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This page explains the role of oversighter on Wikispecies.

  • If you need oversighter assistance on Wikispecies, please email oversight-wikispecies@lists.wikimedia.org with the diff links or page history link that should be suppressed and a clear explanation for such action.

In an emergency, and if no Wikispecies oversighter is immediately available, please contact a steward. Stewards should also be able to help if you need assistance with a cross-wiki problem.

There are currently 0 oversighters on Wikispecies.

Oversighters as of December 2018: 0 (edit)

In emergencies (e.g. when no local oversighter is available), oversight requests can be referred to the stewards, who can be contacted at stewards@wikimedia.org.

What is an oversighter?[edit]

Oversighters are administrators with the technical ability on Wikispecies to hide (suppress) data so that it can no longer be seen by normal editors. They are able to suppress revisions from a page or media file history, user names in edit histories and logs, and portions of individual log entries.

Suppressed data remain permanently inaccessible through the wiki. Therefore, it cannot be accidentally restored when a page is deleted and undeleted. Suppressed data can be viewed and restored only by oversighters.

According to the global policy, suppression is approved in four cases:

  1. Removal of non-public personal information such as phone numbers, home addresses, workplaces or identities of pseudonymous or anonymous individuals who have not made their identity public, or of public individuals who have not made that personal information public.
  2. Removal of potentially libelous information either:
    a) on the advice of Wikimedia Foundation Legal Counsel or;
    b) when the case is clear and there is no editorial reason to keep the revision.
  3. Removal of copyright violations on the advice of Wikimedia Foundation counsel.
  4. Hiding of blatant attack names on automated lists and logs, where this does not disrupt edit histories. A blatant attack is one obviously intended to denigrate, threaten, libel, insult, or harass someone.

Meta policy on oversighters[edit]

Oversighters on Wikispecies are bound by the meta oversight policy, the meta privacy policy and the WMF access to nonpublic data policy.

How do I become an oversighter?[edit]

First, read Wikispecies:Oversighters/Howto.

When you are ready, make your request using the box below, replacing Username with your own user name.



For greater visibility, all requests made here are transcluded onto the central Wikispecies:Requests for Comment page.

Voting[edit]

Please note any registered user may vote here although those who have few or no previous edits may not be fully counted. It is preferable if you give reasons both for Symbol support vote.svg Support votes or Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose ones as this will help the closing bureaucrat in their decision. Greater weight is given to argument, with supporting evidence if needed, than to a simple vote.

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This is an archive of closed discussions. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this archive.

Result: This nomination failed to garner at least 25 support votes as per policy for obtaining access. OhanaUnitedTalk page 15:19, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

Dan Koehl (talk-contribs-block-all projects)[edit]

Wikispecies has no local oversighter. Since I had the communitys confidence regarding the previous application for Checkusers rights, I herebye apply to get Oversighters user rights, as a request to the Wikispecies community, as per local Oversight policy on META. On wikis without an m:Arbitration Committee, the community must approve oversighters by consensus. The candidates must request it within the local community and advertise this request to the local community properly (community discussion page, mailing list, etc). After gaining consensus (at least 70–80% in pro/con voting or the highest number of votes in multiple choice elections) in their local community, and with at least 25–30 editors' approval, the user should request access on m:Steward requests/Permissions with a link to the community's decision. I am well over 18 years of age, of legal age in my place of residence, and I am already identified to the Wikimedia Foundation (Verify identification at Wikimedia). I already signed the Wikimedia Foundation's confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information and I am familiar with the privacy policy.

Please also note that Oversighter actions are logged, but for privacy reasons the logs are only visible to other Oversighters. Because of this, Wikispecies must always have no fewer than two oversighters, for mutual accountability. I don't want to suggest anyone, but hope that someone feel inspired and will step forward and also apply for oversighters rights.

Dan Koehl (talk) 12:35, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

Requests for oversighter run for two weeks.
Poll started 13:25, 3 March 2017 (UTC). Poll ends 13:25, 17 March 2017 (UTC).

