEE. Even if ARBEE and ARBMAC do overlap, it's hard to see that as a problem.

Many of the existing DS are about nationalism. In the ideal case, we would have some kind of universal sanction that could be applied to nationalist editing anywhere in the world. EdJohnston (talk) 21:15, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

Statement by Fut.Perf

Speaking as somebody who has helped enforcing both sets of sanctions numerous times, I think there's rarely be much of a problem in determining which rule to apply, even if they overlap. For me, the crux of the matter is really not a mechanistic application of what country counts as belonging to what continental region. Those are pretty arbitrary attributions, and to take just one example, you will rarely find Greece described as belonging to "Eastern Europe", even though obviously its geographical longitude is well within the range of other countries that are. What matters is really more the nature of the underlying political struggles motivating the disruption we find on Wikipedia. Speaking broadly, "Eastern Europe" sanctions have mostly been invoked dealing with ethnic/national conflicts that broke up – directly or indirectly – in the wake of WWII, the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, or the collapse of the Soviet Union. The "Balkans" sanctions have been invoked dealing with conflicts that – directly or indirectly – stem from the breakup of the Ottoman Empire and the mix of nationalities that was left behind. I'd personally be opposed to merging the two sanction rules. It shouldn't really matter in practice, if it wasn't for the practice of some admin colleagues (unnecessary and not really advisable, in my view, but still common) to hand out sanctions whose scope is always automatically identical with the entire set of topics covered by the DS regime. For instance, instead of topic-banning somebody from Serbian-Croatian conflicts, which might be entirely sufficient in an individual case, they always automatically reach for a topic ban from all Balkan topics, because that's what the DS rule applies to. I'd find it regrettable if these colleagues were to take a merger of the two DS rules as indicating that in the future all such sanctions should be handed out straight for "all of Eastern and Southeastern Europe", which would almost certainly be overreaching in most cases. Fut.Perf. 12:23, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by {other-editor}

Other editors are free to make relevant comments on this request as necessary. Comments here should opine whether and how the Committee should clarify or amend the decision or provide additional information.

Eastern Europe and Balkans discretionary sanctions scope: Clerk notes

This area is used for notes by the clerks (including clerk recusals).

Eastern Europe and Balkans discretionary sanctions scope: Arbitrator views and discussion

  • On an initial review, discretionary sanctions in Macedonia pertain to the Balkans region, which is the Southeastern Europe peninsula. Treating the Balkans as part of Eastern Europe seems to be a stretch. Are you sure that the two overlap? The article seems to be a bad test case: it relates to the distant origin of a people, which involves by its nature a broad range of geography. While awaiting comment, I'll say generally that I need to be convinced of good reason for changing any discretionary sanctions remedy. The changes can themselves cause short-term dispute and confusion, and defaulting to no change is a sensible practice. AGK ■ 17:28, 23 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Special thanks indeed to Thryduulf for sharing a useful, methodical assessment of the area. To move us towards a conclusion (one way or the other), I will draft a motion shortly. AGK ■ 11:06, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Re. logging and RGloucester: I have proposed amending each case separately, without a disruptive "merger". In practice enforcement requests are always made in the context of a single arbitration remedy – ignoring all others – and so having two with the same scope will have no effect. At the same time, it avoids the need to update a bunch of notices, insist that existing sanctions are still in effect, and change how daily enforcement is carried out. AGK ■ 18:11, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Per Thryduulf's assessment, merging the two DS areas into something like "Eastern and Southeastern Europe" sounds like it would make enforcement a bit easier. But that does highlight their extremely broad scope: the history, society, geography, etc. of half a continent. Both motions seem to have been based on the actions of a handful of editors and the Balkans case is now over a decade old. Perhaps it's time to consider rescinding or refining these. – Joe (talk) 21:03, 23 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Merging the two makes sense to me as it doesn't increase the scope of the two DS simply puts them together for convenience and clarity. And it would be helpful to include a list of the countries involved. I am comfortable leaving the DS in place as it does not restrict editing, but is there to be used in case of future problems, and there may well be future problems. SilkTork (talk) 09:55, 24 January 2019 (UTC)
  • I think merging the two as SilkTork said would make sense for clarity sake. RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:02, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Thank you Thryduulf for your extremely useful table. GorillaWarfare (talk) 20:09, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
    • Yes, thank you. I want to note that it was extremely helpful in parsing this situation. ~ Rob13Talk 04:24, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

Motions: Eastern Europe and Balkans scope

For this motion there are 10 active arbitrators, not counting 3 who are inactive, so 6 support or oppose votes are a majority.

(1) Proposed:

At Amendment II in Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe is replaced as text by Eastern Europe or the Balkans.
  1. Proposed. I take Fut.Perf's point, but this topic has been trying for the Wikipedia community. On balance, I am content with drawing the lines slightly more broadly than may be required in every case. AGK ■ 10:30, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
  1. ~ Rob13Talk 17:16, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  2. RickinBaltimore (talk) 14:02, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
  3. Prefer option 3. GorillaWarfare (talk) 20:06, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Appeals or sanctions under the EE case should continue to be logged as Eastern Europe. The scope of other cases or authorised discretionary sanctions has no effect. AGK ■ 18:09, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

(2) Proposed:

At Remedy 3 in Macedonia, the Balkans is replaced as text by Eastern Europe or the Balkans.
  1. Proposed. AGK ■ 10:30, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
  1. ~ Rob13Talk 17:16, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  2. RickinBaltimore (talk) 14:02, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
  3. Prefer option 3. GorillaWarfare (talk) 20:06, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
  • And here, appeals or sanctions under the EE case should continue to be logged as Macedonia. The scope of other cases or authorised discretionary sanctions has no effect. AGK ■ 18:09, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

(3) Proposed:

At Amendment II in Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe is replaced as text by Eastern Europe or the Balkans. Remedy 3 in Macedonia is superseded by this amendment.
  1. ~ Rob13Talk 17:16, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  2. This seems like the neater solution. – Joe (talk) 13:53, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
  3. This overall seems to be the way to go. RickinBaltimore (talk) 14:02, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
  4. I prefer this. It's a bit more effort to deal with the existing notices, but should make things simpler going forward. GorillaWarfare (talk) 20:06, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
  1. I explained in the arb discussion section why this is undesirable. AGK ■ 07:34, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Proposing as an alternative to 1/2 without comment on whether we should do this at all, to avoid the odd situation of authorizing the exact same discretionary sanctions in two different cases. That just seems like a mess waiting to be cleaned up when some future Committee changes the sanctions in one place but forgets about the other. I hope to be able to look at this situation and actually support or oppose in the near future rather than maintaining my current inactivity on the matter. ~ Rob13Talk 04:17, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
    • I've placed my votes after a review of the situation. This seems to be an improvement to me, reducing the overlap while not "losing" anything. Whether the DS should be removed entirely seems to be a separate question, and one best answered after we know how these DS operate when enacted in a less confusing manner. As a point of clarification on awareness, note that editors who were "aware" of the Balkans discretionary sanctions will need to be made aware of the Eastern Europe and Balkans sanctions before they can be subject to DS. This is a small hiccup, but it actually is rather sensible, since Eastern Europe and the Balkans is a superset of the Balkans. I consider it a happy accident that this merger would likely result in editors being made aware of the sanctions active in the broader topic area they're editing. ~ Rob13Talk 17:22, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Amendment request: Motion: discretionary sanctions housekeeping

Initiated by Imalbornoz at 00:47, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Case or decision affected
Motion: discretionary sanctions housekeeping (specifically, regarding the Gibraltar case)
Clauses to which an amendment is requested
  1. 6. Remedy 10 of the Gibraltar case is rescinded

List of any users involved or directly affected, and confirmation that all are aware of the request
Confirmation that all parties are aware of the request
Information about amendment request

Statement by Imalbornoz

Point #8 of the decision: “In the event that disruptive editing resumes in any of these topic-areas, a request to consider reinstating discretionary sanctions in that topic-area may be made on the clarifications and amendments page.”

Since November 2018 there has been disruptive editing from the users involved in the Gibraltar case:

  • Systematic tendentious editing from User:Wee Curry Monster [content reverted per WP:OUTING].
  • User:Kahastok ([content reverted per WP:OUTING], and who is mentioned in WCM’s user page as his “mentor”) has also edited tendentiously in several occasions and supported WCM’s edits.
  • I have edit warred (within 3RR) and lost assumption of good faith.
  • We have discussed for >2 months, covering the Gibraltar talk page with walls of text and probably scaring away uninvolved editors.

The focus of discussion: During Gibraltar’s capture in 1704 there were very notorious (at the time) events of rapes, plundering and defilement of Catholic churches;[1] after the surrender the population was only allowed to stay if they changed their allegiance to the invaders’ faction; 98% of the 4,000 Spanish population fled, most of them forever, and settled up mainly in the rest of the Gibraltar municipality, which would later become “Campo de Gibraltar”; they took with them the city council files, historical symbols, etc. and kept the legacy of Spanish Gibraltar.[2] These are facts mentioned by all relevant sources. They have been used by Spanish nationalists to support their irredentist claims (in the UN’s committee for decolonization, for example), and aren’t comfortable for British nationalists (none of which should affect Wikipedia). WCM, with Kahasok’s help, has been removing these facts from Gibraltar articles.

Antecedents (notice repetitive behavior):

  1. There was a 2 years discussion about the exodus of Gibraltarians, resulting in sanctions.
  2. During the 1.5 years of the restrictions, less involved editors copyedited the Gibraltar related articles and their edits have remained essentially untouched as the consensus text for 8 years until last November.
  3. Eventually, the DS were lifted by the decision mentioned above. For years, myself and Richard Keatinge remained mostly away from Gibraltar related articles, and WCM and Kahastok didn’t essentially change the content that had been developed by other editors.

Since November 2018, Wee Curry Monster, with the help of Kahastok, and some “good guys” in WCM’s list,[10] has been editing tendentiously across several articles the specific issues involved in the Gibraltar case, removing facts that are supported by all secondary sources, using arbitrary excuses (first ignoring previous consensus, then arguing inaccuracy, then copyvio, “excessive quotes”, opposite consensus…) and rejecting dispute resolution.

