Wikipedia:New contributors' help page/Sorry, we don't do that

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Hello. Based on your question, there's a good chance that you found one of our 5,496,574 encyclopedia articles, and thought that we were directly affiliated in some way with the subject of that article. In any case, we unfortunately can't help you with practical problems that aren't related to this website. Please note that you are at Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, and this website does not provide any services or support for anything outside this website. Sorry, we're just an encyclopedia.

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