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Wikipedia:Responding to threats of harm

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If you see a threat of harm (including self-harm):

Treat all claims seriously
  • Many threats are empty, but most Wikipedians do not have the training to make such evaluations.
  • If you are in immediate danger, call your local emergency services.


Contact the Wikimedia Foundation

Immediately email emergency@wikimedia.org with details of the threat.

  • This address is only for true emergencies and is monitored around the clock. If you have an issue that is not an emergency, please see Wikipedia:Contact us for a more appropriate venue.
  • You can also use Special:EmailUser/Emergency if you have an account with email enabled.
  • Include the name of the page where the threat was made, or a diff.
  • Avoid emailing other addresses or telephoning the Wikimedia Foundation office, as it creates confusion.
  • Staff will typically acknowledge your email immediately.
  • Staff will take appropriate action, such as tracing locations and contacting authorities.


Contact administrators

In addition to emailing the Wikimedia Foundation as above, notify Wikipedia administrators privately.


Advice for administrators

  • Threats of suicide or self-harm require discretion on the questions of blocking or removal of posts.
  • Threats of violence against others should be met with blocking (generally including removal of talk page access) and possibly blocking email as well. Such threats should be removed; consider also deleting the problematic revision from public view.
  • If in doubt, email the office at emergency@wikimedia.org.

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