Wikidata:Requests for comment/Defining oversighters

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An editor has requested the community to provide input on "Defining oversighters" via the Requests for comment (RFC) process. This is the discussion page regarding the issue.

If you have an opinion regarding this issue, feel free to comment below. Thank you!

This request for comment is intended to determine the local matters regarding access and removal of the oversight permission, as well as other matters. The policy page will be updated once this RfC concludes. See here for a technical description of this permission.


The oversight feature is approved for use 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. This includes hiding the IP data of editors who accidentally logged out and thus inadvertently revealed their own IP addresses.
  2. Removal of potentially libelous information either: a) on the advice of Wikimedia Foundation 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.

Stewards can perform local oversighting in emergencies, during crosswiki oversighting, or if there are no local oversighters available.

Shall we adopt the Oversight policy as drafted above?


The global policy requires at least 25 supporting votes for successful candidates. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, at the age of majority in their jurisdiction, and identified to the Wikimedia Foundation to be granted access.

Voting: support percentage[edit]

Bureaucrats evaluate requests[edit]

Voting time (1)[edit]

Voting time (2)[edit]

Minimal number of holders[edit]

The global policy requires at least 2 local oversighters or none at all

Maximal number of holders[edit]


By vote[edit]

Reconfirmation (1)[edit]

Reconfirmation (2)[edit]