Wikipedia:Requests for oversight
Read on for information on when to request suppression, how to request it, and what information the oversighter will need from you.
You must never draw attention to suppressible material, or any links to suppressible material on Wikipedia or any public venue. Requests are only accepted by email or other private methods.
When will we suppress?
We suppress edits that breach somebody's privacy or defame somebody. We only suppress if they do this in such a way that the edit should not be visible even to Wikipedia administrators; otherwise, Revision Deletion (RevDel) may be used.
We usually suppress an edit or other information on Wikipedia if it contains the following types of information:
We will use our best judgement in applying these criteria to your request. If your request does not meet the threshold required for suppression, but does unambiguously meet the threshold for applying revision deletion instead, we will apply redaction using revision deletion. If your request is denied, 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 most cases, and it means that the content is unavailable to almost all Wikipedia readers and users. An appeal of our decisions can only be requested by contacting the Arbitration Committee.
What information do we need?
Any user or reader may request the suppression of content at any time, but we will require the following information. Please ensure you provide it, or your request will be delayed:
If you know how to do so, please also:
How do you contact us?
Choose one or more of the following contact methods below:
Recommended contact methods that are actively monitored for new oversight requests at most times:
Using Wikipedia's quick form – recommended if you have an account
If you have a Wikipedia account with email enabled, then use this form to directly post a request. (click here to enable account email)This is one of the fastest ways to request suppression. Please use a descriptive subject line.
Using your own email to send a message to us – recommended if you don't have a Wikipedia user account
If you don't have a Wikipedia account with email enabled, or if you prefer to use some other method of emailing, then you can send a request for suppression by emailing the required information to: oversight-en-wpwikipedia.org. (You may have to type the
Available, but not recommended with urgent situations, as these contact methods aren't guaranteed to be monitored reliably or nearly as often:
If you use IRC (tutorial), then you can ask for an oversighter, or for help finding an oversighter, in any of Wikipedia's official channels on Libera Chat. Visit the IRC channel listed below, and send the following stalkword as a message:
By direct personal contact
If you know an oversighter and can contact one directly, you may certainly do so. While oversight requests do not have to be submitted through any official route, never post an oversight request, or any pertinent information regarding an oversight request, to the oversighter's user talk page. If the oversighter you're trying to contact is not currently online or available, using one of the recommended methods listed above will ensure that an oversighter acts upon your request. A list of Wikipedia users who currently have the oversight user permissions can be viewed by clicking here.Consider using one of the recommended contact methods in addition to this method to make sure the request is seen as soon as possible.
Note: The suppression team does not respond to threats of harm. Such emergencies are dealt with as described at Wikipedia:Responding to threats of harm.