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Another vulgar use of "via" instead of the appropriate preposition, in this sentence ...

"Please refrain from emailing about disagreements with content; they will not be resolved via [sic] email." Should be, "by email". Autodidact1 (talk) 03:38, 19 March 2021 (UTC)

No, fine as is. EEng 16:34, 1 June 2021 (UTC)

Threats of harm (again)

I'm IAR opening this request, even though discussion stalled above without reaching clear consensus, since it is actively dangerous for us to continue to have no pathway from the contact us page (a plausible place to which someone encountering an emergency might go) to our instructions for emergencies. Please implement this edit, which adds a link to WP:Contact us/Emergencies to the sidebar, and full-protect that page to match the other contact us pages and prevent disruption. The discussion above from several months ago was about how best to format the link, and while that can continue, it is unconscionable for us to continue to have nothing. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 22:10, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

 Not done for now: Has the Wikimedia Foundation itself been contacted to ask whether this change is a good idea? I understand the motivation behind this request, but I would like to get someone from the WMF emergencies team to OK this change before implementing it. They can be contacted at ca@wikimedia.org. They're the ones that would be most affected by that change, and personally, I suspect the urgency of this request may be overstated. There is actually a risk that this proposed change may be counterproductive in that it may invite additional misuse: readers are going to see "Emergencies" as the first thing in the sidebar and assume that's a way to fast-track a fix to ordinary vandalism or a content dispute. This is problematic because it would dilute the WMF's resources. (IIRC they have to take time to submit an internal write-up for every request that comes in, regardless of whether they took action on the request.) Mz7 (talk) 22:32, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
Mz7, I hope people would be responsible enough to heed the instructions to use the address only for threats of harm, but yeah, that's a valid concern and I'd be happy to have WMF input. There's no way for me to email that address without going off-wiki; do we know who to ping? {{u|Sdkb}}talk 20:27, 18 April 2021 (UTC)
Sdkb, I recommend emailing that address if possible, since I think that let's them address the question as a team. You could ask them to respond on-wiki here. If you're concerned about privacy, I recommend creating a separate email address for Wikipedia-related activities. If you really want to keep this on-wiki, you could try pinging or leaving a talk page message for JSutherland (WMF) (I used {{noping}} here)—in my experience, he is quite helpful. Mz7 (talk) 00:36, 19 April 2021 (UTC)
I'll try the pinging route first. @JSutherland (WMF): would you be interested in weighing in on this or passing it along to whoever it'd be relevant for? {{u|Sdkb}}talk 00:40, 19 April 2021 (UTC)
@Sdkb: Thanks for the ping. I raised this with the rest of the team and we have concerns about including this information so prominently on what is by definition a reader-oriented page. I don't think volunteers are using the Contact us page to get in touch with the Foundation; there are editor-facing pages with this information, for example Wikipedia:Responding to threats of harm and the relatively-new User:Emergency with its EmailUser functionality, which I know a lot of users have used. We have some concerns that its inclusion here, on a reader-focused page, would result in misuse of the service by those misunderstanding what kinds of "emergency" the team handles—we're quite a small team and we need to be sure we don't burn out on this workflow. I hope that makes sense—thanks for asking the question. Joe Sutherland (WMF) (talk) 22:09, 20 April 2021 (UTC)
JSutherland (WMF), thanks for the consideration. I wonder about instances in which threats of harm might surface in reader-facing areas, but that's presumably a pretty low probably, and I defer to your judgement. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 01:09, 21 April 2021 (UTC)
  • I'm a relatively experienced editor (or at least not a complete newbie) and it's still quite hard for me to find the right venue to report serious abuse. Where should I report visible and current death threats? What about older (already reverted) death threats that need to be oversighted? And suicide threats? What about serious harassment that does not explicitly involve death threats? I have reported instances of all these categories, sometimes to the wrong venue, sometimes to the formally right venue only to find it's not the venue that actually gets things done, etc. If it's cross-wiki, it's even harder to figure it out. Even more experienced editors couldn't give me definitive answers when asked privately. MarioGom (talk) 12:33, 17 May 2021 (UTC)
    @MarioGom: To answer your questions in the context of the English Wikipedia:
    • WP:EMERGENCY is for threats of physical harm, which include death threats and suicide threats. Therefore, if you see a death threat or suicide threat, you should report that to the WMF (e.g. using Special:EmailUser/Emergency). Additionally, you should also notify an administrator (e.g. using ##wikipedia-en-revdel connect) so that the threat can be revision-deleted and the user blocked (if necessary).
    • Serious harassment that does not explicitly involve threats of physical harm does not fall under WP:EMERGENCY, so you do not need to contact the WMF's emergencies team. The most relevant policy section here is probably WP:DWH. In this scenario, a bit of discretion is required: I'm not sure there's really a catch-all answer here because it depends on the nature of the specific harassment. If the harassment involves private (e.g. off-wiki) information, it may be best to email the Arbitration Committee (e.g. using Special:EmailUser/Arbitration Committee). If the harassment involves only on-wiki, non-sensitive information, you could also consider contacting an administrator by email or on their user talk page or reporting the incident to WP:ANI.
    This is generally what I would do in the situations you described. Mz7 (talk) 20:04, 26 May 2021 (UTC)
    Mz7: Thanks. That's more or less the processes I knew about and used for enwiki. It took me some trial and error to figure out that sometimes 2 or 3 venues need to be used and followed up (e.g. T&S email + #wikipedia-en-devrel IRC). When I came across cross-wiki or non-enwiki issues, I realized there was even more research needed to report anything effectively (e.g. does this wiki have local OS? what's the right way to ask for steward help?). My feeling is that the whole thing is not accessible for most users. MarioGom (talk) 09:09, 24 June 2021 (UTC)
  • This thread prompted me to look at meta's "emergency" page [1], which would make me laugh if the subject weren't so important. Unbelievable. EEng 16:57, 1 June 2021 (UTC)
    The see also section of that page contains...WP:IAR. Whut {{u|Sdkb}}talk 17:07, 1 June 2021 (UTC)

Contributing on Wikipedia is too complex for me and other Wikipedia beginners.

To the Wikipedia Staff and Users.

While I do enjoy updating Wikipedia articles on various pages on movies, TV shows, Video games, books and music pages. However the current editing user interface is too complex. I'm not very good at coding and I'm lousy at it and I'm an autistic man and I get nervous when I make mistakes as I'm trying to make the Wikipedia articles more user friendly. Can we please update Wikipedia to have a simplified user interface since I don't like the complex code editing. It's taking too much of my time to be a contributor and it's causing me unnecessary stress, and I would be grateful if we could have a simplified interface like Fandom has. Please make changes to Wikipedia and give me a simplified option for editing Wikipedia articles. CrosswalkX (talk) 18:52, 24 July 2021 (UTC)

@CrosswalkX: you can easily enable VisualEditor, which is pretty much the same default editor that Wikia (Fandom) uses. See Wikipedia:VisualEditor. Ben · Salvidrim!  21:12, 24 July 2021 (UTC)