Wikipedia:No legal threats

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When something happens on Wikipedia that makes a person unhappy, they should try to solve it by talking to the other people. Making legal threats will not help the problem, and may get the person blocked. This is because legal threats:

  1. Make a bad situation even worse by bringing real life concerns into it.
  2. Add stress to the community and especially to administrators, who have to decide what to do about it.
  3. Stops people from working on articles, especially from keeping then neutral. If one side is afraid of the other, it is hard to find a compromise.

Legal threats are very serious. If someone threatens to sue Wikipedia, they may actually do it. This would cause Wikipedia a lot of trouble and money. Making a legal threat can make other users afraid to change pages, or angry at you. There are usually better ways to solve the problem.

What if Wikipedia is breaking the law?[change | change source]

If you see something on Wikipedia that is breaking the law, remove it with a clear explanation in your edit summary of why you are removing it. If other users do not know why, they may put it back.

There are two main ways things on Wikipedia could break the law. If there is a page that needs to be deleted because it is a copyright violation, then tag it with {{qd|g12|(name of site)}} so that an administrator can delete it. If it is libellous, do the same with {{qd|g10}}. Raising the issue on the administrators' noticeboard should usually work to get attention. If there are concerns that need to stay private, please email Wikipedia.

Saying that you will sue Wikipedia will not help things, as it will raise the tension. If you ask politely and explain what needs to be fixed, people will listen to you. If you are threatening, you may be blocked for disruption.