The countervandalism network
is a distinct group. It is neither
affiliated with nor managed by the
The Countervandalism Network aims to help clean up vandalism on wikis run by the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikia by providing tools and services that assist in removing vandalism, providing advice on dealing with vandals, and sharing information with other members who deal with the same issues.
The network is managed by a volunteer group of staff selected from the CVN community.
Documented on this page are the general procedures for CVN users, including local channel operators, staff, and senior staff.
Local operators are generally trusted users both on IRC and on a local project. They have the ability to permanently voice channel users. Once a user is voiced in a CVN channel, they are able to command the bots. Some basic IRC knowledge is required of channel operators, including opping, voicing and setting flags (information also available here and here).
Staff and senior staff have channel access in all CVN channels. Generally, in respect to local authority, staff will not use their access when there are local operators available to act. However, if there are no local users available, staff may assign whatever access is required.
There is a central channel, #countervandalism, which is the best way to contact staff directly. They are voiced (marked with a +) in the channel. You may also use !staff to instruct CVN-ClerkBot to ping all staff members in a channel. Basic channel operations (assigning channel flags, changing the topic, etc.), will be given to your IRC account. For advanced operations (anything requiring the +s or +F flags), you must log into the cvn-gc IRC account.
When staff modify access, it is important to verify that the IRC account requesting access is the correct wiki user. This can for example be done with a Wikipedia or Wikimedia cloak. This avoids the possibility of impersonation. If the user has no cloak or one that can't be verified, then ask the user to sign Countervandalism Network/Verification; the diff will then be used for any further requests. Staff may also log the action on the countervandalism wiki.
A wiki exists for coordination of countervandalism users, and is accessible to all. It is located at http://countervandalism.net/. Here you can view the log of channel access changes and reports on various bots.
There are also two mailing lists for the Countervandalism Network:
The former is public and readable by anyone (subscribe to add messages, no confirmation needed), and is useful for updates. The latter is for coordination of cvn staff and therefore has its access restricted to approved users only.
The IRC channel #countervandalism is also useful for real-time communication. Staff are voiced (+v).
A number of bots have been setup to run on the CVN related IRC channels to automate tasks and to perform maintenance. A list of the countervandalism related bots can be seen on the bots page.
- See also Infrastructure
Most of the applications run by CVN are hosted in Wikimedia Labs, including various web tools at cvn.wmflabs.org.