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Go here to request cloaks, however.

  • I generally respond to messages on the talkpage of the sender, unless requested otherwise.
  • Please don't remove/revert things on here, as I like to see everything.
  • I always assume good faith, remain civil and try to be a catalyst, and I'd appreciate it if you did too.


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IRC cloak requestEdit


I am PatríciaR at pt:wp, and would like to request a cloak, "@wikipedia/PatriciaR". IRC nicks are PatriciaR and PatriciaR_. I asked User:Jdforrester but apparently this user has not edited anything here since November 5th, or on en:wp since September, so I don't know how often he checks his requests. Thank you! PatríciaR 17:40, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

Oh no! Not another IRC cloak request!Edit

I am User:Strykerz on en.wiki. I watch for channel trolls and talk a lot. Can i request a cloak on the nick Strykers on #wikipedia. I'd be happy to have @wikipedia/* or @/wikijunior ...


Yet another IRC cloak request :-/Edit

Hi, I am User:Vic226 on en.wikipedia.org, and I would like to request an IRC cloak for my IRC nickname (same as user name in Wikipedia). I'm assuming my preference would be @wikipedia/Vic226 because most people use that. Thanks a lot in advance! Vic226 03:08, 13 January 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:Requests for mediation/Jews for Jesus 2Edit

Good morning (GMT time); since you are currently my only supporter for my MedCom nomination, I thought you might like to check out my case page; I accepted it 4 days ago and it looks like it's over!

Hoping you are well

Anthonycfc [TC] 01:14, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

RE: Your bot cloaksEdit

Hey Xyrael, thanks for your message. The master nick is SWMTBot and all are linked; the requested nick is wikimedia/Tangotango/bot/SWMTBot. As for a non-Tangotango cloak, I'm not sure what real problems there are with it. If anything goes wrong with the bots, people can go over to the Small Wiki Monitoring Team page on meta and find out which bots are owned by whom; the situation is the same as now, as I only have control over SWMTBot, and none of the other bots owned by other SWMT members. (Besides, the bots do not operate outside of the Small Wiki Monitoring Team channels). If it helps accountability, I can also make the SWMTBot code display the owner in the "description" field. If this is acceptable, my requested cloak is wikimedia/bot/SWMTBot. Thanks a lot! Cheers, Tangotango 02:40, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

Thank you very much Xyrael! :D I'll make sure the bots don't go on a flooding rampage around freenode, so don't worry :P Cheers, Tangotango 01:40, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

error in IRC cloaks requestEdit

Hello, Xyrael. I requested IRC cloaks wikipedia/hashikure at [1], but it said "Could not establish connection to MySQL server." and request was failed. And now, I can no longer access the page. Is there any problem? --端くれの錬金術師 14:24, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

Today, I retried request and request is successfully entered! Sorry for spam. --端くれの錬金術師 03:34, 4 February 2007 (UTC)

Sysop rightsEdit

Hello, Xyrael
as a result of the unanimous election held on this page, you've been granted sysop status. Please list yourself in the sysop box. Thank you, M/ 15:02, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

I usually leave the voting page for allowing others to read, archiving the page is not really a priority. Ciao, M/

IRC cloaks for WikiversityEdit

Do you do IRC cloaks for accounts on Wikiversity? --HappyCamper 21:12, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

Ah, I see. How about for Wikipedia? Are these being done? --HappyCamper 02:04, 10 March 2007 (UTC)

IRC cloaks requestEdit


I am Rei-artur at pt:wp, to request a cloak, "@wikipedia/Rei-artur". the my IRC nicks is Rei-artur and Rei|away.

Thank you!--Rei-artur 18:46, 17 March 2007 (UTC)


Hi! Do I need to create an account to e-mail you? The Communication Projects Group/announcement got my interest, but it was pretty hard to find out, that in fact an application or such should be sent to you. This is a problem (finding it hardly), wich should be healed immediately, and I can help you in that :)) I'm a future communications expert, now in 3rd grade (7th semester) at here: [2]. I think I'm pretty prepared to do minor/medium tasks or coordination things, and/or participate in some big things also (someday), or translate :) I'm Vince from Hungarian Wikipedia. - User talk:Vince, E-mail

IRC Cloak correctionEdit

Hi Xyr! Can you please change my IRC Cloac "Wikipedia/Viele-baeren" into "Wikimedia/ABF" ? An other staff told me that this is possible, but that I have to ask you for Wikimedia Cloaks. Thank you, ABF 13:22, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Because the email wasn't workingEdit

