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Info-pictogram.png Welcome to Wikipedia, ISP user! Please note the following:

This IP address, (IP address or hostname appears here), belongs to {{{1}}}, an internet service provider through which many people may connect to the Internet using a proxy. This IP address may be given to another person when the current user logs off.

For this reason, a message that was meant to be sent to one person may be seen by another. If you are changing Wikipedia using this address and are tired of unrelated messages, you can avoid them by making an account for yourself. Sometimes, you may not be allowed to make an account for a short time because of attempts to prevent disruptive changes. In that case, please see this page.

If you are automatically blocked repeatedly, you should contact the company that operates your Internet connection or your corporation's technical division and ask them to talk to Wikimedia's XFF project about turning on X-Forwarded-For HTTP headers on their proxy servers so that Wikipedia blocks will affect only the person meant to be stopped.

Please do not block this IP or undo its changes without checking - if a block is needed, admins should consider using a block with automatic blocking disabled with the code {{anonblock|optional comment}} as the reason.

Note: If disruptive changes are made from this address, abuse reports may be sent to your ISP.
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{{ISP|ISP name|host=Host Server}} ISP name is mandatory, host= name is optional.

Note: This page should not be substituted, but transcluded.

Further information

Once an IP has been warned/blocked a few times, it is usually a good idea to add a header to the IP's talkpage, which identifies the WHOIS information. This info can be obtained by clicking on the "WHOIS" link in the talkpage footer, and reviewing the related information. Sometimes a domain may be identified at the top of the listing, or there may be other information in the fields labeled OrgName and (if available) CustName. Try to choose whatever seems to be the most specific information.

For example, if the OrgName is "AT&T Services", the CustName is "", and the domain at the top is "", then "" is the most specific information.

Whichever name you find, will then probably fall into one of the following categories:

Category Tag / Examples Notes
Educational institutions {{Shared IP edu}}
{{Shared IP edu|Covington School District}}
Governmental source {{sharedIP}}
{{sharedIP|Local council of Downpatrick}}
Non-ISP businesses {{SharedIPCORP}}
{{SharedIPCORP|The Giant Company}}
Non-shared static IPs {{whois}}
{{whois|Road Runner Residential}}
Generic Internet Service Provider {{ISP}}
{{ISP|Cox Communications|}}
the names will usually be obvious as to whether or not they are ISPs, or you may wish to search to see if there is a relevant Wikipedia article, and then read the information there to see how it is defined
Other type of non-ISP organization which may plausibly have shared IPs {{SharedIP|<name>|<host>}}
Misc. {{whois|registration info}}


  • For specific examples on any of the above, click on the template name, and then from the template page click on "What links here" in the lefthand toolbox to get a list of pages which use that template
  • Where possible, check to see if the organisation has a Wikipedia article about it, and if so, link to it.