The countervandalism network
is a distinct group. It is neither
affiliated with nor managed by the
To prevent abuse in the countervandalism channels, users must confirm a legitimate Wikimedia account before they can talk or give bot commands in one of the #cvn* channels. This policy is intended to prevent abuse, not restrict access by legitimate Wikimedians.
Note that very new Wikimedia accounts (often those with fewer than 300 edits) or accounts with a history of abuse may be refused at staffer discretion. Also note that all users are welcome to idle in any channel at anytime. This procedure is entirely optional! These channels are not owned by Wikipedia's Counter-Vandalism Unit or Wikipedia itself, and the policies and procedures set in the channel are set by the Countervandalism network.
- Before you can request access, you must register your nickname and log in.
- Type "
/nick theusernameyouwantgoeshere" to switch to that username,
register by typing "
/msg nickserv register yourpassword youremail".
To keep your email address private, type: "
/msg nickserv set hidemail on"
To keep others from using your name while you're offline, type: "
/msg nickserv set enforce on"
In the future, you must login by typing "
/msg nickserv identify yourpasswordgoeshere" (some clients can do this automatically when you connect).
- List your name in the format shown under "Request Queue" below. Unconfirmed users cannot issue bot commands in the channel.
- Join #countervandalism, and say "
!staff I am wiki [[User:YOURUSERNAME]], and I'd like to request voice for #cvn-CHANNELHERE". This way you notify channel operators that you'd like to request access. Please be patient; sometimes no operator is available.
Once you're confirmed, you will be automatically voiced in the channel when you join. Note that users who don't access the channel for four months may be removed from the access list. In rare cases, an operator may require further identification or defer to one of the higher-access operators.
Any user's access may be revoked at any time at operators' discretion. Users may appeal to channel staff if they believe they have been treated unfairly.
Add yourself to the list using the format