Wikipedia:WikiProject IPv6 Readiness

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Welcome to WikiProject IPv6 Readiness. This project is an effort to prepare Wikipedia, and all its various user-created tools, for the continued deployment of the new IPv6 internet addressing protocol.

During the world launch of IPv6 on 6 June 2012, internet service providers began deploying IPv6 addresses on a limited basis. It was estimated that 1% of all internet users would be using IPv6 addresses at the time of the launch. The Wikimedia Foundation deployed the protocol on its production wikis in preparation, the core MediaWiki software itself having been made compatible beforehand. This WikiProject coordinates the continued effort to ensure that Wikipedia's community-created tools and policies, and the community's education, keep up with the continued broadening of IPv6 deployment among internet users.

If you have questions about IPv6 as it relates to Wikipedia's use, regarding editing or administrative tasks (such as blocking), you are invited to ask on the talk page. If you would like to help, join the project and see the to-do list below.

Editors with names like 2001:718:1E03:5184:8CA3:8DDA:38D5:6D2B are, in most cases, unregistered contributors editing from an IP address. These users should not be blocked for username violations.

IPv6 addresses can contain most any combination of digits as well as characters from A through F, so certain recognizable words may also appear (e.g. DEAD, BEEF, BABE and CAFE are somewhat common).

Editors still could register names that look similar. Before reporting or blocking such a user for username violations, check to make sure a name of this form is actually a registered account.


Decomposition of an IPv6 address into its binary form
Logo for IPv6 released by the Internet Society.
  • Fully prepare on-wiki scripts and toolserver tools for the continued broadening of IPv6 deployment by internet service providers.
  • Fully prepare Wikipedia's policies to accommodate IPv6.
  • Explain how/why users can convert to IPv6 (and include how users may, unknowingly, already be converted under various OSes and proxying networks...)



  •  ? (TBD)

Open tasks[edit]

Update user scripts[edit]

Note: See here for tips.

  • Twinkle; also, it may have to stop giving "if this is a shared IP address" disclaimers with warnings to IPv6 users, which almost never share IPs.
  • Any custom user scripts that deal with user IP addresses
    • Such as the CIDR range contributions search script

Update Wikimedia Labs scripts[edit]

Note: This list should be updated to specify exactly which scripts require updating.

  • Edit counting scripts
  • Rangeblock-calculating scripts
  • User comparison scripts

Update bots[edit]

Update standalone software[edit]

Update templates and offsite links[edit]

  • Convert {{anontools}} to use services which use IPv6
  • Find an IPv6 Geolocator

Construct and update policies for dealing with IPv6[edit]


Please feel free to add yourself here, and to indicate any areas of particular interest.

  1. Jasper Deng (talk · contribs) - one of initial founders of project, wrote User:Jasper Deng/IPv6.20:11, 25 March 2012 (UTC)
  2. John Vandenberg (chat) 23:29, 28 March 2012 (UTC)
  3. Krinkle (talk) 17:14, 6 June 2012 (UTC)
  4. 2001:db8 Well, I *AM* the IPv6 doc prefix and all! I'd probably be most useful with copyediting and fleshing out existing IPv6-related pages, and perhaps with development of Unix-based offline tools/backend stuff... (Not so much with JavaScript modules, though.) – 2001:db8:: (rfc | diff) 03:49, 16 June 2012 (UTC)
  5. Legoktm (talk) 05:15, 6 February 2013 (UTC)