|If you are a user who has a request for suppression, please note that details should not be posted in public. Email oversightwikidata.org or a local oversighter privately.|
Oversight or suppression refers to hiding revisions, user names in edit histories and logs, or portions of individual log entries. This access is available to oversighters (those in the 'oversight' or 'stewards' user groups). Oversighted data can only be viewed and restored by oversighters.
'Oversight' and 'suppression' are often used interchangeably; 'oversight' is derived from the older oversight extension, which is being deprecated in favour of the more flexible suppression feature in the MediaWiki core on Wikimedia wikis, and is not used on Wikidata.
|Oversighters as of January 2021 (edit)|
In emergencies (e. g. when no local oversighter is available), oversight requests can be referred to the stewards, who can be contacted at stewardswikimedia.org.
The Oversight feature is approved for use in four cases:
- Removal of non-public personal information such as phone numbers, home addresses, workplaces or identities of pseudonymous or anonymous individuals who have not made their identity public, or of public individuals who have not made that personal information public. This includes hiding the IP data of editors who accidentally logged out and thus inadvertently revealed their own IP addresses.
- Removal of potentially libelous information either: on the advice of Wikimedia Foundation counsel or when the case is clear, and there is no editorial reason to keep the revision.
- Removal of copyright violations on the advice of Wikimedia Foundation counsel.
- Hiding of blatant attack names on automated lists and logs, where this does not disrupt edit histories. A blatant attack is one obviously intended to denigrate, threaten, libel, insult, or harass someone.
Note: Not all things which qualify under the above criteria must necessarily be oversighted.
Stewards can perform local oversighting in emergencies, during crosswiki oversighting, or if there are no local oversighters available.
The request must remain open for at least two weeks. After gaining consensus, and with at least 25 support votes and 80% of votes in favour, a bureaucrat will close the discussion and request access on meta:Permissions with a link to the discussion. On Wikidata, only existing local administrators are eligible to request oversight access. It is highly recommended to be identified to the Wikimedia Foundation before applying for access, although this can be done after the request is closed as successful.
There is a private IRC channel (#wikimedia-privacy) to which all stewards and oversighters who use IRC should have access. Contact any channel member to gain access; a channel manager will grant permanent access. Ask a steward if you need help gaining access.
There is a private mailing list (mail:wikidata-oversight) for case discussion and announcements. Only Wikidata oversighters are eligible to subscribe. At the request of the WMF, the emails are not publicly or privately archived on the servers.
Removal of accessEdit
Removal of oversight access can happen in any of the following circumstances:
- By resignation;
- After a successful request for removal of access, which can also be followed if the rights are not used for an extended period. These requests are considered successful if at least one third of the voters are in support of removal;
- If administrator access is lost, such as due to inactivity.
Due to how the oversight functionality is implemented currently, item/property oversight deletes (suppressed deletes) are not reflected in the recent changes stream and third party tools synchronizing content with Wikidata may not be aware of it. Due to that, until these technical limitations are resolved, after doing oversight delete of the item or property, please notify the maintainers of the Wikidata Query Service (IRC channel #wikimedia-discovery for the Discovery team) about the action. The only thing needs to be communicated is the affected item's ID (e.g. Q666). In case the maintainers are not available, please ask any of the Ops on IRC channel #wikimedia-operations to manually update the affected IDs on WDQS production machines.
See phab:T105427 for more technical details.
- Oversight policy at MetaWiki
- Wikidata:Requests for permissions/Oversight, for requesting access.
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