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Ironing out issues in infoboxes; not sure yet about New Jersey; and an administrator who probably wasn't uncivil to a sockpuppet

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By Bri

Ongoing cases

Arbcom to editors: Be nice to others here ... or else. Also in New Jersey.

Civility in infobox discussions opened 3 February, evidence phase closed 19 February. The decision has been overdue since 8 March. Workshopped remedies include a new discretionary sanction to be applied to infoboxes, called "infobox probation". Cassianto will likely be the first recipient of infobox probation. A new 1RR rule has strong consensus that governs any edit that "removes, collapses, or removes verifiable information from an infobox from any article".

New requests

"New Jersey-related AfDs"

New Jersey-related AfDs: opened 8 March 2018 by Power~enwiki, naming Rusf10 and Alansohn. At issue is AfD behavior of the two named editors, and outing issues. Three committee members have voted not to take the case, citing progress being made at an active ANI thread (permlink).

"Admin abuse"

Admin abuse: opened 11 March 2018 by Saboteurest, naming Canterbury Tail. 1/8/0 at time of writing; unlikely to be heard. Especially since complainant was blocked as a sock on 12 March. Some discussion can be found here that may provide future procedural guidance for cases alleging admin misbehavior, summarized by a statement from Opabinia regalis, who felt Arbcom was more appropriate than ANI "when the behavior is blatantly inappropriate or when a long history of problems is well-substantiated in the original request, more so than when the request is triggered by a single debatable incident".

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Post-publication update. As predicted, the "Civility in infobox discussions" case closed at 08:47, 28 March 2018 (UTC) with Cassianto placed on indefinite infobox probation. ☆ Bri (talk) 19:35, 29 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Worth noting that the 1RR proposal didn't pass in the end. -- Euryalus (talk) 01:59, 30 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]
No mention of the now concluded joefromrandb case, I see. Perhaps in the next issue... TomStar81 (Talk) 22:14, 30 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]

It's not quite accurate to say the decision was overdue. The proposed decision was posted at the appropriate time. We never give deadlines for how long it will take to reach our final decision, however, as we want to take as much time as necessary to get it right. This one took a bit longer than average, but it hopefully has an end result that will make this topic area run smoothly again. ~ Rob13Talk 03:45, 4 April 2018 (UTC)[reply]

I went from the apparent deadline, posted at the top of the case where it said and still says "Proposed decision to be posted by 7 Mar 2018". ☆ Bri (talk) 14:52, 4 April 2018 (UTC)[reply]
The proposed decision was posted on that date. [1] ~ Rob13Talk 14:56, 4 April 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Hmm, it's been a while since I wrote that ... I think I see the problem, though; maybe I was looking at this page where the proposed decision does not appear. Will try to be more accurate next time. ☆ Bri (talk) 17:38, 4 April 2018 (UTC)[reply]
The difference is proposed decision vs. final decision. We set a deadline for when we'll release our proposed decision, but this is a starting point. We take as long as necessary to mold the proposed decision into our final decision, which is hopefully best suited to address the underlying issues. There's certainly legitimate criticisms about how long this case took, although I think it was probably always going to take a bit, since the infobox discussion topic area is difficult to wade through and figure out. I appreciate the good work being done to inform the community at large about the arbitration process. If you ever want to double-check something, feel free to message me on my talk page. ~ Rob13Talk 15:48, 7 April 2018 (UTC)[reply]


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