Examples of tendentious editing:

  1. WCM and Kahastok removing the information about the capture and exodus in the Gibraltar article:
    • WCM reverting a proposed edit, but also removing information about the destination of the exodus (Campo de Gibraltar) that was included in the consensus text.[11]
    • Kahastok and WCM pretending it wasn’t the consensus, so BRD didn’t protect it, and removing the information about the exodus; notice WCM’s comment: “rv seems you still don't get WP:BRD - irrelevant information removed” and Kahastok’s “Undid revision 873516065 by Imalbornoz (talk) per WP:BRD. Please discuss on talk”[12][13][14] until they finally accepted to discuss.
    • Pretending their edit was the consensus.[15][16][17]
    • WCM, now with the excuse that the sentence was inaccurate. [18][19] The sources say 98% of the population (all 4,000 except 70) left, and most of them to “Campo de Gibraltar”], and the sentence said “the population left and settled in Campo de Gibraltar”.
    • WCM again, this time arguing that the consensus text was a copyvio[20][21].
    • WCM now tagging for “excessive quotes” and copyvio[22][23]
    • Kahastok removing mention of the destination and “exodus”[24]. Notice how he mentions “non-unanimous consensus”
    • WCM deletes all mention of the population leaving(!) because “there is no consensus”[25] He prefers that the article doesn't mention that virtually all the population of the city changed in 1704(!!!!!), something any source considers VERY relevant
  2. They talk about “non-unanimous consensus”, while there were 3 editors who mentioned reasons to include some information they were removing[26][27][28] vs WCM, Kahastok, Apcbg (in WCM’s list of “the good guys”[29]), ThomasW and IdreamofJeannie
  3. WCM removing the information from “Disputed status of Gibraltar” article[30] (notice the comment: “ce for grammar and trim”), “Gibraltarians”[31][32][33] (with the excuse that the episode was cited in a different page of the source) [34] (because of “extensive quotes”: “reluctantly revert as editor is unnecessarily adding large chunks of text that risks a copyright violation”)
  4. WCM removing information in “Campo de Gibraltar” article[35] (tagged as a “minor” edit)
  5. A clear example in “Capture of Gibraltar”[36][37][38][39][40]:
    • WCM adds many details
    • Removes mention of the atrocities during the capture
    • Includes something not relevant in most sources like “Rooke complained in a letter home that the Spaniards were so exasperated against the Alliance that ‘they use the prisoners they take as barbarously as the Moors‘”(!)
    • Adds very extensive quotes; whereas he removed information in #3 because of “extensive quotes.” Conversation(?) about this inconsistency:[41][42]
  6. Rejecting discussion and assuming bad faith[43][44]
  7. Rejecting, over and over, a RfC like the one was proposed in the discretionary sanctions[45][46][47][48][49] and telling me to “drop the stick and back away from the horse carcass.”

They aren’t repeating the extreme verbal abuse that got WCM banned, nor do they ignore 3RR. They just keep pushing their POV:

  • Ignoring BRD and opposing editors’ opinions and pretending their text is the “consensus.”
  • Using multiple excuses for their edits that “sound” right to uninvolved editors but are inconsistent (only consistent with their own purpose of removing certain episodes).
  • Avoiding RfC, which in combination with long discussions that “scare away” uninvolved editors, keeps external opinion out.

Answer to Rockysantos

@Rockysantos, although there was no census in Spain before Floridablanca's in 1787, the consensus in secondary sources (Maurice Harvey, George Hills, Stephen Constantine, Isidro Sepúlveda, Peter Gold...) is that at the time of the capture there were around 4,000 inhabitants (1,200 households) and only 70 individuals stayed, and in any case all sources agree that most of the population left and only a few individuals remained. You can take a look here. - Imalbornoz (talk) 18:09, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Answer to Drmies, Wee Curry Monster and Kahastok

I was not aware of the problem about outing. I knew WCM had changed his user name but I didn't know it was off-limits to mention this when referring to past actions (in fact, I thought it was necessary to allow other editors to understand old diffs). The same with Kahastok. Please accept my apologies.

Regarding WCM's talk page, I have used it as little as possible and always with a very civil and constructive approach. Please, Arbcom, check my comments in WCM's talk page here, here and here. I have looked for alternatives to contact WCM and solve things out, such as the only e-mail I have sent him and which is not offensive at all (if you want we can post it here or send it to the Arbcom). Sometimes it's necessary to discuss things outside of the articles' talk pages.

I have always encouraged WCM to write in my talk page, in spite of his very extreme verbal abuse, personal attacks and vandalism on my talk page in the past. I have really tried to understand him and reach out to him, but I think some kind of battleground mentality has got in the way. That's why I think an arbcom guided RfC would be a good way to move forward. - Imalbornoz (talk) 19:15, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

WCM and Kahastok call my diffs “selective” and “misleading”. I would be very naîf if I thought that a “selection” of diffs could mislead the Arbcom: one of the good things about wikis is that we all leave a trace, and anyone can check whether what I explained is true or not.
I find it pretty ironic that WCM and Kahastok say I have a “battleground” mentality, taking into account that they are the ones rejecting dispute resolution, together with WCM’s history of bans and sanctions, the very aggressive comments he has made to me and other editors in the past, the fact that he keeps a list of “good guys” (that he periodically updates depending on whether someone has annoyed him or not). - Imalbornoz (talk) 20:02, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Answer to MarshalN20

@MarshalN20, of course I have not accused British editors of being POV pushers. As a matter of fact, during past disputes Richard Keatinge, The Red Hat of Pat Ferrick were very neutral and supported the inclusion of the facts that WCM and Kahastok have removed. I am a very great admirer of British culture (that's one of the reasons I made the effort to learn English). If you forget about the persons and focus on the edits, you will see they are removing information which they said was "Spanish propaganda", but which is factual and supported by all sources. They have done that 8 years ago and now, with inconsistent (even contradictory) arguments, ignoring other editors' comments and rejecting dispute resolution. On the other hand, they are including information that is much less prominent in reliable sources. I have been very patient with WCM (even when he made very aggressive personal attacks in the past I did not ask for Arbcom and allowed him to reconsider his attitude). But after 8 years my conclusion is that, in this specific case, I don't know whether out of a nationalist POV or personal animosity towards me, he has been a POV pusher. - Imalbornoz (talk) 19:57, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Answer to Bryan Henderson

I totally agree with Bryan Henderson. In fact, that's precisely my point:

  • The flood of discussion between WCM, Kahastok and myself keeps other less involved editors out (except maybe some editors who have some affinity with either one of them - in the case of WCM and Kahastok the ones who edit with them in Falkland Islands, British empire, Imperial vs metric systems... articles; nobody in my case given that I don't edit very frequently).
  • Unfortunately, meanwhile, WCM and Kahastok have been removing information with, in my opinion, a POV approach (please take a look at the articles and see where information has been removed or reduced to a minimum regarding this episode).

Maybe WCM and Kahastok are right. Maybe I am. Maybe I am biased, or maybe they are. In any case, we won't know what other editors think if we keep acting this way.

My analysis for myself is: I can

  • (a) leave it be and let WCM and Kahastok do what they want with the articles (which in my honest opinion is POV)
  • (b) keep discussing and hope that some editor will pay enough attention to participate (which was successful in the past but is very tiring in the long term)
  • or (c) ask for Arbcom intervention to bring some rationality into the discussion.

The fact is that the period of best advance in Gibraltar related articles was when the three of us were away from them (during the last enforcement of the DS).

That's why I am asking to reinstate the discretionary sanctions to stop us from disrupting the discussion and start some approach to include less involved editors. Maybe with the RfC that was recommended in the last enforcement? - Imalbornoz (talk) 23:24, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Answer to Richard Keatinge

Richard is a rare example of an editor who had no previous involvement in the article and one day payed enough interest to participate, bringing a neutral point of view into the discussion for months. His comment about "operating oneself without anaesthesic" is expressive of what it feels like to discuss in the Gibraltar article environment with WCM and Kahastok. He will probably never edit in this area again, as I haven't for years. The same happens with other users like The Red Hat of Pat Ferrick, Ecemaml or Cremallera. Something needs to be done.


  • I think my answers to Bryan Henderson and Richard Keatinge above pretty much summarize the situation regarding how uninvolved editors are discouraged from participating in the discussion by our (WCM, Kahastok and my own) flood of comments.
  • Regarding WCM and Kahastok’s edits, you don’t have to trust my “selective” (like they call them) diffs. It’s pretty easy to see that there was (for 8 years) a description of the exodus of Gibraltarian population in 1704 (an episode mentioned in all relevant sources and considered by the vast majority as pivotal in Gibraltar’s history) and during the last two months WCM and Kahastok have managed to remove it using different excuses (some of them contradictory). Crystal clear: see the current version of the article after WCM and Kahastok removed the exodus episode[50] and a sample of the last 8 years including it[51][52][53][54][55]. The same has happened in several Gibraltar related articles.
  • WCM and Kahastok’s repeated rejection to go through dispute resolution and, more specifically, RfC is also a very clear fact.
  • Regarding WCM’s, Kahastok’s and my own actions, I would be grateful to receive feedback from the Arbcom about our tendenciousness and whether or not we should be sanctioned.

Finally, I honestly think that Gibraltar related articles need some fresh air with the input of new editors. I think the articles will be very biased if we let WCM and Kahastok “own” them with the things I’ve seen this last couple of months. The best way to move forward, I think, is to reinstate the discretionary sanctions. I think it would also be a good idea to start a series of “controlled” RfCs (meaning someone should stop us from overflowing other editors with our comments) regarding several issues in the articles (the first of which would be the exodus episode). The other option is that (as Kahastok has repeatedly proposed) I “drop the stick and back away from the horse carcass.” ;o)

Thank you very much for your attention. – Imalbornoz (talk) 20:02, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Response to arbitrators

I would like to point out that my request deals with the behaviours shown by WCM, Kahastok, and maybe myself, not the contents.

If the Arbcom sees our behaviours as problematic but has doubts about the age of the original case, I think there will be no problem to have evidence showing the continuity in behaviours, editors and other circumstances.

But if they see no issue about behaviour, then I guess I will have to recognize my perception was wrong and accept that this request is declined.

In the case the discretionary sanctions are not reinstated, I don't think I will have the time or the energy to start (again) a dispute resolution process without the DS protection. The last time, it took two years to find a way out of the disputes in the Gibraltar article, with several frustrated mediators, aborted RfCs, and tens of thousands of lines in article talk pages (and in the end, the solution was to have WCM, Kahastok and myself out of the articles for 1.5 years). If this is the scenario, I guess I will be happy to leave the Gibraltar related articles in the hands of WCM and Kahastok, like Richard Keatinge, The Red Hat of Pat Ferrick, Cremallera, or Ecemaml, and wish the best luck to any editor who tries to build NPOV consensus in that area of interest.

