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This page documents a Miraheze global policy, this policy follows consensus and/or Staff guidelines. All Miraheze users should follow it, and changes made to it should be discussed on the talk page.


Miraheze's Counter Vandalism Team is a group of volunteer users dedicated to cleaning up vandalism and preventing it when possible. Anyone may act as part of the CVT as long as they play the part, but the official team currently consists of the global group's members.

A brief summary of the global group permissions would say that they are global sysops, except they have many miscellaneous permissions to assist them.

Note however that they specifically do not have global access to read private wikis, or access any CheckUser or oversight tools.

If you have an issue with a lock/block made by a CVT member, or you need to request one you can email cvt at miraheze.org (which also gets redirected to all Stewards)

Local interference

CVTs should only act in their CVT capacity if:

  • there is vandalism, spam or any type of clear disruption on the wiki and there are no local sysops or bureaucrats acting in a reasonable amount of time
  • the global Special:AbuseLog shows attempted spam that hasn't been dealt with by local sysops or bureaucrats
  • a request to remove spam is made by a member of the local community

In any other case CVTs should not interfere on any wiki in their CVT capacity, and in doubt should leave the matter to a Steward.

If there is consensus, a wiki can request to opt out of CVT, which prevents CVT members from taking action on that wiki. Meta is currently opted out from CVT.

Global actions

CVT members may not lock users unless they are clearly vandalizing or spamming multiple wikis. More complicated cases of disruption and not respecting local policies should be left to be dealt with by Stewards.

Technical capability

Members of CVT global group can do, among other things:

  • Block other users from editing
  • Search deleted pages
  • Delete pages
  • Edit pages protected as "Allow only administrators"
  • Change protection levels and edit cascade-protected pages
  • Quickly rollback the edits of the last user who edited a particular page
  • Undelete a page

Action log

A list of CVT member's actions is located on cvtwiki. The page is on the read whitelist and visible to all users.

Appointment

To be appointed CVT a request needs to be made at Requests for global rights. The community can discuss (support/oppose/abstain/comment) the request. The request will be considered successful if:

  • at least 10 users share their view
  • there is a support ratio of at least 80%
  • a period of one week has passed since it started

Revocation

The global community can initiate a vote of no confidence or a request of removal at any time. In order for it to pass it needs to:

  • at least 10 users share their view
  • there is a support ratio of at least 80%
  • a period of one week has passed since it started

A vote of no confidence or request for removal must include a reason for why users are requesting the removal of a CVT member, and it is not determined solely by the number of votes.

CVT members who do not participate in CVT duties in some form (countervandalism, locking abusive users, etc.) for 6 months will be deemed inactive and have their CVT rights revoked by a Steward.

Once a CVT member has their rights revoked for any reason, they must make a successful request that satisfies the criteria above in order to regain the rights.

See also

  • See this page for a list of cvt-member's global permissions
  • See this page for a list of members of the global group