  • Your real name: Nick Moreau
  • Your username on meta: Zanimum
  • Your IRC nickname on freenode: Zanimum_
  • Your e-mail address: nicholasmoreau@gmail.com
  • A list of the languages you can speak: English-3, French-1, Inukitut-1
  • Areas of interest in communications: Varied
  • A short bio about your work on Wikimedia projects: Comcom member, en.wp admin, iu.wp admin, en.wn admin, en.wn accredited reporter, meta.wm admin, some edits on all English projects, some edits on most languages of Wikipedia (guessing 120 of them)

IRC cloakEdit

Hello - I am en:User:Ugen64, and I filled out the IRC cloak request form, but your memo box was full so I couldn't send you the IRC memo to confirm that I own that IRC username. Anyway, I'll give you the other info anyway - if you need the memo to fulfill the request that's fine, I'll just try to send it another day.

Wiki username: ugen64
IRC nickname: ugen64
Requested cloak: wikipedia/ugen64
Diff link: [3]

Thanks - ugen64 04:45, 11 May 2007 (UTC)

IRC cloak requestEdit

Hey Sean,

I got a message that my IRC cloak was denied because the "instructions hadn't been followed". I followed all the instructions provided on your form, are there some elsewhere that I missed? Only a couple things I can think of if not...

  1. I used a user sandbox page on Wikipedia to make the diff instead of my user talk. Still with my username, still confirms identity, certainly can't imagine such a pedantic thing would've mattered!
  2. Initially, when I tried to send you the memo, it was full. However, I held off sending the form, and later in the day it went through. (Or at least MemoServ said it went through!) I only sent the form after that, so you certainly should've had the memo.

I'll be happy to resubmit, if you need, but I'm rather at a loss as to what I might've done wrong. Seraphimblade 17:32, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

Note to self: all above this point dealt with.

IRC cloak requestEdit

I am Holek_ on freenode and I would like the cloak wikimedia/Holek. Thanks. You said above to go to your toolserv page, but there is a field for diff in editions on your talk page. ;) --Hołek ҉ 20:30, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

cloak request status?Edit

Hi, I requested a cloak on May 7 [4] and haven't heard anything about it since then. Is there a problem? --en:User:infoCan 16:20, 21 May 2007 (UTC)

Hi, thank for your reply. I just did a /who on myself, and it still displays my address. Something must be wrong. Did you set the cloak for infoCan ? --en:User:infoCan 14:36, 22 May 2007 (UTC)
Excuse my ignorance, I looked around but couldn't figure it out, could you point me to instructions on how to activate it? --en:User:infoCan 18:09, 22 May 2007 (UTC)
Works now. Thanks! You may want to put these instructions on the page about getting a cloak. --en:User:infoCan 19:13, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

click here?Edit

Your "click here to leave me a message" has pointed at a redirect until recently - you might want to check the history (and sorry for the abbreviation i used in an edit summary, i realized later it might be mistaken as incivility) --Random832 04:23, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

IRC againEdit

Please continue to participate in the ongoing discussion at Talk:IRC guidelines/wikipedia. --Random832 11:50, 26 June 2007 (UTC)

Also, Talk:IRC guidelines/wikipedia/archive 1#The long answer was archived, but I don't believe you have read it. I think you should read it. --Random832 11:52, 26 June 2007 (UTC)


I would like to suggest that you deprecate (mark historical, mark rejected, whatever it is you do on meta) the guidelines as they are right now, and you actually get on IRC and get people who know the channel to help write a new guideline document. These guidelines aren't bad per se (there are one or two problems but nothing big), so normally they could be tweaked, except for the fact they have an air of illegitimacy that's going to be hard to get rid of, so 'on the ground' the good gets thrown out with the bad. And, seriously, if you're going to be our group contact, would it kill you to come on and say hi once in a while? Try being active in the channel for a while. Get a feel for it. --Random832 03:20, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

  • Yeah... this is good advice. Why are you ignoring it, IRC contact? --W.marsh 19:42, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

