Countervandalism Network/Cloaks

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The countervandalism network
is a distinct group. It is neither
affiliated with nor managed by the
Wikimedia Foundation.

On freenode, the network which hosts the Wikimedia IRC channels, an IRC hostmask cloak replaces the display of your IP address or host name with a cloak. For example, jvol@ could become ajvol@wikimedia/Alexander-Sigachov in several IRC-related messages (/who, /whois, and various join/part/quit notifications, depending on the client of the person seeing the notification). Many people make use of cloaks because an exposed IP can often be considered sensitive and private information. Note that they have no effect on nicknames.

Purposes of a cloak[edit]

  • Verification on IRC: The primary reason to wear a cloak is to prove that you are the user on-wiki who you say you are on IRC. For example, Furries' countervandalism/staff/Sactage cloak shows that he is who he says he is, as you cannot add a fake cloak onto yourself.
  • Privacy: They are also a way to hide your hostname for security and privacy reasons. Freenode provides an "unaffiliated" cloak to those without a cloak for a particular project. (Note: Unaffiliated cloaks will not hide hostnames for users using the client. Project cloaks do work with webchat, and unaffiliated cloaks will work with other clients).

Gaining a cloak[edit]

We currently give out countervandalism/* cloaks for users where the asterisk stand for the username. If you want such a cloak, please sign in the Requests-section below.

We also grant cvn/* and cvn/bot/* for bot accounts used in the countervandalism network.

Users who request such cloaks should show some affiliation to the countervandalism network.


Please request a cloak here and then join #countervandalismconnect and link to this request.


  • I'm User:Barras and request the cloak "countervandalism/Barras" for my IRC account Barras. -Barras talk 22:18, 8 August 2012 (UTC)
New request
  • I'm User:AlexakaAlex and request the cloak "countervandalism/AlexakaAlex" for my IRC account AlexakaAlex. I am affiliated with the countervandalism network by my CVN account.--AlexakaAlex (talk) 23:34, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
That one should actually be set. -Barras talk 18:57, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Im User:M4r51n and i request for the cloak "countervandalism/M4r51n" for my irc account M4r51n. --M4r51n (talk) 18:35, 30 January 2013 (UTC)
And done. -Barras talk 20:25, 30 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I'm User:Tucoxn and request the cloak "countervandalism/tucoxn" for my IRC account tucoxn. -Tucoxn (talk) 13:06, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
Done. -Barras talk 14:30, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
  • I'm User:Derpian and request the cloak "countervandalism/Derpian" for my IRC nick Derpian. Derpian (talk) 04:51, 31 July 2013 (UTC)
 Not done - Sorry, you only have very few edits even though you are around for almost one year. Almost none of your edits show an affiliation to cvn-work. -Barras talk 10:15, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
  • I'm Sawyerz, and I'd like to request the "countervandalism/Sawyerz" cloak for my IRC nick "Sawyerz" Sawyerzz (talk) 18:09, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done - Cloak set. User trusted on wikia. -Barras talk 18:16, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
I sent you a memo, please get back to me. -Barras talk 22:25, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
Cloak set. countervandalism/Randomized on Randomized as per chat on IRC. -Barras talk 22:14, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I'm User:Goldenburg111 and request the cloak "countervandalism/Goldenburg111" for my IRC account Goldenburg111. --Goldenburg111 21:18, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
countervandalism/Klintrin? You mean countervandalism/Goldenburg111, right? -Barras talk 22:25, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
Wow, sorry. Yes, I mean Goldenburg111. --Goldenburg111 22:30, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done -Barras talk 12:08, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I'm User:Retox and request the cloak "countervandalism/Deputron" for my IRC account retox_. Retox (talk) 02:58, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done -Barras talk 12:08, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done - countervandalism/Lil-Miss-Rarity. -Barras talk 21:22, 15 March 2014 (UTC)