Support[edit]

  1. Symbol support vote.svg Support — He convinced me. - BanKris (talk) 13:25, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  2. Symbol support vote.svg Support — Me too. Seems a very good idea all in all to have Oversighters. Andyboorman (talk) 14:09, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  3. Symbol support vote.svg Support per above. Trusted user and a need for local oversighters. –Juliancolton | Talk 15:03, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  4. Symbol support vote.svg SupportAlvaro Molina ( - ) 15:06, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  5. Symbol support vote.svg Support --Archaeodontosaurus (talk) 15:09, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  6. Symbol support vote.svg Support Nothing against ;) Céréales Killer (talk) 15:15, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  7. Symbol support vote.svg Support Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:53, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  8. Symbol support vote.svg Support Full confidence! Orchi (talk) 16:12, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  9. Symbol support vote.svg Support Plantdrew (talk) 16:56, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  10. Symbol support vote.svg Support MKOliver (talk) 18:07, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  11. Symbol support vote.svg Support --Samuele2002 (talk) 18:53, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  12. Symbol support vote.svg SupportJustin (koavf)TCM 19:41, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  13. Symbol support vote.svg Support --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:09, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  14. Symbol support vote.svg Support --DenesFeri (talk) 08:57, 4 March 2017 (UTC)
  15. Symbol support vote.svg Support Burmeister (talk) 14:05, 4 March 2017 (UTC)
  16. Symbol support vote.svg Support Accassidy (talk) 17:16, 4 March 2017 (UTC)
  17. Symbol support vote.svg Support Jianhui67 (talk) 15:33, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
  18. Symbol support vote.svg SupportGreen Giant (talk) 22:49, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
  19. Symbol support vote.svg SupportTommy Kronkvist (talkcontribsblockall projects) 18:34, 10 March 2017 (UTC).
  20. Symbol support vote.svg Support - PeterR (talk) 18:41, 10 March 2017 (UTC)
  21. Symbol support vote.svg Support - Franz Xaver (talk) 14:39, 15 March 2017 (UTC)

Oppose[edit]

Neutral[edit]

For greater visibility, all requests made here are transcluded onto the central Wikispecies:Requests for Comment page.


The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this archive.


This is an archive of closed discussions. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this archive.

Result: This nomination failed to garner at least 25 support votes as per policy for obtaining access. OhanaUnitedTalk page 15:20, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

Koavf (talk · contribs · block · all projects)[edit]

Per our other Oversighter request, we must have at least two members with this advanced user right. I am nominating myself, Koavf (talkcontribsblockall projects) and hope that you'll see me as a fit option to view our deleted entries. Per m:Oversight policy, "Local oversighters should generally handle local oversighting, when they're available" and this would be a useful step in Wikispecies being a mature and self-regulating wiki. Frankly, I hope that if we end up deciding to have Oversighters we never have to use our privileges but if someone has to do it, I hope it's a local trusted member. I would encourage anyone investigating me to take a look at my CheckUser application. Please feel free to ask me any questions on- or off-wiki that you think are relevant. If you find me unsuitable, I'd suggest that you nominate yourself or ask someone else whom you think is a good fit so that Dan can get these rights and help the community. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:37, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

This poll will run for two weeks: 15:37, 3 March 2017 (UTC). Poll ends 15:37, 17 March 2017 (UTC).

Support[edit]

  1. Symbol support vote.svg SupportBanKris (talk) 19:52, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  2. Symbol support vote.svg Support Céréales Killer (talk) 19:57, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  3. Symbol support vote.svg Support Sensible choice for the required second oversighter. –Juliancolton | Talk 20:23, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  4. Symbol support vote.svg SupportAlvaro Molina ( - ) 20:42, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  5. Symbol support vote.svg Support --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:09, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  6. Symbol support vote.svg Support RLJ (talk) 21:41, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
  7. Symbol support vote.svg Support MKOliver (talk) 01:37, 4 March 2017 (UTC)
  8. Symbol support vote.svg Support --DenesFeri (talk) 08:57, 4 March 2017 (UTC)
  9. Symbol support vote.svg Support Accassidy (talk) 17:17, 4 March 2017 (UTC)
  10. Symbol support vote.svg Support--Rojypala (talk) 08:35, 5 March 2017 (UTC)
  11. Symbol support vote.svg SupportSobloku (talk) 05:42, 6 March 2017 (UTC)
  12. Symbol support vote.svg Support Jianhui67 (talk) 15:33, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
  13. Symbol support vote.svg SupportGreen Giant (talk) 22:48, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
  14. Symbol support vote.svg Support Andyboorman (talk) 08:58, 10 March 2017 (UTC)
  15. Symbol support vote.svg Support Burmeister (talk) 12:54, 10 March 2017 (UTC)
  16. Symbol support vote.svg SupportTommy Kronkvist (talkcontribsblockall projects) 18:35, 10 March 2017 (UTC).
  17. Symbol support vote.svg Support - PeterR (talk) 18:39, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