Anyhow, whatever the result of the Arbcom, I thank the arbitrators for taking their time to look into this matter and offer us a way out of the deadlock. - Imalbornoz (talk) 09:18, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for your response, Rob13, SilkTork and RickinBaltimore. You are rignt about the two discussions. I am not as concerned about the discussions (which have been civil enough) as about the edits by WCM and Kahastok in articles space (not only Gibraltar) with things such as not accepting the previous consensus while we discuss (as per WP:BRD), arguing arbitrary (fake) excuses for the removal of whole episodes of History (not just wording) and rejecting dispute resolution.
Regarding the dispute resolution you recommend, I know that if we have a content dispute we should ask for community opinion, then ANI if necessary and then Arbcom. My point is that the same three editors already have gone through all those steps, and dispute resolution didn't solve anything until (i) the Discretionary Sanctions forced WCM and Kahastok to stop boycotting the dispute resolution process, and (ii) finally the 3rd enforcement took WCM, Kahastok and myself from the article for 1.5 years, freeing it for the community to edit a consensus text.
I will try to explain why I say that. I’m afraid that the only way for you to understand a problem that spans 10 years is to go over the story. I will try to keep it as brief as possible. Please read it before you completely decline this case:
  • The same editors with the same behaviours and dealing with the same content...:
  • ...went through dispute resolution and Arbcom for two years (notice that myself, Richard Keatinge, WCM and Kahastok, and very few other editors, were in each and one of these discussions)...
  • 1st Medcab in August 2009[65] was rejected by Kahastok, WCM and other 5 “British nationalists” and only accepted by me and The Red Hat of Pat Ferrick (who is British but without a British nationalist POV). See where Kahastok rejected the mediation [66]
  • 2nd Medcab in October 2009 [67] had one mediator being burnt out after 2 weeks [68]
  • The same Medcab with another mediator in November 2009 helped us reach a partial agreement[69] in some issues (which WCM and Kahastok have eventually deleted from the article anyway) but did not solve the issue we are discussing now (destination of the exodus) which was further discussed for several months.
  • As a result of those discussions (mainly about the capture and exodus) and WCM’s tendencious editing (and extreme verbal abuse against me and other editors), the Gibraltar Arbcom case was opened in March 2010, the DS were enacted and WCM was banned (under his previous name) for 3 months in May 2010.
  • There was a period of peace for 3 months (during WCM's ban), until WCM reverted the previous consensus about the exodus (and self-governance) in October 2010[70]
  • As a consequence, under the DS, WCM received a 0RR[71] in December 2010
  • We agreed to start a 3rd Medcab in January 2011 [72] again about the destination of the exodus. It ended up without result (I don’t recommend it, but you can see the long and fruitless discussion here [73])
  • As part of the 3rd Medcab, the discussion regarding the text about the exodus was taken to WP:NOR Noticeboard, with only one outside editor participating in the discussion and only suggestions on how to structure the discussion
  • There was another entry by WCM in the same noticeboard, without any answer [74]
  • More discussions in several talkpages, until WCM and Kahastok saw that the consensus was not in they favor, they started an Enforcement case against me under the DS in April 2011[75] and the three of us (plus Richard Keatinge) were sanctioned for 1.5 years.
  • The community edited the Gibraltar articles free from our negative influence ;o), including the destination of the exodus among other things, for 1.5 years. Then WCM and Kahastok returned, respecting the consensus text for 6 years.
  • Since last November WCM and Kahatok have been removing the consensus text, repeating the same behavior about the same content (please see my first statement in the request), only without the restrictions DS, removing whole episodes in several articles and rejecting, again, dispute resolution (like in 2009).
I think that now, without the DS, WCM and Kahastok will keep rejecting and/or boycotting any attempt to bring uninvolved editors through RfC, noticeboards, or mediation, like they did in 2009 when there were no DS, and we will start the process all over again.
I hope you understand now why I think it will be a waste of effort from editors, mediators, admins, … to start this process all over again without DS.
I think reinstating the discretionary sanctions and imposing a controlled RfD (in order to involve the community wihout us disturbing the discussion) would help solve this dispute saving us all hundreds of hours.

Thank you. - Imalbornoz (talk) 11:32, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by Wee Curry Monster

I have sought advice from my mentor Nick-D on how to deal with this editor. I have followed his advice scrupulously and avoided any repeat of any behaviour that is sanctionable. This filing seems to be an abuse of the system for this editor to get his own way in a content dispute. He has adopted his usual tactics of flinging enough mud around and hoping it will stick.

On my user page, I list a number of editors I admire. These are editors I admire for the quality of their edits not because of personal association. I have for example held opposing positions to that of MarshalN20 and Apcbg and I am sure Drmies would acknowledge we frequently disagree on matters. I consider it a gross and egregious presumption of bad faith that he would malign editors such as these in an attempt to smear me. (To answer your question Drmies, you've been on the list since I created it in March 2015, except for a brief period when we annoyed each other).

It is apparent that Imalbornoz has been following me to different articles, in many cases articles he has never edited before. In each case, he has simply reverted my changes, with the comment I have to seek a consensus with him before I am allowed to make any changes. Examples: [76], [77], [78], [79].

Sometime ago, I requested Imalbornoz did not post to my talk page [80]. I did so because I found that his postings on my talk page were not productive and mainly accusing me and other editors of misconduct. He has repeatedly ignored that request. Examples [81], [82], [83], [84]. Further, on 15th December I had cause to remind this editor not to contact me by email [85] as he had sent me rather an offensive email that I immediately deleted.

I have also noted that he has badgered any editor who has commented. Examples: [86], [87], [88].

He also badgered editors where I have sought policy guidance, trying to get them to change their advice. Examples: [89], [90].

The talk page history is informative, [91] this editor has completely dominated the discussion, deterring outside comment with walls of text. Compare this with my own minimal replies to this editor [92]. His behaviour is characteristic of WP:BLUDGEON.

I previously edited using my own name. Due to off-wiki harassment, I changed my username and have avoided using my own name since. Admins are fully aware of this and any past sanction is registered against my current username. Imalbornoz is fully aware of this, knew there was no need to refer to it and yet has chosen to WP:OUT me once again. I have requested my previous username is redacted.

I have more to comment but that would probably be more appropriate for an SPI report I am considering filing. WCMemail 18:04, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Answer to question from Rockysantos

To answer Rockysantos's question. I am not aware of there being any census data, the figures quoted are estimates based on eye witness testimony and vary between 4-6000. WCMemail 18:07, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Misleading use of Diffs

Can I ask that anyone considering the OP use of diffs be aware that they are very selective and are designed to mislead. e.g. in Capture of Gibraltar he claims I've removed mention of what he terms "atrocities". This diff [93] shows this to be untrue; this is my edit with extensive quotations and sources concerning precisely this topic. I also ask you to consider his use of none neutral language. All I did was move mention to a more logical chronological order, expanding it to represent the range of views in the literature. Yet he's presenting a diff as if it were permanently removed. WCMemail 19:24, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Another example [94] he claims I'm removing my edit because I want to remove all mention of the events of 1704. In Talk:Gibraltar I repeatedly state I don't want to and it was removed after his insistence that there is no consensus for it [95]. WCMemail 19:37, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Comments by Bryan Henderson

I thank Giraffedata for his comments and would like to add a small response. I have deliberately tried to keep my comments to a minimum to allow other editors to comment. I have also tried to focus solely on content. However, I find it difficult to avoid responding when you have an editor repeatedly demanding you reply on unrelated matters [96], [97], [98]. It's also difficult to avoid responding when an editor is making untrue statements about your editing history e.g. naming me as an editor responsible for an edit [99] when I'd already pointed out I was not [100].

If you feel I've deterred you from commenting I would like to apologise and assure you that was not my intention. WCMemail 17:35, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Comments by Richard Keatinge

I think it's helpful to remind arbcom of Richard's comment that he only reverted my edits previously [101] for a giggle.

I am requesting that both Richard Keatinge and Imalbornoz are admonished for comments about the motives of other editors. I am tired of the accusation by both editors that Kahastok and I are suppressing information, which they have been repeating for nearly a decade. This repeated demonstration of bad faith cannot be allowed to continue, if this is not addressed they will be emboldened to continue being uncivil and generating a poisonous atmosphere.

One only has to look at my own editing history to instantly see this is untrue. Examples User:Wee Curry Monster/Gibraltar NPOVN, User:Wee Curry Monster/Gibraltar Sandpit, History of Gibraltar#War of the Spanish Succession (1701–14), Capture of Gibraltar#Aftermath e.g. [102].

This was a recurring statement leading up to and following the arbcom case [103],[104],[105] despite rebuttals from literature [106] and [107]. As was accusations that editors were suppressing information [108].

Although sourced as the opinion of Garret(1939), a cursory examination of the literature shows it to be untrue. The events are described accurately in Hills (1974), Bradford (1971), Francis (1975), Jackson (1990), Andrews (1958) and Garratt (1939). In 1845, Ayala a Spanish work is translated verbatim into English by T.James (1845) note also Sayer (1862), Martin (1887), Drinkwater (1824). Admiral Byng and Reverend Pocock wrote detailed eye witness accounts from a personal perspective. All of which document the events to 1704. Aside from anything else the 70 yr old opinion of an author (Garratt) has no bearing on a content discussion and most certainly should never be used to impugn other editors. It was repeatedly and it still is.

The point that I and others have tried to make, which both Richard and Imalbornoz refuse to acknowledge, is that it is not necessary or desirable to mention extensive details in each and every article obliquely related to Gibraltar. This is the locus of the problem, they have sought to force edits into several articles where this level of detail is inappropriate per WP:WEIGHT. WCMemail 19:05, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

A minor point but it's worth noting as it is indicative of the lack of fact checking when Richard compiled his comments. When he highlighted the serious violence he alleges I am censoring, he linked to a section of the article I wrote diff [109]. WCMemail 12:22, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Note for Arbcom

I have noted above that there is frequent reference by Imalbornoz, repeated by Richard Keatinge, that Kahastok and I are excluding information for POV reasons. As I've pointed out one of the very articles they linked in their evidence was written by me; it's clearly untrue. This is A) uncivil and B) a long standing and peristent failure to assume good faith and enter into consensus discussions with an open mind. This alone has been responsible for creating a hostile atmosphere and it clearly can't be allowed to continue. I'm not suggesting blocks or bans but an admonishment or even a simple WP:TROUT seems warranted to me. I would urge you to consider putting this to bed please. WCMemail 13:12, 13 February 2019 (UTC)


Can I also ask you to consider the point I raised above.

I fear that Imalbornoz is being very economical with the truth and ask you to note, as Kahastok and I have already commented, Imalbornoz is presenting diffs in a highly misleading manner. It's also worth bringing to your attention that throughout the period referred to by this editor he had no sources in his possession. Rather he made an edit, then tried to justify it by using sources found using Google snippets. He also tried to argue weight could be determined in the same way by constructing metrics based on google snippet searches and tried to use the same technique to argue other editors were biased. He has never to my mind considered the range of opinion in the literature, rather he is selective in his selection of facts to give an unbalanced view.