FatMan IRCEdit

I am new to IRC and am having trouble with the directions for setting up a cloak (for my Wikipedia ID:"The Fat Man Who Never Came Back") My first problem is that I don't understand how to register a Nick on freenode, as described here. Where exactly do I enter commands such as "/msg nickserv register <your-password>"? I have mIRC and have just started to use it. Do I need to enter that command into a certain window, or connect to a certain channel in order to register with Freenode. Thanks for any help you are able to offer; sorry for my ignorance.--TheFatManWhoNeverCameBack 16:38, 29 July 2007 (UTC)

User:Cometstyles was able to answer all my questions. I know how have a generic cloak, but I'm still waiting for you to grant me my official Wikipedia cloak (I have filled out the form as instructed on this page[5]). Thanks.--TheFatManWhoNeverCameBack 19:58, 29 July 2007 (UTC)

Another cloak reqEdit

Sorry to bug you, but I couldn't send the memo on the Freenode IRC, it said you were at the maxumum number. When you get a chance, can you cloak me? I submitted a request through your form. I'm Dreadstar on IRC, under the master name of Chaoswheel. Thanks so much! Dreadstar 01:55, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

IRC cloak requestEdit

I am Arrowsmaster on freenode and I would like the cloak wikipedia/Arrowsmaster. Thanks. -- 15:14, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

We couldn't find the message sent to bot. It appears that it was not sent.Edit

Hi, Thanks for running this, the automation is easier than when my husband did this same thing, way back when... However, I appear to be stuck on step 5... It is saying the bot did not receive the message but I saw it in IRC... se this record of what the bot said ... the bot did respond to the message so I captured that. How should I proceed now? I can honestly check all the check boxes on step 5 :) Epousesquecido 03:08, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

Translating IRC-Cloak Tool to GermanEdit

Hi Sean, I am not sure if you are the right person to speak to but at least you can tell me who is. I would like to translate the IRC-Cloak-Tool to German and I dont know how that is possible (if it is possible). Kind regards, -- ShaggeDoc talk 10:05, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

I have offerd my help also a few days ago, but at least Codeisporetry has done so. ;) Regards, ABF
Code and me :) See discussion on de.wiki. -- ShaggeDoc talk 20:46, 6 February 2008 (UTC)


Hello could put me as +op in the channel #wikinews-pt, I am administrator of the wikinews in Portuguese now I thank my cloack is @wikimedia/Sir-Lestaty-de-Lioncourt and my nick in irc is Sir_Lestaty. Thanks Sir Lestaty de Lioncourt 09:51, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

IRC cloak requestEdit

Hi, I am hu:User:Bennó at hu:wp to request a cloak: "@wikipedia/Benno". My IRC nick is only "Benno" (for back and away).

The nick is registered, but hasn't been used in a very long time. The Freenode FAQ says that if you ask a staffer, we'll be happy to manually drop the one you want so that you can re-register it. Since you are a staffer, I ask you and hope you will be happy to manually drop that one for me. :) Lot of Thx in advance!! Bennó 21:22, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Cloak requestEdit

Hi Sean. I made a cloak request using the tool a couple of days ago. Do you know how long it takes to be activeated? My WP and IRC name is Matthewedwards. Regards, Matthewedwards 22:10, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

IRC cloak requestEdit

Hello Sean Whitton, I'm trying to request a Wikimedia cloak via the automated service. However, everytime I try to confirm everything, I get this:

We couldn’t find the message sent to bot. It appears that it was not sent.

Incomplete requests will be stored for three days before being discarded, so you can return later to complete this request from this computer in that time frame.

I've already sent the message to the bot. I obtained this reply from the bot:

Message successfully processed. Your cloak will be set manually soon.
— wmfgcbot.

Did I made a mistake, or can I make the request here? If possible, I'll like to request the cloak Wikimedia/Macy. My nick on freenode is Macy and Macy_. Thank you. Macy 00:15, 4 August 2008 (UTC)


Hi, I sent for you a msg logged on nick of Sirbot, you received? I have few time on net because of a wikibreak. Thanks a lot Sir Lestaty discuţie 06:04, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

IRC cloack requestEdit

Hi, my username is Dferg: w:es:Usuario:Dferg, w:en:User:Dferg, w:fr:Utilisateur:Dferg, User:Dferg commons:User:Dferg. I would like to request the cloack "@WIKIMEDIA/DFERG". I could not be able to request it on the automatic page, it appears the following message: Could not establish connection to MySQL server.

