Contents 1 General information about the Wikimedia email facility 1.1 Enabling and disabling user email 1.2 Prohibiting email from specified users 2 Reposting emails publicly 3 Privacy issues and protecting personal information 4 Abuse handling 5 See also

General information about the Wikimedia email facility[edit] If you have set an email address in your User preferences, you can exchange emails with other users through the Wikipedia user interface. To do that, visit your correspondent's user page and follow the "Email this user" link in the "toolbox" on the left-side navigation menu. The email address you entered in your user preferences will appear as the "From" address of the mail, so the recipient will be able to reply. Users who have openly disclosed their email addresses can be emailed directly. However, Wikipedia doesn't encourage such open disclosure. Emailing users through Wikipedia is a privacy feature that protects your email address from spam. Wikipedia emails are sent immediately when you click on "send". You can set your preferences so that you'll also receive a copy of every email you send; if you don't choose this option, this can still be done for individual emails. It may be useful at times to leave a brief courtesy note on a recipient's talk page that you've sent them an email, as some users may not check their inbox regularly. A link to the email feature can be created in text or a signature by typing [[Special:EmailUser/Username]]. Enabling and disabling user email[edit] Shortcut WP:ENABLEEMAIL Email is disabled unless you specify a verified email address. This can be done either while setting up your account, or in "preferences", at any time. This is linked from the top-right of any page when you are logged in. If you are enabling your email, MediaWiki requires verification that the email address belongs to you. It will send a confirmation email with a link inside. When you click the link, it will confirm your email address. The confirmation link expires after about a week. See Help:Email confirmation. Once you have confirmed an email address, you may enable or disable email by visiting "my preferences" and checking or un-checking "Allow other users to email me". You can also prevent users without the autoconfirmed permissions level from emailing you by un-checking the "Allow emails from brand-new users" preference. Prohibiting email from specified users[edit] Screenshot of preference to prohibit emails from specified users If you have the email preference enabled, you can specify usernames which you do not want to be able to send you emails. These users will not see the "Email this user" link on your user page and will see a standard error message when using Special:EmailUser as if your entire email preference has been disabled. Emails triggered by watchlist and notifications are not affected by this preference.

Reposting emails publicly[edit] See also: Private correspondence - further information There is no formal consensus by the community at this time, regarding the reposting of private off-wiki correspondence to Wikipedia's public pages. However it is often likely to be unacceptable for legal reasons. Unlike edits and posts to Wikipedia's web pages, emails sent through the email facility are not automatically "freely" licensed by the sender, and therefore reposting would suggest to the world that the text is freely licensed for reuse and republication by its author, which is generally not the case. Users who feel they are allowed to repost text from an email (or other off-wiki source), or that it is right to do so, are advised to take caution and consult beforehand, to ensure they do not accidentally create a problem for themselves or a negative perception by doing so. This might involve consulting, or asking the sender if they will allow the email to be quoted under Wikipedia's license in a post on Wikipedia's discussion pages. Note that this only applies to reposting on Wikipedia and its sister sites – other forms of quoting which do not involve risk of copyright breach (such as forwarding the text to an administrator for advice, or quoting words or brief phrases in a way that constitutes Fair Use) are generally unaffected by this concern.

Privacy issues and protecting personal information[edit] Main pages: Wikipedia:Security and Wikipedia:Personal security practices Sending an email via the Special:EmailUser system will disclose your email address for the purposes of a reply, but no other information will be provided by the system to the recipient. (Note that emails sent this way are private – they are sent as written, as a private communication between willing parties who have agreed to send and receive emails.) If you receive an email via this feature, you do not have to reply, or you may reply on the user's talk page if you wish. Replying may be done in three ways: By using your usual email reply method (however you usually reply to emails) This will disclose whatever information your emails usually contain, including your email address. It may contain your IP address, or a signature line, or time zone, or the like. By visiting the user page of the sender, and using "Email this user" yourself This will disclose nothing except your email address. You can do this by visiting the sender's user page (their name will appear in the header or footer of the email), then selecting "Email this user" from the "toolbox" on the left of the page. By leaving them an on-wiki reply In some cases you may wish to leave a note on their Wikipedia talk page for example to say the email was received, or a brief reply. Since emails are usually sent as a private communication, it is often courteous to keep an on-wiki reply as brief and non-privacy breaching as possible, since the sender will usually expect a private reply.

Abuse handling[edit] Main page: Wikipedia:Harassment Shortcut WP:EMAILABUSE If you receive an objectionable email through this system, you should contact an administrator, possibly by email, to ask advice. In serious cases you may wish to escalate the matter, especially if there is a pattern of harassment involved. Please note the following: Do not post the email on-wiki without permission You should not post the email itself on the wiki without permission (although you can describe briefly in summary what it contains or shows). This is partly due to copyright concerns, given that Wikipedia pages can be re-used by anyone. For information on posting emails on Wikipedia in general, see WP:POSTEMAIL. You can prevent specific users from emailing you See Prohibiting email from specified users for instructions. Email can be disabled at any time See Enabling and disabling user email for instructions. Retain objectionable emails in case they are needed You may need to refer to them again. At a minimum, consider saving the email header and text for future reference. Do not disclose any personal information disallowed on Wikipedia Posting real names or email addresses not previously and voluntarily disclosed on Wikipedia can be considered outing. Such information may be communicated privately to the Arbitration Committee.

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