The problems with past RFC obtaining outside opinion was that Imalbornoz and Richard Keatinge actively deterred it with the practised technique of posting walls of text and raising multiple irrelevant issues to confuse matters. As an example, during mediation I made a comment about the multiple issues in the way an edit was being formulated [110]. I raised this at WP:NORN at the request of the mediator User:Lord Roem [111]. Imalbornoz disrupted this by raising multiple issues that were not pertinent to that discussion [112]. As discussion diverted from the issue relevant to the noticeboard I asked a focussed question for outside opinion [113], Richard Keatinge immediately followed this by again raising matters that were irrelevant [114].

They also disrupted RFC, as an example [115]. Imalbornoz posted a wall of text, then Richard completely hijacked it and rewrote it [116] so it did not address any of the issues raised.

You will find that I have not refused a suggestion of an RFC or outside opinion, nor would I but I would add it is likely to be deterred by the walls of text posted by Imalbornoz. I would in fact welcome outside opinion, in point of fact when Imalbornoz and Richard Keatinge were removed from the article by the sanctions he is seeking to have re-imposed, outside editors more or less immediately restored the article in line with what I had been arguing was appropriate for an overview.

I learnt a couple of lessons from the past. One is not to respond to every argumentative comment as it can give the appearance of a WP:Battle, the second was to walk away and not respond to deliberate provocation. I also ask you to note that the circumstances were very different the last time, my mental health was in a mess and I really shouldn't have been editing. None of the behaviours that have lead to past sanctions have been repeated, nor will they be. WCMemail 14:32, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by Kahastok

This request is a case of an editor who - having failed to get consensus by continually badgering people on a talk page for months on end - is now trying to use Arbcom to do an end run around the consensus building process instead of just dropping the stick.

Initial notes:

  • The list of involved editors is not complete. There weren't just three of us in the discussion. Editors involved in the discussion that have not been made aware of this motion include at least:
  • The last edit to the discussion was on 26 January, two weeks ago. Any dispute here is stale.
  • The only times Arbcom intervention has been sought in this area in the last ten years were when Imalbornoz was around - and it has been sought every time Imalbornoz has been around. The same cannot be said of any other editor.

Based on stale discussion at Talk:Gibraltar

The content dispute is that Imalbornoz believes that Wikipedia's articles on Gibraltar should give a great deal of weight to the circumstances of the foundation of the Spanish town of San Roque in 1706. His focus on this narrow point is extreme to the point that he resembles an WP:SPA: probably 95% of his edits in the last two months, and probably 70-80% of his edits all time, are on this specific point.

In terms of the specific situation we're in, this is reasoanbly straightforward. I quote the second paragraph of WP:NOTUNANIMITY:

Insisting on unanimity can allow a minority opinion to filibuster the process. If someone knows that the group cannot move forward without their consent, they may harden their position in order to get their way. This is considered unacceptable on Wikipedia as a form of gaming the system, as well as tendentious editing. There is even a three revert rule to limit efforts to stonewall the editing process.

Imalbornoz appears to believe that his consent is necessary for any consensus to be reached. As such, he has been filibustering the process, badgering editors[1] and insisting that there can be no "real consensus"[2] without him. WCM and I - and others - spent weeks trying to include Imalbornoz in a consensus, but this proved impossible. Note frustration with Imalbornoz's methods here and here for example - and that neither of those comments came from me or WCM.

For me, it is reasonably obvious from a reading of the talk page that there is consensus for this text - once you take account of the stated positions of all involved editors (not just the three named editors here), and of the fact that Imalbornoz is a single editor and not entitled to a veto.

If I thought further dispute resolution would get a consensus that included Imalbornoz, I would agree to it. But Imalbornoz's behaviour - the filibustering, the badgering, the endless repetition of rejected proposals with no attempt made to resolve the objections raised to them, the repeated misrepresentation of others' positions (as noted in footnotes above, plus particularly the quote at the bottom of this wall of text that was taken entirely out of context) - demonstrates to me that this is highly unlikely. And having had this start before Christmas, I think very few of us want to still be having the same discussion next Christmas as well.

If any action is needed at this point to avoid a repeat of the previous car crash, it is to prevent Imalbornoz from raising this point again. Everyone else can work together constructively. All other editors can leave this point and deal with other things - have in fact left this point and spent the last two weeks dealing with other things. Any problems still needing resolution are the result solely of Imalbornoz's refusal to allow this discussion to end. Kahastok talk 12:34, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Follow up 09:13, 10 February 2019

Following WCM's lead and going through some of the diffs in Imalbornoz's text, turns out I shouldn't have bothered looking up examples of his misrepresenting others' edits in the discussion because he's done it over and over in his statement on this very page. The timeline is confused, the text in several cases false, the choice of diffs misleading. I only find it disappointing that I am not surprised - Imalbornoz's standard WP:BATTLEGROUND mentality in full flow there.

In terms of the outcome of this, to be clear: I see no particular need to add discretionary sanctions in the general case, I feel that would be excessive based on a single discussion. But at the same time, in the general case, if an editor is not willing to drop the stick on his own, it's reasonable to ask that he be required to drop the stick by the community for the good of the encyclopedia. This discussion cannot continue for ever. But I think I can say with confidence that nobody bar Imalbornoz wants it to. Kahastok talk 09:13, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Re: comments by Richard Keatinge

A few points to bear in mind when reading this:

  • The last discussion on this article on the point RK raises appears to have been this one back in 2013.
  • The editor who actually removed reference to the violence from the article was User:The Red Hat of Pat Ferrick here, as part of a wider trim of what had become a seriously bloated history section.
    • When Imalbornoz assigns editors to each side of his WP:BATTLEGROUND, he lists The Red Hat of Pat Ferrick as being on his side.
  • While this is not the place to discuss content, note that there are legitimate reasons not to mention every point in full and complete detail on relatively general articles.

Imalbornoz and Richard Keatinge now both appear to be trying to relitigate the events of 2010-2011. Why? For my part, I have no interest in that. It's 2019. The past is the past.

Comments about the choice to go to Arbcom

Taking only what's happened at Talk:Gibraltar, there are behavioural issues. I described them above. Do they require discretionary sanctions? No, not at this point. They require a WP:TROUT. Mentoring would probably help if Imalbornoz intends to return to the topic. But if this had gone to WP:ANI, I'd expect nothing further based on what has happened at Talk:Gibraltar. But I am concerned about the effect of this process on future discussion.

When Imalbornoz first came back, he started a different dispute. The discussion on this point is here. The question was controversial - he knew it had the potential to become heated (and made that point several times) - but we reached consensus quickly. Imalbornoz accepted my proposal the day after the first revert. But in his edit accepting the compromise, and three more times afterward, he was still trying to start the argument. And when he gave up on that one he immediately started trying have an argument over San Roque - another point that he knew was likely to raise the temperature.

If you wanted to raise the temperature at this article now, after the discussion we had - that, I remind you, finished a full two weeks ago - an effective way of doing it would be to bring the dispute here as Imalbornoz did, and make the sorts of statements that Imalbornoz has made.

There is a pattern here.

If we finish this now, and Imalbornoz comes back, I will do my best to ignore all this, to lower the temperature, to continue to edit in a constructive manner with all participants, trying to reach the best consensus we can reach given the views of all the editors involved. But that's not going to work if others - Imalbornoz included - are not similarly committed to lowering the temperature. I simply do not get that impression from the edits I see here. Kahastok talk 21:30, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Note, modified by Kahastok talk at 23:14, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

  1. ^ Note that this post misrepresents the positions stated by the named editors concerned.
  2. ^ Note again that this post would seem to misrepresent the positions stated by the named editors concerned.

Statement by Thomas.W

This is a classic example of a content dispute between a single-purpose account, Imalbornoz, and just about everyone else who has been active on the article, where Imalbornoz stubbornly refuses to accept that other editors don't share their views, and just continues to push their POV, repeating the same arguments over and over again, ad nauseam. Having crossed the border to tendentious editing a long time ago. - Tom | Thomas.W talk 13:26, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by Rockysantos

It's generally agreed some people had left Gibraltar when the British took over, however is there any census we can look at to prove this? The government of Gibraltar has on its website broken down the population in it's earliest census from 1753:-

The results then were: British 434; Genoese 597; Jews 575; Spaniards 185, and Portuguese 25.

Is there one from before this that shows the population and how it was before the British took over? This would show if the word exodus is justified. --Rockysantos (talk) 11:01, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Above was my statement back in December, which was never really clearly answered.

Is there a census from before the aledged exodus? If so where is it and what are the figures, once that is established can it be proven that the population on mass left Gibraltar for San Roque? Is there a census that shows that Gibraltar had a population of say 5000 then 0 and San Roques census then rose by 5000?--Rockysantos (talk) 13:20, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by Drmies

I'm very pleased to see that I'm on WCM's "good guys" list. I don't know how old or new it is, but I do know WCM hasn't always felt about me that way, haha. Anyway, I'm not here because of WCM but rather the editor filing the request: let there be no more outing. This isn't the place to discuss what outing is, what its parameters etc. are--just accept it, no more outing. Drmies (talk) 15:24, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by MarshalN20

Having worked with WCM and several Argentine editors to resolve contentious issues in the Falkland Islands article (in 2014), which is now a featured article, I can attest to WCM's value as an experienced editor and community member. Controversial topics can be adequately covered in Wikipedia, and WCM has proven expertise in achieving it. Kahastok accurately indicates that the crux of the content problem concerns the "Campo de Gibraltar" population. Imalbornoz accuses WCM and British editors for "POV pushing," when in reality what is happening is a difference of opinion. My understanding of "POV pushing" is that it promotes fringe perspectives. What is the literature or historiography on the topic? Reading the content article's talk page, this is unclear. Therefore, the claim of "POV pushing" is also unclear.

In fact, given the lack of clarity, it seems abusive (behavior-wise) for Imalbornoz to accuse the British editors as being "POV pushers". It's an uncivil defamation of character, which unfortunately often goes without remedy in administration/arbitration boards. Even more concerning (also behavior-wise) is Imalbornoz's outing of the other editors. In my book, these are both clear battleground mentality actions that reveal a lot more about Imalbornoz's behavior than that of the other editors.--MarshalN20 🕊 19:26, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by Bryan Henderson

I follow the Gibraltar article and participated a little in the discussion others have discussed here, which started in December and featured mainly the editors whose discretionary sanction status is the subject of this amendment request.

I would have participated more, but I could not keep my head above the flood of argument between User:Imalbornoz on one side and User:Wee Curry Monster and User:Kahastok on the other. There is clearly something going on between these editors, as this continued for six weeks, meandering from here to there with no apparent hope of editors on one side changing minds on the other and what looks like heavy biases that prevent one side from even considering the other side's argument. Perhaps because of history they have with each other. Furthermore, about half of the discussion is meta-discussion ("You're not arguing properly").

But I don't see that that has any bearing on the amendment request, which is to reinstate discretionary sanction status. I don't see that any of these editors have done anything or is likely to do anything in the future that would result in a discretionary sanction.

