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New arbitrators look at new case and antediluvian sanctions

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January marked the start of a new term for several arbitrators appointed in the 2021 elections. The election, its outcomes, and the cute photo montage of the new arbs' namesakes can be found in the previous Arbitration Report. So what have they been up to in the last month? A few things, as it turns out. Several cases were declined, a topic ban was lifted, and some old cases were modified. Additionally, a comprehensive review of old discretionary sanctions began, and one case was opened.

Open case: Skepticism and coordinated editing

On 16 January, a case was opened regarding potential issues of coordinated editing by members of at least one group, Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW), led by Susan Gerbic (who is both a party to the case and the subject of one of the articles involved in the case). I made a preliminary statement in the case urging it to be accepted, which means I will refrain from going off about it at length in the Arbitration Report. The basic issue at hand is whether the activities of the group, which are often conducted in an opaque manner off-wiki, embody conflict-of-interest editing; sources and articles involved include the Skeptical Inquirer, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and Center for Inquiry Investigations Group (among others).

Discretionary sanctions review

Several categories of discretionary sanctions are up for review, following a 2021 review of the practice. The discussion, located here, concerns a number of rarely-used sanctions areas, whether they should continue to be covered by DS, and in some cases modifications to existing DS regimes. The sanctions being considered for abolition are:

Additionally, some article probation remedies are being considered for abolition. These are:

Finally, two DS regimes are being considered for amendment. They are:

Closed cases and motions

Enforcement requests

Nine enforcement requests were closed in January.

Additionally, two enforcement requests are currently open.

Enforcement actions

So far, there have been 52 actions logged for 2022. They are as follows:

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You're right, I believe. I will double-check to make sure. jp×g 22:09, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]


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