The countervandalism network
is a distinct group. It is neither
affiliated with nor managed by the
On IRC, a hostname cloak replaces the display of your IP address or IP hostname with a cloak. These hostnames are typically displayed in join/part/quit messages, and in the output of "WHO" or "WHOIS" commands.
firstname.lastname@example.org could become
Purposes of a cloak
People typically use cloaks in order to hide their IP (which can be considered sensitive and private), to promote their activity with a project, or to prove their on-wiki identity. Note: A cloak will not securely hide your IP completely. There are ways around it. If you are concerned about exposing your real IP address, use Tor or a VPN.
Gaining a cloak
The simplest way to get a cloak is to use the self-service bot in the
#libera-cloak channel (see instructions). This will instantly give you a generic
@user/irc-username cloak. There are also
@wikipedia and other cloaks available via IRC/Cloaks.
To get a
@countervandalism cloak, follow the below request process.
Countervandalism cloaks are temporarily unavailable. Ask in
#countervandalism for more information.