Bryan Henderson (giraffedata) (talk) 22:34, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by Richard Keatinge

I endorse Imalbornoz's point on the underlying content dispute; there is a longstanding campaign to keep out of Gibraltar-related articles details of the serious violence committed against civilians by the mainly-English forces that captured the town in 1704. This violent episode is a significant part of the ongoing Spanish feelings for the place. Histories in English have tended to downplay or even omit it, doing I feel a disservice to any reader who wants a holistic understanding. A coterie of editors (who have done good work elsewhere) have demonstrated remarkable devotion and ingenuity in the cause of omitting or downplaying it on Wikipedia. The discussion has been colossal, repetitive (often diverging into rather dubious procedural points), and wasteful of goodwill. I feel that this does a disservice to Wikipedia. We have also seen editors from other points of view, but in the face of vast argumentation they have generally decided to leave this ghastly dispute. I have profound empathy with their decision. Rather than engage in the dispute again, I would prefer to operate on my own piles without anaesthetic.

Imalbornoz makes a specific request, that admins should again be empowered to issue discretionary sanctions on editors on this subject. (This power was a part of the resolution that did, for a while, cool down the whole dispute.) This might well help a suitable (interested and robust) admin to prevent the content dispute from wasting further immense amounts of time and goodwill. I therefore support the idea, or any other that will bring an appropriate degree of constructiveness and courtesy to the issue. Richard Keatinge (talk) 15:59, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

I should perhaps add that I don't intend to make any further comment here (unless specifically requested by an admin). I'll just keep it on my watchlist for a bit. And Gibraltar-related articles will remain off my watch list. My dusty row of authorities on the history of Gibraltar may take an overdue trip to the second-hand book shop. Richard Keatinge (talk) 18:31, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by EdJohnston

When Arbcom first passed one of these housekeeping motions, I assume their thinking was that the disputes had quiesced and were no longer a problem. If one of these disputed areas happens to come back to life, with a lot of similarity in the issues raised, this suggests that the housekeeping should be undone. Making the participants file a whole new case seems to undo the 'housekeeping' rationale which suggests only a small matter of tidying up of things no longer needed. If the committee correctly identified the nature of the dispute the first time around, and made a reasonable choice of a sanction regime, that understanding should still hold if the dispute begins again. It is more labor-intensive to do something in a full case than at AE. EdJohnston (talk) 02:52, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by {other-editor}

Other editors are free to make relevant comments on this request as necessary. Comments here should address why or why not the Committee should accept the amendment request or provide additional information.

Motion: discretionary sanctions housekeeping: Clerk notes

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Motion: discretionary sanctions housekeeping: Arbitrator views and discussion

  • Having a preliminary look, I agree that the edits are concerning. Awaiting statements from the other users involved. AGK ■ 10:37, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
  • I am extremely skeptical of reinstating discretionary sanctions at ARCA in a topic area that has had no active arbitration remedies since 2014. The Committee does retain jurisdiction over past cases and motions, but I think that is just too far of a gap for us to swoop in with another round of discretionary sanctions without a thorough examination of the topic area through a full case. In particular, it seems that the alleged issues in this topic area center around a very small number of editors at the moment. A full case could examine whether we should be restricting those editors specifically instead of casting the widest net we have in our toolbox. I am inclined toward no action here, with a note that a case may be filed if further examination is desirable. I will continue to evaluate further statements and the statements of my fellow arbitrators, however. ~ Rob13Talk 01:39, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
    • @EdJohnston: We'd be acting on "data" from the original case which is now nine years old if we simply added back discretionary sanctions. The majority of editors named as parties in the original case are no longer problematic in the area, and many new editors that were never examined in the original case have appeared. The circumstances surrounding the topic area appear to be fundamentally different. That's why I'm saying "full case" from my perspective, if we are to take this on. ~ Rob13Talk 03:28, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Decline. Effectively this is a request to open a case, as we could not reimpose DS at this distance and in these circumstances (very little negative activity on the article) without a case. Haven taken a look, this is a content dispute rather than a behaviour dispute, and discussion is taking place on the talkpage. As such, this is a matter that is best handled by the community as ArbCom cannot pass judgement on content issues. Dispute resolution is the place to go for assistance. SilkTork (talk) 10:36, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
User:Imalbornoz. I see two recent discussions on the Gibraltar talkpage. One is about governance - that started on Dec 2nd and was resolved by you all on 13th Dec. The second one is regarding the exodus of the population, and that started on 13th Dec and by 26th January was still not resolved, so you talked about some form of dispute resolution, such as a RfC. The discussions on the talkpage are snappy and irritable and are not ideal, and there is some history on this matter, as you indicate, but such heat in protracted and controversial debates is not uncommon - though I do find your mentions of blocks to be inappropriate. What I see is that there is no agreement on a way forward, so you have reached a stalemate. You feel that as there are two editors on one side, and you on the other, that you are being ganged up on. That may be so. That is why in these situations we go to the community for fresh eyes. If the community look at the matter and agree with you or the others, and that despite community consensus either you or the others continue to push your point, then the matter can be raised at ANI. If ANI can't come to decision as to if you or the others should be sanctioned for disregarding consensus, then would be the time to bring the matter to ArbCom. At the moment I see a content dispute rather than a behaviour dispute, and a content dispute which needs fresh eyes to look at the content rather than the behaviour. Your concern in this, as evidenced above in your statement, is not so much the behaviour of the other editors, but about the content of the article which you and the others disagree about. You are as passionate about getting the wording of the exodus right as WCM and Kahastok are, except you have different solutions to the wording. Your point of commonality is that you all want the wording to be fair, accurate and proportionate. What you need is some assistance with finding the wording that you can all agree on. DS will not help you find the wording, it will sanction and restrict those editors who become too heated in the discussions - and that may be you. You are far better to go via the community route. SilkTork (talk) 11:39, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
Thanks Imalbornoz. I will consider carefully what you have said. SilkTork (talk) 12:19, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Decline Boiled down to its essence, this is a content dispute and it appears there is communication on the talk page. The community should try to handle this as a whole, or an RfC created, rather taken to ArbCom. RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:07, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

Clarification request: Manning naming dispute

Initiated by MattLongCT at 01:26, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

Case or decision affected
Manning naming dispute arbitration case (t) (ev / t) (w / t) (pd / t)
Clauses to which an amendment is requested
  1. Remedy 15

List of any users involved or directly affected, and confirmation that all are aware of the request

Information about amendment request

15) The standard discretionary sanctions adopted in Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/GamerGate for (among other things) "all edits about, and all pages related to... any gender-related dispute or controversy... broadly construed" continue to remain in force. For the avoidance of doubt, these discretionary sanctions apply to any dispute regarding the proper article title, pronoun usage, or other manner of referring to any individual known to be or self-identifying as transgender, including but not limited to Chelsea Manning. Any sanctions imposed should be logged at the Gamergate case, not this one.

Statement by MattLongCT

I am seeking a clarification and proposed amendment to Manning concerning its current relevance in regards to enforceable actions. The case in question has not had a formal amendment since 2013. Currently, the case is in a grey area since it cites Sexology even though the case had its discretionary sanctions since rescinded. This has not been noted anywhere in the page for Manning.

However, it is listed in Wikipedia:General sanctions#Obsolete sanctions. Separately, Template:Ds/alert says:
Pages dealing with transgender issues including Chelsea Manning... and Manning naming dispute) (superseded by the GamerGate decision.) (Gamergate never explicitly did this according to its case page.)

I fail to see any consistency for what the exact status of Manning is supposed to be. In resolving this, my proposal is that the remedies continue forward with only a slight amendment to show that the case now serves as a clarification of Gamergate. This field of debate still has much activity, so in my view having this exact case to fall back on would be preferable. Gamergate did not once reference LGBT+ issues specifically, so I do not see the problem of having this Manning serve to supplement it.

For the record, this is my first time ever posting in WP:ArbCom, so that might be nice to know. ―Matthew J. Long -Talk- 04:31, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

Response to SilkTork

It would be simpler to do that; I would agree. However, my preference is for an amendment over a rescision. One could reasonably interpret GamerGate as not including transgender or preferred pronoun debate. Maybe it's just me who has noticed it, but I don't think that Manning has been applied much since Gamergate was issued. For example, I took a look at discussions such as this one, and I can't seem to find a single instance where a person was formally notified of GamerGate DS (including users named in GamerGate). I did find instances of users being notified of the Sexology Discretionary Sanctions. For that particular discourse, I could not find a single instance of GG/DS applied during that Early June 2015 period (I found one GG/DS alert from months later).

In my view, if the committee felt that Sexology was too ambiguous in 2013 to find a need for Remedy 15 of Manning, then I would say that should go double for GamerGate. It's more broad than Sexology sure, but that is why this clarification is needed and would ensure that it is applied properly and consistently. ―Matthew J. Long -Talk- 22:01, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by Seren Dept

The GamerGate scope seems purposely broad enough to cover earlier cases like Manning or GGTF, and similar issues in the future. I don't think anyone would win an argument claiming that transgender-related issues are outside of that scope, though I suppose it would be harmless to explicitly include them. I think the related DS are regularly applied and I would guess that editors in those areas are widely aware. Maybe warnings are not logged or aren't where you're looking, or maybe I'm wrong and it could be more widely publicized.

I guess narrowness is likable in sanctions, but for this I don't think it would be an improvement. Seren_Dept 03:47, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by Alfie

I support this change - it doesn't make much difference to the way this remedy will be enforced, but nonetheless it's worth being explicit about these things. There are bad faith editors who will attempt to adhere to the word of the sanction and not the spirit - may as well tighten down the wording to match the intention. -- a. get in the spam hole | get nosey 10:20, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by {other-editor}

Other editors are free to make relevant comments on this request as necessary. Comments here should address why or why not the Committee should accept the amendment request or provide additional information.

Manning naming dispute: Clerk notes

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Manning naming dispute: Arbitrator views and discussion

  • Awaiting further statements, but this seems like a straightforward fix. I agree that transgender issues would fall under the GamerGate DS. ~ Rob13Talk 14:43, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
    • 15 doesn’t really need closing because it isn’t a DS authorization. It’s more just a reminder that there are DS out there that apply. ~ Rob13Talk 22:44, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Agree this needs fixing. Would it be simpler and cleaner to do with Manning as was done with Sexology? That is, close Remedy 15, and state that gender-related disputes are covered under Gamergate: [117]. SilkTork (talk) 19:39, 13 February 2019 (UTC)


Proposed amendment to the arbitration policy

Pursuant to the arbitration policy's section on "Ratification and amendment", the Arbitration Committee resolves that the following change to the arbitration policy will be submitted for formal ratification by community referendum:

The "Conduct of arbitrators" section of the arbitration policy is amended to add the following underlined text:
Any arbitrator who repeatedly or grossly fails to meet the expectations outlined above may be suspended or removed by Committee resolution supported by two-thirds of arbitrators, not counting the arbitrator in question and any arbitrators who have been inactive for a period of at least one month.