Best regards. --Dferg (talk) 14:03, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

Dumps in RussianEdit

Good Morning, Mr. Whitton. I would like to ask u about dumps in russian. The thing is that my company used them regularly, but since June Wiki has stopped making them. Is there any service, that could produce them for us (maybe for some money)? We don't need everything - only ruwiki and tables. Lizukin 07:21, 23 September 2008 (UTC) 07:09, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

IRC Cloak Request errorEdit

When I try to use the bot to register for a cloak, it's given me the following error message: Logical_Premise is not a valid username. Incomplete requests will be stored for three days before being discarded, so you can return later to complete this request from this computer in that time frame.

Logical Premise is my unified login. I'd like a wikimedia cloak , of wikimedia/LogicalPremise, and I'm sorry to disturb you, but I tried the bot for 10 minutes with every combination that made sense with no result. --Logical Premise 23:50, 3 October 2008 (UTC)


Hi. I am trying to request a cloak to freenode chat. I've done everything, but how do I send a message to that friendly "bot?" Where do I go to do to send this message? Please answer on my talk page on Wikipedia, User:Marshall Williams2. Thanks. --Marshall Williams2 01:38, 3 November 2008 (UTC)


I would like to know how to help a japanese imperial army go home in japan.

Please send me a detail procedure.

My email address is haruiche_furuya @yahoo.com

Thank you and more power.

Still waiting for cloak to arriveEdit

Hi Sean, two weeks ago I requested a cloak, but it hasn't arrived yet. Also asked it here, but maybe he's on a holiday. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance, JacobH 10:12, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

Bot down for cloaks?Edit

[15:47] -> *wmfgcbot* !reqcloak e16215960c43c3ba65189532........ - wmfgcbot No such nick/channel -

Is there a bot problem?

Problem requesting an IRC cloakEdit

(cross posted from help desk)

I'm trying to register and get a IRC cloak for using the Wikipedia IRC channels. I've registered as Pyrspirit and connected it to an email address and alternate nick, and I'm trying to complete the steps at the cloak request page. I'm currently stuck at step 5, which is checking that all steps have been completed. It gives the following message:

We couldn’t find the message sent to bot. It appears that it was not sent or was sent using a wrong nickname.

Incomplete requests will be stored for three days before being discarded, so you can return later to complete this request from this computer in that time frame.

I've tried sending the message it specified (/msg wmfgcbot !reqcloak [confirmation code]) several times, but it doesn't seem to work. I've never used IRC before, so I'm not sure what to try next. Why isn't this working? Pyrospirit (talk · contribs) 16:19, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

A cloak requestEdit


I want a cloak. My IRC nickname is rocketmaster000.

I always use that nickname. 13:11, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

IRC cloak requestEdit

Hello, I would like to ask you to create an IRC cloak "@wikipedia/Animist" for me.

  • Real name: Vladimir Zapolskiy
  • Username on meta: Animist
  • IRC nickname on freenode: animist
  • A list of the languages you can speak: Russian-n, English-3
  • I have more than 3K edits in wikipedia-ru, and I'm getting ready to use an approved toolserver account.

Thank you in advance, Animist 21:45, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

User rightsEdit

Please sign see here if you wish to continue holding user rights here. Thanks, Majorly talk 15:12, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

IRC cloakEdit

Hi, you rejected my request for an IRC cloak; however, I don't know which step I missed. I registered my nick "SUL" with an e-mail address and linked the alternate nick "SUL_". Please could you tell me what I need to do to get a cloak? Thanks. SUL 15:59, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

The same question I ask to you, which step? Regards. Volklodak 18:05, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

WMF account requestEdit

Thanks for your consideration of my request for an account on the WMF-wiki. I'd like to, respectfully, ask you to reconsider. I'm a trusted user on WMF projects that has never been blocked, never been tagged with a warning and who is a respected admin on a popular wiki. I am a firm believer in enabling people who read English but who don't have a great vocabulary and can become confused by complex language and spelling/grammar errors on the wiki. I am 41 years old and have 5 university degrees, I am unlikely to abuse editing privileges on the wiki. Thank you. fr33kman t - c 23:32, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

Request for Wikimedia Foundation accountEdit

Hello. Can you please erect an account by the name of Launchballer on the Wikimedia Foundation, please?--Launchballer 16:28, 26 July 2009 (UTC)

Requests belong on WMFACCOUNT. Cbrown1023 talk 16:34, 26 July 2009 (UTC)

IRC cloakEdit

Hi. I would like to request an IRC cloak. How do I go about it? I'm an active user in the English Wikipedia. BejinhanTalk 06:57, 4 September 2009 (UTC)

