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This page explains the role of oversighter on Wikimedia Commons.

  • If you need oversighter assistance on Commons, please email oversight-commons@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 Commons 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 3 oversighters on Commons.

Oversighters as of September 2022 [+/−]
Number of oversighters: 3
  • odder, pl, en-4, de-2 (bureaucrat)
  • Rama, fr, en-4, de-2, la-2, ja-1, es-1, it-1
  • Raymond, de, en-3, nl-1

What is an oversighter?[edit]

Oversighters are administrators with the technical ability on Wikimedia Commons 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 only be viewed and restored 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 Commons 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 Commons: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 Commons:Requests and votes 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.

Purge the cache Use the edit link below to edit the transcluded page.

Requests for Oversight rights[edit]

When complete, pages listed here should be archived to Commons:Oversighters/Archive.

  • Please read Commons:Oversighters before voting here. Any logged in user may vote, although those who have few or no previous edits may not be fully counted.

Minorax[edit]

Vote

Links for Minorax: Minorax (talk · contributions · deleted user contributions · recent activity · logs · block log · global contribs · CentralAuth)

Hello all. Recently, an oversighter was removed for inactivity and now we're down to 3. As the current team is primarily based in Europe and I'm based in Asia, I figured that I might want to hop on to help to cover the remaining silent hours. About me: I've been an admin since Sep 2020 and an active global sysop that actively manages x-wiki abuse. I'm also active on IRC so I will be able to respond to pings (if any). Having this right would allow me to remove derogatory posts/content that aligns with the global policy as quickly as possible. --Minorax«¦talk¦» 12:15, 18 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Votes[edit]

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support trusted, admin work seems fine --Ameisenigel (talk) 14:42, 18 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 18:41, 18 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. Rather disappointing to learn we only have 3 oversighters here, I see, Anyway trusted admn, No red flags, Easy support. –Davey2010Talk 19:37, 18 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I could easily support this request, but it's just too many flags (~50 on all projects, including being sysop at 8 projects). I agree that Commons could have another oversighter. However, this oversighter need to unequivocally commit to stay active here... in this context, I am Symbol neutral vote.svg neutral. Érico (talk) 21:33, 18 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Érico, Indeed, Judging by their contribs elsewhere[1] they're virtually active on every wiki here which sort of raises questions as you cannot be everywhere at once nor should you be expected to be and IMHO there's not really any need to be at so many different wikis, But that being said they make between 1-8k edits here a month[2] so they're certainly active here.
    I do question though how can they do an efficient job here if they're say at SK.Wiki or Wikibooks dealing with oversight issues there .... Again you can't be everywhere at once. Certainly raises some questions. –Davey2010Talk 23:51, 18 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Érico and Davey2010: I'd like to address the issues raised. As it's still a COVID-19 pandemic period, I basically have the luxury of working from home and have access to my computer as and when I want to. Furthermore, I'm basically working freelance so this further enables me to react quickly (or relatively quickly). Next, about the rights issues, most of the rights I have are passive and I have no additional editing rights other than being able to edit some protected pages. And similar to this request, sysop rights on some wikis, such as en.wb, wikidata are for me to react quickly to spammers/trollers. Lastly, and this applies on wikis where I have advanced rights, I am certainly willing to request removal of said rights if I don't see myself having the time to serve the local community. Hope this answers the issues raised. Thanks. --Minorax«¦talk¦» 10:43, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Hey @Minorax, Many thanks for explaining that, I had wrote a long essay on why I don't agree with having advanced permissions everywhere etc but that's another discussion for another venue. I should also state for the record you're not an oversighter at SK Wiki or Wikibooks not sure why I thought you were so apologies for that, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 23:26, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support 4nn1l2 (talk) 10:40, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Yann (talk) 11:06, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support trusted, responds to deletion requests, and very good at judging which files are in scope and not in scope, whose way I followed for many Judgefloro (talk · contribs) files, refer to this deletion request for proof. The nomination by Minorax when they were still under their former username. JWilz12345 (Talk|Contrib's.) 12:53, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Syunsyunminmin (talk) 14:27, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. --Ratekreel (talk) 14:47, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Krd 15:12, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Achim55 (talk) 16:58, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Please let me know why shouldn't I Symbol support vote.svg Support Minorax! ─ The Aafī (talk) 17:24, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -- King of ♥ 17:40, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Renvoy (talk) 21:31, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -FASTILY 01:27, 20 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Sure thing. Always nice to have an OS that is UTC+8. :D --pandakekok9 05:37, 20 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support active admin rubin16 (talk) 05:46, 20 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. Why not? Taivo (talk) 08:37, 20 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Rschen7754 01:52, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support, no objection. --Túrelio (talk) 10:35, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support, --Pimpinellus((D)) • WikiMUC • 16:49, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Christian Ferrer (talk) 19:46, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support, no concerns. -- CptViraj (talk) 00:25, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --AntiCompositeNumber (talk) 01:36, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Trusted user . Voted by Encik Tekateki (talk) 06:04, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support EN-Jungwon 07:17, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support It seems to be a trusted candidate and motivated. --PierreSelim (talk) 13:31, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Active admin. Thank you for volunteering. - FitIndia Talk 15:16, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support OK, there's a need. -- Marcus Cyron (talk) 19:08, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Guerillero Parlez Moi 22:17, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support No reason to object. --Bedivere (talk) 05:08, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Trusted User, No Concerns. Aviram7 (talk) 11:42, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Martin Urbanec (talk) 14:00, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Seems qualified. — Red-tailed hawk (nest) 19:32, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support: valid rationale, no issues. 𝟙𝟤𝟯𝟺𝐪𝑤𝒆𝓇𝟷𝟮𝟥𝟜𝓺𝔴𝕖𝖗𝟰 (𝗍𝗮𝘭𝙠) 19:42, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support: We had discussion on-wiki and IRC, I like the helping nature, and seen both the commitment and motivation. Thank you for volunteering. C1K98V (💬 ✒️ 📂) 05:27, 24 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support: Shows good judgement on other projects. Sennecaster (talk) 22:46, 24 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support: not much direct contact, but somehow managed to still make a positive impression. --El Grafo (talk) 08:04, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support SummerKrut (talk) 14:58, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Easy support. Jianhui67 TC 17:29, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Comments[edit]

  • A minor concern: I think Minorax is based in China, is that a privacy concern given the Chinese Government's views of Wikipedia? Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 20:19, 20 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Hello Mike. Your concern is invalid as I’m not from China. --Minorax«¦talk¦» 22:53, 20 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Minorax: OK, so which jurisdiction (Q471855) are you editing from? Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 23:20, 20 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    You should not ask users such questions. 4nn1l2 (talk) 00:52, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Not answering that question. Sorry. --Minorax«¦talk¦» 10:45, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Minorax: Fair enough. I would have supported this if you could say that you weren't based in China (which is different to "from china"). I'm probably worrying about nothing anyway. Regardless, you have plenty of support votes! Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 20:29, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Minorax: How about timezone?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 17:44, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Jeff G.: I’m a +8. --Minorax«¦talk¦» 02:01, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Minorax: Thanks.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 19:21, 25 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Having an OS that is not EU-based in term of timezone is a real addition to the team in my opinion. as some privacy matters are better handled quickly! --PierreSelim (talk) 09:02, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Current oversighters[edit]

See also[edit]