This amendment to the arbitration policy will enter into force once it receives majority support, with at least one hundred editors voting in favour of adopting it. Until this amendment is ratified, the existing arbitration policy remains in effect.

For this motion there are 10 active arbitrators, not counting 3 who are inactive, so 6 support or oppose votes are a majority.

  1. ~ Rob13Talk 03:11, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
Arbitrator comments/discussion
  • I think this proposal is essentially common sense. Two-thirds of arbitrators agreeing on anything is already difficult, but two-thirds agreeing on removal of an arbitrator when we have to count even the arbitrator being voted out and long-term inactive arbitrators (e.g. Ks0stm and DeltaQuad last year) is borderline impossible. This is especially true after the reduction in Committee size this year. This year, it would take 9/12 arbitrators to remove an arbitrator from the Committee, if we assume the arbitrator in question won't vote for their own removal. If we had two inactive arbitrators as well, it would take 9/10. That is an impossible task to achieve in a timely manner. This proposal would effectively reduce those numbers to 8/12 and 7/10, respectively, which is doable in the case of severe issues. I've proposed a month of inactivity instead of any inactivity to avoid decisions being made by a small subset of arbitrators in the event that a large number of arbitrators go inactive for short periods of time, which is common around holidays and the like. This proposal only excludes the votes of those unlikely to be reachable for an extended period of time. ~ Rob13Talk 03:11, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
    • @Joe Roe: It has never happened, but that's because the current policy is terrible. That is despite an arb leaking information from arbcom-l and now an arb violating the access to nonpublic information policy repeatedly. If Alex had not resigned, I honestly do not know that we could have removed him, despite the Ombudsman Commission report. We may simply not have had the votes, given that we can't expect an arb to vote against themselves and we had several long-term inactive arbs that would be counted as de facto opposing if they didn't place a vote at all. "Just nine votes" sounds like a small number until you have a few inactive arbs. In the situation I detailed above, if we had two long-term inactive arbs and a similar situation came before this Committee, we would need an astonishing 90% of votes of active arbitrators to remove someone. That is not workable. ~ Rob13Talk 16:26, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  • I think it is appropriate to bring this up, though my feeling is that the Committee should not give fellow members a privileged position. We can desysop an admin on majority decision, so we should suspend an arbiter also on majority decision. Level playing field. So for me the "two-thirds" needs changing along with the automatic recusing of the arbiter under question. Desysopping an admin is more significant than suspending an arbiter. SilkTork (talk) 10:09, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  • I'm really not sure this is appropriate. Removing an arbitrator involves substituting the community's judgment ("We elect this person") with the committee's ("We think this person is unfit") or, more worryingly, a clique's ("The committee has listened to this set of users, who say the arbitrator should be removed"). I rather think that removing an arbitrator should be so obvious, gathering up the required Yes votes is easy. Even inactive arbitrators can usually be contacted for once-in-a-year votes like for removing an arbitrator. This feels like the thin end of a wedge, and like concentrating the power of a (hypothetical) set of arbitrators.
    Having a high bar also avoids arbitrators contemplating the removal of colleagues for lesser disagreements; it simply isn't open as a choice except in egregious cases. This change will alter the committee's dynamics, and therefore the role it plays in our project. While this proposal seems like a practical, procedural change (why should inactive arbitrators be counted?), it may unintentionally encroach on plurality. I am uncomfortable. If we think the community failed to consider this issue when they recently reduced the committee's size, perhaps we should first refer it to the 2019 ACE RFC – even asking for that be brought forward. Holding for comments. AGK ■ 10:50, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  • How many times has an arb been removed by vote, not counting "jumped before they were pushed" situations? If it's not very many, I'm inclined to say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I also think AGK's point is a good one. If you have a situation where the arb in question refuses to resign, and those in favour of removing them are struggling to get just nine votes, chances are it's an issue that should be referred back to the community that elects us. – Joe (talk) 12:25, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Discussion and comments

  • This unfortunate episode from 2012 may be worth reviewing. --Rschen7754 03:16, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
    • I also had that in mind, yes. When I've discussed this change privately with a few editors, it was brought up several times and only further convinced me of proposing this amendment. The massive hole in this clause turned that situation into a larger dumpster fire than it might have been. ~ Rob13Talk 03:39, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
      • Though I supported Elen in that motion I was the only one, and five Committee members voted for her to be suspended. That's a clear majority, and she should have been suspended, but enough Committee members remained silent for the motion to fail under the 2/3s rule. Even with the proposed changes, the motion would have failed. Under standard simple majority rules, with the abstain, five votes would have seen her suspended. SilkTork (talk) 11:18, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  • You might (or might not) wish to add that any recused arbitrators not be counted. Newyorkbrad (talk) 03:30, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
    • Probably should have explained this from the get-go: I have intentionally not omitted recused arbitrators in this proposed amendment, because I believe there should be no recusals when adjudicating the potential removal of an arbitrator. In jurisprudence, judicial disqualification carries with it a concept apparently called the "rule of necessity", based on that article. If the normal rules of disqualification would result in no judge being able to hear a case, then no judge is required to recuse so as to allow a case to be heard to the best of the court's abilities. Given that all arbitrators necessarily work extremely closely with each other for an extended period of time behind closed doors, requiring any one of us to recuse makes little sense when we all have a substantial appearance of potential conflict. I believe a similar "rule of necessity" applies in this situation; because all arbitrators would need to conventionally recuse themselves from ruling on a sitting arbitrator, none should. (You know all of this, of course, Brad. I'm saying it for the benefit of other editors.) ~ Rob13Talk 03:39, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
      • [118] :) Newyorkbrad (talk) 03:45, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
      • In the Elen motion those who recused did so because there was an election in which they and Elen were standing, so there was a conflict of interest, and the recusals were appropriate. There are other circumstances in which recusal is appropriate. Simply not wishing to make a decision on a colleague is not one of them; so using that inappropriate reason for recusal as a reason to over-ride legitimate reasons for recusal wouldn't be workable. SilkTork (talk) 11:32, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
        And note that in the elections she still got above 56% votes and was close to being re-elected, which, at least at the first glance, invalidates the theory she lost all the community support (I opposed her candidacy then FWIW).--Ymblanter (talk) 11:50, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
        Every arbitrator has a potential conflict with every other arbitrator. We work too closely not to develop opinions about each other, camaraderie, etc. Often, we will be directly involved in the events related to potentially removing an arbitrator, if such a situation comes up again. Sure, the extent of those rationales for recusal may vary, but nevertheless, we could all be legitimately considered involved. ~ Rob13Talk 16:29, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
        I'm no lawyer, but this 'necessity' argument isn't working for me either. There's a huge difference between the mild inherent conflict in making decisions about a colleague, which would apply equally to the whole committee, and the more significant reasons that might prompt individual arbitrators to recuse - being candidates in the same election as the arb potentially being removed is about as pure an example as I can think of of an irresolvable individual conflict. (Assuming of course that no one is going to withdraw from the election just to participate in the removal vote.) I'm not explicitly arguing for allowing recusals - I haven't thought in enough depth about this yet, but I'm concerned that counting both inactivity and recusal would result in a group that is too small to be practical for a decision of this magnitude. For a group that normally does everything pretty slowly, I can think of a number of cases both during and before my time when I thought it was clear that people were rushing too much. However, I am explicitly arguing that this 'rule of necessity' stuff is insufficient justification for not permitting recusals in this context. Opabinia regalis (talk) 20:37, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  • My thoughts generally align with AGK's. While I can see the logic in not counting the vote of the arbitrator being voted about, I do think every effort should be made to get in contact with inactive arbitrators for their opinions to be counted. I assume that arbitrators still share contact information with each other on the arbwiki? When I was on the Committee, had the need arisen, I could have contacted I think every other arbitrator by phone and/or an email address in addition to the one they used on the mailing list. If there is a breach of the privacy policy then the WMF are empowered to remove access to the tools and arbcom definitely has the means to contact them in an emergency. I think (but am happy to be corrected) that Jimbo still has the power to dismiss an arbitrator in extremis. If that really isn't enough then what you should be creating is a recall petition mechanism whereby the community can decide whether the arb in question still holds their trust - abuse of this could be prevented by requiring a petition to be authorised by at least N (non-recused and/or active) arbs (or N%) (who would be under no obligation to vote to remove their fellow arb) and removal to happen if >2/3rds of those voting vote for removal. Thryduulf (talk) 16:54, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
    • @Isaacl: There is (or at least was) a provision for arbcom to hold a special election at any time should the number of arbitrators fall below what they feel is required to discharge their duties. I can't immediately find where this is though, so cannot say whether it applies to total arbs, active arbs, or is completely at the committee's discretion, however I don't think the Committee could increase the total number of arbs beyond the maximum authorised by the community (currently 13). Thryduulf (talk) 17:39, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
      • The relevant provision of WP:ARBPOL is "In exceptional circumstances, the Committee may call interim elections, in a format similar to that of the regular annual elections, if it determines that arbitrator resignations or inactivity have created an immediate need for additional arbitrators." I believe the "format similar to that of the regular annual elections" would mean that such an interim election would be preceded by an abridged election RfC, which would allow the community to select how many arbitrators they wish to elect. The Arbitration Committee could theoretically ask that the community allow additional arbitrators to be elected over the current total, but the community could also theoretically choose to elect none at all, effectively rebuking the Arbitration Committee for calling unnecessary interim elections. ~ Rob13Talk 19:29, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
      • Since the relevant clause specifies inactivity as a reason to need additional arbitrators, I don't see any barrier to electing more. The number of arbitrators isn't fixed in the policy but is just a consequence of the rules established by the community in the annual elections. I agree though that it would be counter to community desires to increase the number of active arbitrators beyond the community's wishes. To that end, I think it would be best for the terms of the interim arbitrators to end once the previously inactive arbitrators return. isaacl (talk) 06:21, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
  • A couple of times it is mentioned that the percentage of active arbitrators required to remove an arbitrator increases as the number of inactive arbitrators goes up. I don't think it matters, because in the end, nine arbitrators have to be convinced, and I don't think it gets easier to convince one of them if there are more active arbitrators. I think it is practical to look at scenarios where there are fewer than ten arbitrators active, and so meeting the threshold becomes impossible, but I also think it should be determined if there ought to be a minimum quorum for any vote in support of removing an arbitrator. Should the number of active arbitrators drop below this quorum value plus one, then a contingency procedure can be brought into effect. For example, a special election could be held for substitute arbitrators, or for an oversight group whose sole purpose would be to participate in votes to remove arbitrators. isaacl (talk) 17:07, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  • @Joe Roe: No arbitrator has ever been removed by committee vote for misconduct. One was removed for long-term inactivity; that was in 2011. Newyorkbrad (talk) 16:39, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
    • I would be interested in your take on whether that's because the provision isn't needed or because it's too strict. I take the view of the latter. ~ Rob13Talk 18:57, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
      • I don’t believe the difficulty of removing an arbitrator has been a major issue. Newyorkbrad (talk) 22:28, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Requests for enforcement

Arbitration enforcement action appeal by muffizainu

Appeal declined. TonyBallioni (talk) 17:48, 8 February 2019 (UTC)
The following discussion has been closed. Please do not modify it.
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Appealing user 
muffizainu (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)Muffizainu (talk) 07:37, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
Sanction being appealed 
Sanction appealed. sanction case
Administrator imposing the sanction 
AGK (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA)
Notification of that administrator 

Statement by muffizainu

The topic ban was initiated after I created the article “Khafd”, which is the Arabic term for the term for female circumcision. Wikipedia has similar pages defining Arabic terms, for example, the male equivalent practice, which is called “Khitan”. The Khafd page was created after a lengthy discussion on the FGM page, here and here. Following that talk, I reverted to doing doing research on the term Khafd, and drafted the page accordingly. In this page, I added multiple credible dictionary references (including Britanica) to define the Arabic term.

