Wikipedia talk:Responding to threats of harm

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
WikiProject Essays
WikiProject icon This page is within the scope of WikiProject Essays, a collaborative effort to organise and monitor the impact of Wikipedia essays. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion. For a listing of essays see the essay directory.
 Top  This page has been rated as Top-impact on the project's impact scale.
 


Calling 911 (or whatever your local flavor is)[edit]

I hate to point this out, but the instructions as they stand could be interpreted as discouraging someone from calling their local emergency #, as if emailing WMF is always the only thing to do no matter what. I wonder if we should add something like If you believe that you are in danger of immediate physical harm, contact your local authorities. Or is that overworrying? EEng 14:37, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

@EEng: Going off of this related meta page which has the exact wording If you are injured or in immediate danger, call your local emergency services (usually by dialing 112 to 911 depending on your country), I think it would be worth adding -- There'sNoTime (to explain) 15:21, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
I added If you are in immediate danger, call your local emergency services. I think we have to leave people to know their local emergency number, and if someone thinks they should email emergency@wmf when they're actually injured, then they deserve to die anyway. EEng 18:35, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Treat all claims seriously or not?[edit]

Treat all claims seriously
This address is for true emergencies only

These statements contradict each other. If I'm to treat all threats seriously, then I should email the emergency address even for vague unsubstantiated claims. But if I should reserve the address for true emergencies, then I obviously shouldn't.

Also, please provide an email address for non-emergencies. I don't have time to search for an administrator's email address, or download an IRC client. --ChiveFungi (talk) 13:05, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

The context shows true emergency is intended as the opposite of non-emergency rather than the opposite of hoax emergency. It could, and should, be better phrased though.
For non-emergencies, why would you want to email an admin? What's wrong with one of the many notice boards such as WP:ANI? Cabayi (talk) 14:05, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

Abusive usage of E-Mail[edit]

Hello. How does Wikipedia deal with people, who abusively utilise the given address, which is supposed only to be used for emergencies? --84.147.38.84 (talk) 18:48, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

  • @84.147.38.84: this geolocation (Northern Rhine-Westphalia) and this ISP (Deutsche Telecom) have reminded me a banned notorious long-term COI sockmaster who has been disrupting/vandalising WP since at least 2011. Editing on wiktionary is an another similarity. Anyway, i am assuming good faith, in case you are a different person. This is from WP:OUTING and may be helpful: "...Nothing in this policy prohibits the emailing of personal information about editors to individual administrators, functionaries, or arbitrators, or to the Wikimedia Foundation, when doing so is necessary to report violations of confidentiality-sensitive policies (such as conflict of interest or paid editing, harassment, or violations of the child-protection policy)." 115.79.137.39 (talk) 21:39, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
I am not hacking anybody. Telekom is located and a major ISP here. And I can't see any previous edits from my IP address. Northern Rhineland has 17 million inhabitants. It's definitely possible that somebody out of them hacked Wikipedia. --84.147.38.84 (talk) 23:39, 21 November 2017 (UTC)