Can IRC channel ownership be revoked from its founder?Edit


Can ownership of #wikipedia-<some-2-letters> chanell be revoked from its founder, if community or Arbcom decide so? I see that there is group of people (IRC/Group Contacts), and You are one of them, who are liaisons between the Wikimedia community and the staff of the freenode IRC network. Can this group talk to Freenode people in case of serious breach of rules by the chanell founder? --NeverMindTheName 08:24, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

P.S. - I apologise for writing anonymously (I just registered this username). --NeverMindTheName 08:25, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

Notice of review of adminshipEdit


In accordance with Meta:Administrators/Removal and because you have made fewer than ten logged actions over the past six months, your adminship is under review at Meta:Administrators/Removal/October 2009. If you would like to retain your adminship, please sign there before 2009-10-9. Kind regards, —Anonymous DissidentTalk 15:19, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

A cloak requestEdit


I want a cloak. My IRC nickname is Monson.

I always use that nickname. Dreitmen 03:35, 6 January 2010 (UTC)

Ownership and use of the #wikipedia-hr channelsEdit

Sean, we have an issue on the Croatian IRC channel #wikipedia-hr where the founder of the channel is the steward Dungodung, and he has been managing other user rights. No one in the Croatian wiki space user or admin have the founder flag. I believe that the community that is gathered around the Croatian Wikipedia project are quite capable of managing the #wikipeida-hr and other channels associated with the project Considering the policy that is used on meta http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_Group_Contacts states that "...The contacts have a policy of staying out of channel affairs and letting individual channels run themselves unless it becomes absolutely necessary for them to intervene. This is because most channels have their own communities, and it wouldn't work to have the contacts micro-managing every single Wikimedia-related channel out there..." I agree that stewards need to step in from time to time. They have a care taking role but in service to the community. The Croatian wiki users are wishing to regulate their own affairs on the IRC channel, can this be rectified as soon as possible.


Vodomar 07:30, 15 January 2010 (UTC)

This message would have been useful had you written the whole history. I'm not the founder as a steward, but as a GC. I intervened because the situation at the channel is so awful that you guys cannot agree who you want to be your owner. So, as an intermediary solution, this had to happen. --FiliP ██ 09:16, 15 January 2010 (UTC)
Ok, I will get the whole history to you within a day. But to state the the "situation at the channel is so awful" is condescending remark to the people who work and devote their time to the Croatian wikipedia. It is fine to be a caretaker, but then the channel needs to be given back to the community who are quite capable in looking after it. Vodomar 10:20, 15 January 2010 (UTC)
Hi there Vodomar. Let's be clear: dungodung is acting as an IRC contact /not/ as a Steward here. I encourage you to talk to dungodung about how he runs the channel - perhaps you can arrange to have some other users given operator priviledges if it is necessary. If you can't resolve things then send me an e-mail, but from what I have observed myself, the channel is far from ideal and needs some form of guidance. Thanks. —Sean Whitton / 16:06, 16 January 2010 (UTC)

Request to Recover CloakEdit

Hi Sean, I have been an admin for quite a while and previously had a cloak which I believe was wikipedia/JodyB. I have been gone for several months, changed computers and such, and am re-configuring my new stuff. Anyway I think I need to have my cloak reinstated or be reminded how to access it. Your help would be appreciated. Thanks JodyB 11:49, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

Notice of review of adminshipEdit


In accordance with [[]Meta:Administrators/Remova]l and because you have made fewer than ten logged actions over the past six months, your adminship is under review at Meta:Administrators/Removal/April 2010. If you would like to retain your adminship, please sign there before 2010-04-11. Kind regards, Ottava Rima (talk) 17:05, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

IRC cloakEdit

Dear Sean Whitton,

Can you please set up an IRC cloak for me (Peter17@wikipedia/Peter17)? I have ~15k edits on fr.wikipedia [6].

Thanks in advance. Yours sincerely. Peter17 10:13, 1 October 2010 (UTC)

Notice of removal of adminshipEdit

Hello. I regret to inform you that, in accordance with Meta:Administrators/Removal and as a result of your inactivity, administrator rights have been removed from your account. Please see Meta:Administrators/Removal/October 2010 for details. Kind regards, --dferg ☎ talk 14:32, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

Your account will be renamedEdit

04:15, 18 March 2015 (UTC)