I am also aware on the difference of opinion on the debate around FGM vs Female Circumcision vs Cosmetic Genital Surgeries; it is for this reason, and to be neutral, the “Khafd” directed the link to the original FGM page for more information.

I have also pointed out many inaccuracies in the FGM articles in the past, which have all been ignored. The topic around FGM is an extremely sensitive topic in which there are many different opinions. Wikipedia must be a platform where multiple sides of the story are shared with good references, and that is what I proposed to do. However it seemed that only one side was heard. In the past few years, more and more academics are having reasoned dialogue around biases surrounding FGM, and I’d be happy to continue that dialogue on Wikipedia.

Going forward in good faith. I propose a lifting of the ban on the following conditions:

  1. I will no longer directly make contributions to articles or edit war. I will also not make excessively long debates over any part of content and instead I will use consensus from RFCs where there's a very controversial issue.
  2. There was some confusion ie. when I created the new article, the editor did not object to its deletion via proper articles for deletion venue so I had concerns about a single editor redirecting it to another article calling it POV fork where as it was thought to have its own references. In the least it was supposed to be AFD'd. I feel it was unfair to request a ban based on that. I will ofcourse accept any consensus in all regards. I'm not going to enforce my views, this, I can of course agree to.
  3. Editors decide content where as admins enforce behaviour as far as I understand. I will definitely be happy and agree to abide by all rules including avoiding any kind of POV pushing which was perceived of me. However, I simply want a say in consensus.
  4. I agree to go for new controversial articles via articles for creation process if that is necessary ie. if the admins think it will help as a good faith gesture from me to lift the ban. I can voluntarily do this.
  5. I have not violated the ban through the ban period as of yet and want to support Wikipedia with constructive edits.

Statement by AGK

Thanks to GoldenRing for notifying me.

Reading the appeal, I suspect muffizainu still does not grasp why I topic-banned them to begin with. Muffizainu would need to display a radical change of attitude in order to convince that the problems exhibited in 2018 had been addressed. Consequently, I cannot recommend lifting or amending this sanction.

AGK ■ 21:38, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by (involved editor 1)

Statement by (involved editor 2)

Discussion among uninvolved editors about the appeal by muffizainu

Result of the appeal by muffizainu

This section is to be edited only by uninvolved administrators. Comments by others will be moved to the sections above.
  • This will be closed shortly if the required notification of the enforcing administrator is not made. Sandstein 07:53, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
  • I have notified AGK on behalf of muffizainu. Yes, they should have done it themselves, but repeated refiling of requests due to process defects gets tiring. GoldenRing (talk) 08:55, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
  • And this is the sanction being appealed. GoldenRing (talk) 09:00, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
  • I oppose lifting this restriction. The topic around FGM is an extremely sensitive topic in which there are many different opinions. Wikipedia must be a platform where multiple sides of the story are shared with good references, and that is what I proposed to do. This is pretty much a textbook case of not understanding what led to the restriction. GoldenRing (talk) 09:26, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Upon re-reading the original discussion which led to Muffizainu's topic ban, I'm convinced the ban should not be lifted. Also, it seems reasonable to ping User:SlimVirgin for information. Bishonen | talk 21:00, 7 February 2019 (UTC).
  • I would decline this appeal based on AGK's arguments. Sandstein 22:32, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
  • I would also decline. As there appears to be a consensus early on, I am closing this. TonyBallioni (talk) 17:48, 8 February 2019 (UTC)

The Rambling Man

There is no appetite for sanctioning someone for criticism of Wiki institutions or editors in official roles for their actions in those roles. Several editors have commented that Softlavender appears over-zealous in reporting TRM's actions and, while there are no arbitration remedies covering such behaviour, I hope they will take note and leave well alone. GoldenRing (talk) 08:51, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
The following discussion has been closed. Please do not modify it.

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Request concerning The Rambling Man

User who is submitting this request for enforcement 
Softlavender (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) 01:09, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
User against whom enforcement is requested 
The Rambling Man (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

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Sanction or remedy to be enforced
Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/The_Rambling_Man#The_Rambling_Man_prohibited: "The Rambling Man is prohibited from posting speculation about the motivations of editors or reflections on their competence.
Diffs of edits that violate this sanction or remedy, and an explanation how these edits violate it 

These are all from between 20:18 6 February 2019 and 00:10 7 February 2019 at WT:Arbitration Committee/Noticeboard:

  1. [119]: Speculates negatively as to why the members of ArbCom did not consider desysopping Alex Shih
  2. [120]: Questions or reflects on the general competence of (the members of) the Ombudsman Commission
  3. [121]: Appears to dismissively question or reflect on the general competence of Natureium
  4. [122]: Edit summary and comment appear to dismissively question or reflect on the general competence of Bbb23
  5. [123]: Questions or reflects on the general competence of (the members of) the Ombudsman Commission
  6. [124]: Appears to negatively reflect on the general competence of Drmies
  7. "this is definitively bullying on a grand scale": Speculation about an editor's motivations
  8. "You are seeking, very hard, to catch me out at every step of every edit I make": Speculation about an editor's motivations
  9. "continually berate me"; "continual accusations": Speculation about an editor's motivations
  10. "please stop harassing me, following my edits": Speculation about an editor's motivations
Diffs of previous relevant sanctions, if any 

Here and at WP:Editing restrictions#Placed by the Arbitration Committee.

Additional comments by editor filing complaint 
Notification of the user against whom enforcement is requested 


Discussion concerning The Rambling Man

Statements must be made in separate sections. They may not exceed 500 words and 20 diffs, except by permission of a reviewing administrator.
Administrators may remove or shorten noncompliant statements. Disruptive contributions may result in blocks.

Statement by The Rambling Man

I literally have had enough of Softlavender's harassment now. I can't take this any more. The Rambling Man (talk) 07:22, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by WBG

I don't have much sympathies for TRM's communication style but this request is ridiculous. You need to understand the context of TRM's statements and most importantly, the sanction, imposed by the committee, is not a tool to hunt TRM with. I will urge for an rejection.WBGconverse 07:21, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by Sitush

Yes, as Sandstein has just noted in the section below, this report is an overstretch. I have watched from afar for some time and wonder if Softlavender now needs some encouragement to leave TRM alone. There are plenty of other people who are capable of reporting should circumstances appear to justify it. - Sitush (talk) 08:01, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

Result concerning The Rambling Man

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  • This one's just plain silly. The restriction wasn't intended to police every single statement TRM makes and I don't think any of examples listed above, in context, violate the sanction. I'd dismiss this entirely. Lord Roem ~ (talk) 07:25, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
  • I don't think that this is actionable. The first set of edits are, broadly speaking, criticism of Wikipedia governance bodies, and concern the editors at issue in their "official capacity", so to speak, rather than in their individual capacity as editors. It would be very problematic, from a wiki-constitutional point of view, if ArbCom authority were to be used to sanction criticism of ArbCom itself. The second set of diffs reflects disagreements about the sanction to be enforced here. These are not the contexts in which restrictions like this are usually applied (cf. WP:BANEX). Sandstein 07:51, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

Arbitration enforcement action appeal by Karumari

Declined. Karumari needs to demonstrate that they understand WP:NOR by editing constructively in areas that are not connected with India or Pakistan. --regentspark (comment) 16:24, 8 February 2019 (UTC)
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Appealing user 
Karumari (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)Karumari (talk) 18:56, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
Sanction being appealed 
Topic ban from the subject of India-Pakistan, imposed at [[126]]

I was informed about it here: that you are now subject to an arbitration enforcement topic ban

Administrator imposing the sanction 
JamesBWatson (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA)

Statement by Karumari

I have avoided editing articles where other editors raised objections to some of my edits. Subsequently, I have asked on the talk pages of articles if a particular reference could be used as a source before editing any other article. I want my topic ban to be lifted completely as I believe I am refraining from editing articles where there are objections, voluntarily. I have not indulged in any edit war. I am not sure if my links are as they should be-someone please correct them if they are not. Thanks!

Statement by JamesBWatson

Karumari has certainly made a good-faith attempt to keep out of topics where his or her editing has been considered problematic, and I acknowledged that on his/her talk page when I imposed the topic ban. However, as I also said then, the effect has not been to end the problems, but merely to move them to another topic. More than one section of Talk:Anti-Hindu sentiment shows Karumari unable to understand what he or she is told. To give just one example, he/she seems to be sincerely unable to understand that women entering the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala because they think excluding women is wrong does not mean that they are doing so to express "anti-Hindu sentiments". Indeed, many of them are Hindus themselves. It may be, in fact, that Karumari's difficulty in understanding the problems with his/her editing will be there no matter on what topic he/she may edit, so that they will not be able to edit successfully anywhere. However, I have gone for a topic ban rather than a block in order to give Karumari a chance to learn, away from issues to do with Pakistan and India, where there are issues on which he/she clearly has strong feelings which may make it more difficult to stand back and see things in perspective than for other topics. I really think that accepting this topic ban, and editing for six months on other topics, will give Karumari the best chance of eventually settling in as a Wikipedia editor, and being able to continue to edit, without either getting blocked from editing altogether or else leaving in frustration because of continually finding that every attempt to be helpful is rebuffed by other editors. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 19:55, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by Vanamonde

The problem here is not that Karumari has edit-warred, but that they have demonstrated a persistent inability to understand our policies on verifiability and WP:NOR, as is seen here, here, here, and here. As such, I recommend that this appeal be denied; I think Karumari needs to learn how to edit in compliance with these policies in a less contentious area. Vanamonde (Talk) 19:42, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by (involved editor 2)

