Wikipedia:Requests for oversight

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You must never draw attention to suppressible material and links on Wikipedia or any other public venues, except when you send your request for oversight/suppression to the team.


When to request suppression:

We suppress edits if they breach somebody's privacy or defame somebody in such a way that the edit should not be visible, even to Wikipedia administrators. Wikipedia uses a very strict privacy policy and we only allow an edit, once it is suppressed, to be viewed by a very small, vetted, and identified team of highly-trusted users (the "Oversighters"). (Please see Wikipedia:Oversight for more information on the Oversight/suppression system.)

We usually suppress an edit or other information on Wikipedia if it contains the following type of information:

  1. Non-public personal information about a real individual. This could be private information about you or others, could have been posted by you or somebody else, and could be on any English Wikipedia page.

    This includes (but is not limited to) a telephone number, an address or location, the name of a workplace or school, other online and offline identities, a date of birth, accidentally disclosed IP addresses, and (subject to oversighter judgment) other information of an identifying nature.

  2. Vandalism appearing to include non-public information, for example somebody's details with a solicitation to call them.
  3. Clearly private, personal, or non-public information at oversighter discretion.

    We suppress some highly sensitive and potentially harmful non-public information, even if it does not strictly help "identify" the person. In the past, we have suppressed content such as the self-disclosure of age or date of birth of a minor, or an individual's medical information.

  4. Clearly (or probably) libelous posts when we have no editorial need to keep the revision.
  5. Gross vandalism that we would delete if usual deletion tools could deal with it. This includes grossly improper user names. (This is an interim policy and subject to change.)
  6. Other exceptions: We are not likely to make other exceptions, but reserve the right to do so.

    An example of one instance where an edit was exceptionally suppressed was an edit made as part of a real-world stalking campaign, where the edit had no project value, and where no lesser remedy was sufficient. Suppression may also be used for copyright violations upon instruction of Wikimedia Foundation counsel.

We will use our best judgement in every request for oversight/suppression. If you request suppression of an edit that does not qualify under the reasons set out above, we will usually decline your request.  You can instead request speedy deletion or revision deletion. These processes remove content from public view, and leave it visible only to administrators. This is adequate for many cases.

We need the following information if you wish to request suppression:

You and anybody may request suppression at any time, but we will require the following information. Please ensure you send it so we can act on your request as quickly as possible, and so we do not need to ask you for more information.

  • The full URL (web browser address) of the page, edit, log, or log entry containing information you think we need to suppress. If the facts are not obvious, please also supply a brief description of what we need to suppress and why we need to suppress it.
  • If you are new to Wikipedia or the internet, you may not be able to do the following two things. If you are not able, then send your request with only the above information. However, if you are capable of doing so, then please also do the following two things:
  • In addition to a URL or the page/log name, also send us diff(s) (or from/to times) of the content requiring suppression. This saves us time, but is not necessary.
  • RevisionDelete or revert the relevant revision(s) first (but only if it will not draw undue attention). This removes the material from public view and stops it being perpetuated in future edits. Do not use words like "awaiting suppression" when you RevisionDelete or revert the material; use a generic, bland, and nondescript edit summary or action description.

How to report a matter to an oversighter:

Choose whichever of the following four options is fastest and easiest for you. You are free to use more than one:

Monitored at most times.

Monitored at most times.

Fast if an oversighter is around and available.

Wikipedia administrators: Due to the sensitive nature of this page and how easily it could be misused, you must not unprotect this page. Thank you.