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Arbitration Committee starts "Clerk's office"

The Arbitration Committee introduced the idea for a clerk's office to help lighten the workload for arbitrators. The proposal calls for a small number of clerks, headed by a former arbitrator, to review evidence and write opinions. Clerks would have write-only access to the arbitration mailing list, to allow them to send comments to the arbitrators. The process is still in planning stages.

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Proposals for a new main page design are currently being voted on.

Living people category endorsed by Wales

Jimbo has endorsed the creation of Category:Living people to aid in the improved cleanup of vandalism and libel which could be hurtful to living persons. He countermanded early attempts to list the category at Categories for deletion, and encouraged the development of processes (both human-powered and automated) to make the category most useful for its intended purpose. A suggestion to rename the category to Category:* (asterisk) to make it more flexible and less obtrusive to casual readers was made by Kappa; discussion on the possible renaming is ongoing at Categories for deletion.

Czech Wikipedia starts Arbitration

The Czech Wikipedia has created its own Requests for Arbitration page, and taken its first case, against Vít Zvánovec. Six arbitrators were selected in an election ending on 16 January.


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I attempted to rephrase the section on Category:Living people to reflect the bitterness that was involved and Jimbo's rather rough behaviour, but it was reverted to smooth away any hint that his role wasn't entirely warm and paternal. Choalbaton 21:48, 24 January 2006 (UTC) Might do with a note in this or a future Signpost of the wikien-l discussions regarding the deletion system and that it's attracted Foundation notice by causing actual trouble - David Gerard 16:17, 25 January 2006 (UTC)[reply]


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