Discussion among uninvolved editors about the appeal by Karumari

Result of the appeal by Karumari

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  • Decline. I think the topic ban is the right thing for this editor at this stage. Go and learn the ropes in less-controversial areas. GoldenRing (talk) 20:49, 7 February 2019 (UTC)


User indefinitely blocked as a normal admin action by Black Kite.
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Request concerning Willwill0415

User who is submitting this request for enforcement 
Wumbolo (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) 23:19, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
User against whom enforcement is requested 
Willwill0415 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

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Sanction or remedy to be enforced
AP2 topic ban
Diffs of edits that violate this sanction or remedy, and an explanation how these edits violate it 
  1. 7 February 2019 Copyediting a politician's article
  2. 7 February 2019 Editor should probably not edit in the incel topic
Diffs of previous relevant sanctions, if any 
  1. 27 November 2018 AP2 ban for 6 months
Additional comments by editor filing complaint 
I'm unsure if the gender ban was appealed. If no, the edit #2 above is a violation of it.
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Discussion concerning Willwill0415

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Statement by Willwill0415

All I did was put a comma in the Mosler article lol, how is that bad? I wrote maybe a third of the article, and people liked it, so I think Ive been useful to that article. I already submitted an arbcom request and an ANI about the incel article months ago the only people who care about the article basically bullied me and everyone else who wrote neutrally about incels on that article (last year). I got sent from Arbcom to ANI last year, where a group of ideologues and people who admit on wikipedia about a political agenda against incels topic banned me to get me to stop challenging them on the talk page. To repeat myself, Involuntary celibacy as a sociological concept was purged from Wikipedia as a political goal by veteran Wikipedia and ideological feminists that dominate the incel talk page. Its a 30 or so person "consensus" that roams Wikipedia engaging in political fights under the pretense of preserving Wikipedia. Involuntary celibacy as a sociological phenomena isnt dependent on the misogyny of the incel boards. But people claim that is so, and thats utterly ridiculous, and the lack of professionalism of the Wikipedia community continues to astound me. Also, note that love-shy redirects to that incel page full of yellow journalism in a negative-feedback-loop from Wikipedia too. This article reads like an encyclopedia dramatica article. If someone complains about the incel article, theyll probably get topic banned, even though involuntary celibacy (or incels) isnt fundamentally a gender issue. Its a mental and societal health issue as defined by academic sources. Also, my recent contributions to the incel article today were kinda sloppy, but my contributions last year were better.

Statement by Jorm

Willwill0415 is not here to edit the encyclopedia in good faith. A simple glance at their history will tell you all you need to know about them - including their stated intent to immediately violate their topic ban from American Politics and to the surprise of no one, they've done it.

This will continue ad nauseum.--Jorm (talk) 23:28, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

Statement by (username)

Result concerning Willwill0415

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  • Note As Willwill0415 has continued to violate their topic ban since this AE report was opened, has removed large amounts of content from Incel (twice), and given their previous history, I have blocked them indefinitely. Note that this was not an admin action taken in response to this AE request; I saw the problem as I have Incel watchlisted and have come here after looking at Willwill0415's previous edits. Black Kite (talk) 23:40, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
  • User has been indefinitely blocked by Black Kite. User still has an active TBAN from gender issues listed at Wikipedia:Arbitration enforcement log#GamerGate 2, and the edits at Incel are a clear violation. The politician edit is a minor violation of the other TBAN, but I would consider that to be intentional boundary pushing. I would favor reindeffing the user as an AE sanction, over Black Kite's discretionary block. Is that something we can do here, or nah? Maybe it's not necessary, IDK. ~Swarm~ {talk} 23:41, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Bureaucratically speaking we can't do that, Swarm, as discretionary sanctions blocks can only be up to one year long.[128] That may be the reason why the shrewd Black Kite chose a common or garden block. Though I have seen an arrangement whereby a user is blocked for a year per DS, with a regular block waiting in the wings to take over when the year is up. To my mind, there is something displeasing about that.. sort of lawyerly. Anyway, I think Black Kite's indef will do the job, and I support it. Bishonen | talk 03:11, 8 February 2019 (UTC).
  • Closing accordingly. Sandstein 08:46, 8 February 2019 (UTC)

Request concerning Koertefa, Norden1990, Borsoka, KIENGIR, Fakirbakir

Procedurally closed. Please resubmit using the format provided by the instructions at the top, and provide all required information. Sandstein 16:38, 8 February 2019 (UTC)
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User who is submitting this request for enforcement
cealicuca (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

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Additional comments by editor filing complaint 

The editors have formed a practical "cabal", with the purpose of fixing what they call "ethnic bias" on Hungarian, Slovakian, Romanian history articles and they have been doing this for a long time (translation sometimes required, google translate should be enough to get the general picture):

Assistance/Collaboration/Consensus building

  • Norden asks for support on Battle of Hermannstadt (was Sibiu at the time)1. The same plea is made to Koertefa and Fakirbakir. Borsoka, Fakirbakir, and Koertefa support it 2. None of the editors had previous input into this.
  • Fakirbakir asks for help, emphasizing that it's about a Serb editor and Slovak editor, and asks to make the article "free" again3. Koertefa obliged4.
  • KIENGIR asks for help with an editor "disrupting" the Austrian Empire (and bring reinforcements) 5. And Fakirbakir helps6.
  • Norden1990 asks for opinions7. And is swiftly supported by Borsoka, Fakirbakir and Koertefa 8.
  • KIENGIR again asks for help (some weird things going on, read it) 9 and both Fakirbakir and Borsoka support him 10. The supporting editor had no previous input on that page before.
  • Norden1990 Asked for support here 11, and Koertefa obliges 12.

One Team, One Mission

  • How communicating in Hungarian on the talk pages presents certain advantages 13.
  • Stubes99 (a sock of his) makes and angry jab at Borsoka. At one point Stubes99 makes a personal attack (several actually) on Borsoka, but the one answering is Norden1990 - who by the way reminds Stubes99 how little he had to add to the "project", and that he's more of a liability than an asset. Stubes99 fights back against Norden1990, angrily juxtaposing himself to the new "star" of the year - Borsoka. Stubes99 fights back and... whatever. Please notice though the "ethnic cleansing on sensitive topics" 14.
  • How 15 the team consensus is used to push the PoV they want.
  • A rally call, fight the good fight, for the credible PoV.16.
  • And how a discussion about a map exemplifies what PoV the team is working on 17. Fakirbakir calls things as they are (which is not a NPOV...). But they go further... and decide to call that a NPOV basically. And you can read about the team's map-creating business here 18.
  • Norden1990's temporary departure, and his goodbye to Fakirbakir, Borsoka, Koertefa (which all respond in kind - Koertefa just above the section, Fakirbakir and Borsoka in the section). Some of the administrators here may also notice a pattern - how the block was "unfair" in the PoV of the "team" 19.
  • A lengthy conversation on how they must fight against Slovakian and Romanian editors, on how KIENGIR is admiring Borsoka, Koertefa, Norden and Fakirbakir for doing the "right" thing, about how the administrators cannot understand their fight, about how the Balkan and Eastern European mentality needs to grow up and lots of other exciting stuff. About the mission, in general. Very nice read until Borsoka reminds KIENGIR that maybe this is not the right place for such a conversation (obviously).19.
  • And last, but not least, a combined activity 20 of the users, that needs no comments, as the list of topics combined with their own admission on what their "mission" is on Wikipedia is more than enough to give the full picture.
Other users whom may give more insight
Notification of the user against whom enforcement is requested 
Discussion concerning Koertefa, Norden1990, Borsoka, KIENGIR, Fakirbakir
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Result concerning Koertefa, Norden1990, Borsoka, KIENGIR, Fakirbakir


Blocked for one week. Galobtter (pingó mió) 15:46, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
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Request concerning VwM.Mwv

User who is submitting this request for enforcement 
RolandR (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) 15:03, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
User against whom enforcement is requested 
VwM.Mwv (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

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Sanction or remedy to be enforced
WP:A/I/PIA :General prohibition, 1RR, disruptive editing
Diffs of edits that violate this sanction or remedy, and an explanation how these edits violate it 
  1. 13:14, 13 February 2019 re-addition of reverted material to an article in the topic area
  2. 16:20, 12 February 2019 Disruptive editing - using Talk page as a forum
  3. 04:12, 13 February 2019 Disruptive editing - reversion of collapse of off-topic Talk page comments
  4. 04:40, 13 February 2019 Edit-warring - second re-addition of collapsed section, following reversion of first reversion by a third editor
  5. 05:32, 13 February 2019 Edit-warring - third re-addition of collapsed material (subsequently self-reverted)
  6. 10:12, 21 January 2019 Editing in topic area, following notification of General Prohibition
  7. 21:02, 22 January 2019 Another example
  8. 17:00, 30 January 2019 And another
  1. 17:57, 9 February 2019 One more
  2. 20:14, 30 January 2019 And yet another
Diffs of previous relevant sanctions, if any 
  1. Date Explanation
  2. Date Explanation
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  • Alerted about discretionary sanctions in the area of conflict in the last twelve months, see the system log linked to above. Here
Additional comments by editor filing complaint 

VwM.Mwv is a very new editor (account created on 6 January 2019). Almost all of their 200 edits have been to articles in the Palestine/Israel conflict area, and they were notified of the arbitration ruling and general prohibition on 9 January. Despite this, they have continued to edit extensively in the topic area - a sample of such edits is listed above.

The editor has also been using Talk pages as a forum, polemicising about the subject rather than discussing improvement of the articles. See for instance this edit at Talk:Walter Guinness, 1st Baron Moyne, and several edits [129][130] at Talk:Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. In the course of thewse edits, the editor explicitly states that another editor is "anti-Semitic".

After I collapsed (without deleting) some of the editor's off-topic comments and the replies, and left them an explanation on their Talk page, they started to edit-war to reverse the collapse, as detailed above.

The editor has already been warned about edit-warring on another article in the topic area, but continued to edit the Talk page disruptively. Under the Genetral prohibition, "Editors who are not eligible to be extended-confirmed may use the Talk: namespace to post constructive comments and make edit requests related to articles within the topic area, provided they are not disruptive". This editor's comments have become disruptive. Combined with the personal attack and edit warring, they cross the threshold for a sanction.

Notification of the user against whom enforcement is requested 


Discussion concerning VwM.Mwv

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Statement by VwM.Mwv

Statement by Shrike

  • Some of his edits for example in Resilience party has nothing to do with the conflict and the article is not marked as belonging to the area the same applies to other articles.
  • user:RolandR Did you ask the articles to be ECP protected if you really thing that they belong to the conflict? --Shrike (talk) 15:32, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

Result concerning VwM.Mwv

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  • Clear violations of the general prohibition despite it being explained to them, plus personal attacks. Blocked for one week. Galobtter (pingó mió) 15:46, 13 February 2019 (UTC)