Arbitration report

The Report On Lengthy Litigation

The Arbitration Committee closed a record eight cases this week, marking over 40% of their workload.


A case against BigDaddy777 was closed on 9 November. BigDaddy777, who was blocked indefinitely by Redwolf24 on 10 October, is subject to a 2 month ban for modifying other users' comments, and an additional 12 month ban for badgering other users, should the indefinite block be removed. In addition, should BigDaddy777 be allowed to return (which at earliest, could occur in January 2007), an indefinite ban on the editing of articles relating to American politics would be enforced.

BigDaddy777, who joined Wikipedia in September, was accused of violating many policies, including no personal attacks, NPOV, on pages such as Bill O'Reilly (commentator), Karl Rove, and Ann Coulter.


A case against Everyking was closed on 11 November. As a result, Everyking has been banned from posting to the administrator's noticeboard and subpages for one year, and has had other restrictions imposed on his comments about other administrators.

Bogdanov Affair

A case against various editors on Bogdanov Affair was closed on 11 November. As a result, most of the users involved have been banned from editing the article indefinitely. In addition, a notice was ordered to be displayed at the top of the article, making a note of the dispute. The editors, which included the two brothers whose theoretical physics papers are at the subject of the article, were involved in an edit war with each other and with other Wikipedia editors. This edit war forced numerous 3RR blocks on both sides of the dispute, and ten page protections since the page was first extensively edited in July 2005.


A case against jguk was closed on 11 November. As a result, jguk has been banned from changing dates from BCE and CE to BC and AD. The Arbitration Committee ruled that jguk had gone out of his way to change this era notation on "hundreds of articles which he does not usually edit to reflect his preferred usage." Should he do so, he may be banned for up to a week.

Zephram Stark

A case against Zephram Stark was closed on 11 November. As a result, Zephram Stark has been banned for 6 months, placed on probation for an additional year, and banned from editing terrorism-related articles. Zephram Stark was accused for POV editing, inflammatory remarks, removing comments, and "wikilawyering".

Louis Epstein

A case against Louis Epstein was closed on 12 November. It was ruled that Louis Epstein could be blocked for neglecting correct punctuation; however, in an attempt to avoid Epstein's being blocked, Babajobu offered to correct Epstein's punctuation himself. The blocks will not be enforced unless Babajobu removes himself from the agreement, and nobody else agrees to replace him.


A case filed against REX was closed on 14 November. As a result, REX, as well as and Theathenae, have all been placed on personal attack parole. The parole can be enforced by bans of up to a week. The dispute centers around the ongoing dispute on Macedonian and Albanian-related articles.


A case against Researcher99 was closed on 14 November. As a result, Researcher99 has been banned indefinitely from polygamy-related articles. Violation may result in a ban of up to a week, and if continued, up to a year. Researcher99 had been accused of violating NPOV, and assume good faith.

Other cases

Cases were accepted this week against Pigsonthewing (user page) and Xed (user page). Both are in the evidence phase.

Other cases against Ultramarine (user page), Maoririder (user page), Rangerdude (user page), numerous editors on Ted Kennedy, Copperchair (user page), and Silverback (user page) are in the evidence phase.

Cases against Lightbringer (user page) and Instantnood (user page) are in the voting phase.

Currently, there is a motion to close the Stevertigo case, which had been referred back to the arbitration committee following an aborted request for adminship.

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Bloody hell! How many arbcom cases are there? - Ta bu shi da yu 07:11, 15 November 2005 (UTC)[reply]

20 concurrent cases is not unheard of. →Raul654 17:13, 15 November 2005 (UTC)[reply]
But definitely, 8 closed in a week (9 if you include one that got reported last week) is definitely a new record. It's really amazing. And 1 or 2 more should close within the next day or two, I'd bet. Ral315 (talk) 17:37, 15 November 2005 (UTC)[reply]


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