If you want to use a certain nickname on the network and don't want anyone else to take it, and also to be added to a channel's access list, you must register your nickname with the network. You can do so by typing (in any window):
/msg nickserv register password email@example.com
, of course substituting password
for any password of your choosing, and firstname.lastname@example.org
with your email address. Follow the steps (including clicking a confirmation link in an email). Then configure your IRC client to send an identify message upon login, such as
/msg nickserv identify password
As on Wikipedia itself, you can use IRC with a name that hides your IP address
, and allows you to remember your preferred settings. If you have any special access rights to any channel, those will be remembered under your name too. On IRC these are two separate matters – registering
a nickname is quick and easy (like on Wikipedia itself), and that name is then password protected for your own use, and cloaking
is the request to have the account configured to hide its IP address from other users. These matters are all covered in the IRC tutorial
To request that your IRC account be cloaked, send the following private message:
/msg wmopbot cloak
. Group Contacts
then process these by hand. Cloaking is optional, but a good idea.
Cloak requests typically take several weeks to process.
The following are the requirements necessary to obtain a cloak:
- User must have a verified e-mail address (throwaway/disposable emails are not acceptable)
- User must have at least 250 edits on Wikimedia projects
- User must have a Wikimedia project account registered for at least three months
- User must not be actively blocked from a project
Note that anonymity is maintained with more difficulty on IRC than on Wikipedia. Without a hostmask
, your IP address will be visible, and indexed on some Internet websites. Even with a hostmask, your IP address is at risk to be revealed due to the nature of the IRC protocol (due to the effects of a "ghost" session). If you are concerned about your anonymity, you may wish to consult with someone familiar with IRC.
Another straightforward way of guaranteeing anonymity on IRC (and elsewhere) is to subscribe with a VPN
service provider. This will re-route all your Internet
traffic and effectively replace your IP address with the service providers.
may be used to connect. Libera Chat provides an onion service under libera75jm6of4wxpxt4aynol3xjmbtxgfyjpu34ss4d7r7q2v5zrpyd.onion
but authentication using SASL EXTERNAL
is mandatory. Tor access to the clearnet
) is blocked.
There are several Wikimedia channels which are purposefully logged. Some of them are listed here:
List of applications and web clients
Most people needing live help editing Wikipedia
can access IRC easily by clicking here: #wikipedia-en-help connect
. Web-based IRC is a good choice for first-time IRC users, for portable use, and for those who cannot, or prefer not to, install
- Web clients
- Most desktop operating systems (including Windows, macOS, and Linux/*nix)
- Mobile IRC clients
IRC error: Unable to join channel (invite only)
This error occurs when you attempt to join a non-public channel (see non-public channels
, below). If you know that you have access to a non-public channel and you still receive this error, the simplest fix is to ask ChanServ for an invite (see /msg ChanServ help invite
for more info). If you have a cloak, you can ask a channel op to add an invex (+I) on your cloak so that you do not need to ask ChanServ for invites each time you need to join the channel.
If, however, you know you both have access to the non-public channel and
you know that you have an invex (+I) on your cloak for that channel, your client might be automatically joining the channel before authenticating. Double-check to make sure your client is set up according to Libera Chat's connection guide
, and configure your client to log in when you connect
Once you are connected to the Libera Chat IRC network, you can choose which public channels you join and which chats you engage in. If you are authorized to join non-public channels then you can take part in those too. Consider also requesting a cloak
to mask your IP address and give other users confidence that you are the Wikipedia user you claim to be.
In general on IRC, each channel operates autonomously and each has its own norms and policies—these may cover conduct (including civility, appropriate topics, and language), on/off-topic chat, who may join, and who may be asked to leave. Each channel is autonomous and in general there is no appeal from a decision by the operators of that channel to an outside body (which may have any or no reason), so it is worth checking the channel norms and rules before accidentally making a mistake of conduct. That said, in general most channels used by Wikimedia communities are friendly and do have people you can contact in case of problems.
(See problems and help
Once connected, some users stay logged-in to the chatrooms whenever they are on Wikipedia, and check in on the discussions from time to time, to read what has been accumulating there and to participate. Some programs used for chatting notify you whenever there is activity in a chat room so you will not miss anything. Often, users jump onto a chat room to draw the attention of others there of something on Wikipedia that needs attention.
A number of non-public channels exist, to which access is limited. The best known of these on English Wikipedia is the administrators' channel, but others exist also for groups such as the arbitration committee
and account creator
collaboration. Access to these channels requires use of a registered account, described previously. If you are part of a given group that has a non-public channel, you can request access so that you can join.
Steps to getting access to non-public channels:
- Request it — Post a new request under pending requests for access, at the end of this page, providing your registered IRC account and links evidencing access.
- Get it — A channel operator will then drop by to give you access to the channel. Alternatively, ask in #wikimedia-ops, using the !ops keyword to get attention.
- Use it — Once your request is complete, you can invite yourself to the channel using ChanServ's INVITE command as long as you've identified to NickServ. (See /msg NickServ HELP IDENTIFY and /msg ChanServ HELP INVITE for more information.)
- (Optional) In order to gain automatic access to a non-public channel (i.e. without having to use the ChanServ's INVITE command each time), you should first obtain a cloak. From there, simply ask an op on the channel to add an invex (+I) for your cloak. If you already have a cloak when requesting access, ops will typically add an invex for you at the same time they're giving you access, but if you obtain a cloak after gaining access or you change your cloak after gaining access, you can typically reach the channel's ops by using either the !ops keyword or requesting assistance in #wikimedia-ops.