Oppose[edit]

Neutral[edit]

Discussion[edit]

Really, the title should be "Overseer", from the verb to "oversee", not "Oversighter" from the noun "oversight"... but then I speak English not American! Accassidy (talk) 17:20, 4 March 2017 (UTC)

@Acassidy: The user right is also known as suppressor. —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:00, 5 March 2017 (UTC)
@Accassidy: I agree that "Overseer" sounds a lot better, however the term "Oversighter" is used by all other Wikimedia projects. I guess the underlaying reason is that it is derived from the now deprecated MediaWiki extension (and noun) Oversight (superseded by RevisionDelete in the MediaWiki core database). For the sake of consistency we should use the same title. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 23:43, 9 March 2017 (UTC).
Not until now I realise that the information about the title is actually shown in plain sight on the Wikispecies:Oversight page itself. Silly me had an awkward time figuring it out using archived extensions- and tech pages on MediaWiki instead... :-) Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 21:20, 11 March 2017 (UTC).

(Moved from talk) Hi Dan, I noticed the two requests for oversight. I know that it's kind of late to comment, but do we really need such rights on Wikispecies? I mean: how many needs for such actions are needed yearly? More than 2-3? --Ruthven (talk) 15:40, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

@Ruthven:, I don't know who decided which user right that should exist on Wikispecies, and which not, this may even have been performed without any formal decision on Phabricator, which may be a starting point to find out about the origin and reasons for different user rights on different projects. It seems originally, that the user right was an MediaWiki extension more than a specified user right. I suggest you start there with your request, but maybe someone else has an idea as to find out why certain user rights exist on Wikispecies, and not.
As for your second question, I also don't know where to find those statistics, how many cases there has been, and how many cases there should be, or what to expect in the future. I remind you that this falls under the Privacy cases, why a fully exposed transparent statistic may not be available. On the page global oversight policy no specific numbers are specified, it only says:
On wikis without an Arbitration Committee, the community must approve oversighters by consensus. The candidates must request it within the local community and advertise this request to the local community properly (community discussion page, mailing list, etc). After gaining consensus (at least 70–80% in pro/con voting or the highest number of votes in multiple choice elections) in their local community, and with at least 25–30 editors' approval, the user should request access on Steward requests/Permissions with a link to the community's decision.
If I understand you right, that you believe this user right should not exist on WS, I guess a suggestion to remove it could be brought up here, and with a link from the Village pump, so everyone are aware of the suggestion to remove the right. After that, if there is a consensus to remove the right, I guess next step would be to discuss it on meta and/or Phabricator.
Maybe you will get response here, right now also, as to what other users think regarding your question. I hope my answer address your question at least in some parts. Dan Koehl (talk) 12:31, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

Dan Koehl (talk) 12:31, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

Stewards handle oversight actions on all wikis without oversighters. That's a better option than removing the right entirely, which WMF might not be okay with, and which is a bad idea because then I could put in someone's credit card number onto a page, hit Save, and nothing could be done to remove it. --Rschen7754 00:42, 14 March 2017 (UTC)
I was just surprised that local oversighters were necessary here when on it.wiki the stewards are sufficient. Generally the revdelete is enough to hide private information, which is something that admins do, and hiding information even to admins is quite rare. --Ruthven (talk) 20:14, 14 March 2017 (UTC)
@Ruthven: I don't know how necessary it is as such but it's just generally better for this project to be self-sustaining and it's generally better for Stewards to have their workload reduced. I don't have any anticipation that Dan or I would need to use CheckUser or Oversight but if it's needed, it's nice to have someone local who can do it. —Justin (koavf)TCM 23:32, 15 March 2017 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this archive.

Current Oversighters[edit]

See also[edit]