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Functionaries are users who perform specialized roles and have privileged technical access on the Wikimedia projects. Examples include users with CheckUser or Oversight access, as well as current and past members of the Arbitration Committee. Functionary access must be authorized by the Arbitration Committee or the Wikimedia Foundation, and requires that the user sign the confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information. This is in contrast to users who are administrators, bureaucrats, or members of the Bot Approvals Group; these are 'community' positions.

Functionaries whose permissions and responsibilities are confined to the English Wikipedia are under the jurisdiction of the Arbitration Committee. These functionaries include:

Functionaries are held to a higher standard of behavior than non-functionaries, especially in issues related to their area of responsibility. Users who demonstrate a lack of judgment in an area related to their special access may have their status as functionaries revoked, whether or not an explicit abuse of their privileged access has occurred. As functionaries have a high profile within the project and are the face of Wikipedia both to its editors and to the wider world, it is damaging to the integrity of the encyclopedia as a whole if these users are repeatedly embroiled in controversy. Functionaries may be removed from their position by the Arbitration Committee.

Mailing list

The functionaries-en mailing list is a venue for general discussion among current Arbitration Committee members, advanced permission operators (CheckUser and/or Oversight), all former members of the list in good standing, and other editors with official Wikimedia Foundation affiliation or status. The mailing list is private and can only be used by its members; any emails that are sent to it from non-members are automatically rejected and not delivered.

Although current Arbitration Committee members are subscribed to arbcom-en, the scope of this list is broader. Its use allows for more effective collaboration among editors involved with sensitive and privacy-related areas within the community, and the handling of related issues—primarily on the English Wikipedia. The list also has a role in supporting the Arbitration Committee, being available to assist with various matters, and acting as a forum for discussion, input, and collective memory as needed.

As this list is private, it is not a place for unblock requests or other general queries. The appropriate volunteer response team queue is better suited for such issues.


As of 18 April 2024, the subscribers are:

Advanced permission (CheckUser and/or Oversight) operators
Alison (CU / former OS), Amorymeltzer (OS), Anarchyte (OS), Avraham (former CU / former OS), Blablubbs (CU), DatGuy (CU), Dreamy Jazz (CU/OS), Dweller (OS), EdJohnston (CU), Ferret (CU), Fluffernutter (former OS), Fox (former OS), GB fan (OS), Girth Summit (CU), Ivanvector (CU), Julia W (former OS), Keegan (former CU / former OS), Lofty abyss (OS), LuK3 (OS), Mz7 (CU/OS), NinjaRobotPirate (CU), Oshwah (CU/OS), Philippe (former CU / former OS), Ponyo (CU/OS), Reaper Eternal (CU), Richwales (former CU / OS), RoySmith (CU), Snowolf (former OS), Someguy1221 (former OS), Sphilbrick (former OS), Spicy (CU), SQL (CU), ST47 (CU / former OS), Stwalkerster (CU/OS), The Blade of the Northern Lights (OS), TonyBallioni (former CU / former OS), Vanamonde93 (CU/OS), Versageek (CU), Xaosflux (OS), Yamla (CU), Zzuuzz (CU)
Current arbitrators
Aoidh, Barkeep49, Cabayi, CaptainEek, Firefly, Guerillero, HJ Mitchell, L235, Maxim, Moneytrees, Primefac, Sdrqaz, ToBeFree, Z1720
Former arbitrators
AmandaNP, Arcticocean, BDD, Bradv, Callanecc, Casliber, Courcelles, David Fuchs, Doug Weller, Drmies, FloNight, GeneralNotability, GorillaWarfare, Izno, Joe Roe, Jpgordon, KrakatoaKatie, Ks0stm, LFaraone, Mailer diablo, Mkdw, Newyorkbrad, NuclearWarfare, Opabinia regalis, Paul August, PhilKnight, RickinBaltimore, Risker, Salvio giuliano, Seraphimblade, Thryduulf, Worm That Turned, Wugapodes, Xeno
Wikimedia Foundation
Maggie Dennis (Vice President, Community Resilience & Sustainability)
The list above is served from Template:Functionaries.

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