MediaWiki talk:Spam-blacklist

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Mediawiki:Spam-blacklist is meant to be used by the spam blacklist extension. Unlike the meta spam blacklist, this blacklist affects pages on the English Wikipedia only. Any administrator may edit the spam blacklist. See Wikipedia:Spam blacklist for more information about the spam blacklist.


Instructions for editors

There are 4 sections for posting comments below. Please make comments in the appropriate section. These links take you to the appropriate section:

  1. Proposed additions
  2. Proposed removals
  3. Troubleshooting and problems
  4. Discussion

Each section has a message box with instructions. In addition, please sign your posts with ~~~~ after your comment.

Completed requests are archived. Additions and removals are logged, reasons for blacklisting can be found there.

Addition of the templates {{Link summary}} (for domains), {{IP summary}} (for IP editors) and {{User summary}} (for users with account) results in the COIBot reports to be refreshed. See User:COIBot for more information on the reports.


Instructions for admins

Any admin unfamiliar with this page should probably read this first, thanks.
If in doubt, please leave a request and a spam-knowledgeable admin will follow-up.

  1. Does the site have any validity to the project?
  2. Have links been placed after warnings/blocks? Have other methods of control been exhausted? Would referring this to our anti-spam bot, XLinkBot be a more appropriate step? Is there a WikiProject Spam report? If so, a permanent link would be helpful.
  3. Please ensure all links have been removed from articles and discussion pages before blacklisting. (They do not have to be removed from user or user talk pages).
  4. Make the entry at the bottom of the list (before the last line). Please do not do this unless you are familiar with regex — the disruption that can be caused is substantial.
  5. Close the request entry on here using either {{done}} or {{not done}} as appropriate. The request should be left open for a week maybe as there will often be further related sites or an appeal in that time.
  6. Log the entry. Warning: if you do not log any entry you make on the blacklist, it may well be removed if someone appeals and no valid reasons can be found. To log the entry, you will need this number - 1103578216 after you have closed the request. See here for more info on logging.
snippet for logging: {{/request|1103578216#section_name}}
snippet for logging of WikiProject Spam items: {{WPSPAM|1103578216#section_name}}
A user-gadget for handling additions to and removals from the spam-blacklist is available at User:Beetstra/Gadget-Spam-blacklist-Handler


Proposed additions[edit]


kongashare.com[edit]

Oluwafunmilayo1 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · blacklist hits · AbuseLog · what links to user page · count · COIBot · user page logs · x-wiki · status · Edit filter search · Google · StopForumSpam)
Oluwatofunmi11 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · blacklist hits · AbuseLog · what links to user page · count · COIBot · user page logs · x-wiki · status · Edit filter search · Google · StopForumSpam)
Kongashare (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · blacklist hits · AbuseLog · what links to user page · count · COIBot · user page logs · x-wiki · status · Edit filter search · Google · StopForumSpam)
Tojuba001 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · blacklist hits · AbuseLog · what links to user page · count · COIBot · user page logs · x-wiki · status · Edit filter search · Google · StopForumSpam)
Kayworld22 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · blacklist hits · AbuseLog · what links to user page · count · COIBot · user page logs · x-wiki · status · Edit filter search · Google · StopForumSpam)
Doglascage (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · blacklist hits · AbuseLog · what links to user page · count · COIBot · user page logs · x-wiki · status · Edit filter search · Google · StopForumSpam)

Long-running spam campaign. plus Added to MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist. OhNoitsJamie Talk

newhealthinsurance.com[edit]

Abused as replacement of WT:SWL. --Dirk Beetstra T C 17:01, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Beetstra: Defer to Global blacklist, cross-wiki problem. --Dirk Beetstra T C 17:02, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

jrank.org[edit]

Aggregator of refspam that appears to be an entirely unsourced copy of text taken from encyclopedia.com. Further discussion here: WP:RSN#Should_Jrank.org_be_deprecated? - Amigao (talk) 21:12, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

www.youtube.com Only news channels and informative vedios NoworNever007 (talk) 11:15, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Domywriting[edit]

Spammers

Please blacklist.-KH-1 (talk) 12:13, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Proposed removals[edit]

Redtube.com and YouPorn.com[edit]

I recently noticed these two websites Redtube & YouPorn are blacklisted on wikipedia in 2008 "14 years ago" for problems involving one being that clicking on some of the links can result in the user receiving multiple unwanted pop up spam windows, Now after 14 years these problems dosen't exist on websites & these are the most popular and most viewed websites in the world, Now their is no reason to keep them in blacklist so these websites must be unlisted from blacklist. 103.141.159.228 (talk) 14:49, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No. They're commonly abused by vandals. Acroterion (talk) 15:02, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 Declined per above. --Kinu t/c 03:06, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oneearth.org[edit]

oneearth.org: Linksearch en (https) (insource) - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C X-wikigs • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced - RSN • COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchmeta • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.com oneearth.org has up-to-date profiles of the earth's 800+ terrestrial ecoregions, authored by credentialed subject-matter experts, including many of the scientists who developed WWF's ecoregion system. It's maintained by a not-for-profit. The site can provide reliable sources for articles in the ecoregions wikiproject. Tom Radulovich (talk) 05:41, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Tom Radulovich: It got blacklisted due to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Spam/2021_Archive_Apr#One_Earth. Looking at that I see massive spamming by accounts with a likely COI (likely meatpuppetry). --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:30, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for looking into it, Dirk. I'm somewhat familiar with the circumstances. The two users who added external links to ecoregion articles were new to Wikipedia, disclosed that they worked for One Earth, and asked whether it was okay to add links. Per the conflict of interest guidelines they ought not have added the external links themselves. I don't know whether anyone clearly advised them not to. Perhaps it made sense to undo their contributions. Characterizing the articles they linked to as spam is unfair – they're objective and well-researched non-commmercial resources, and further understanding of the articles' topic. The One Earth articles on ecoregions aren't as extensive, but are more up-to-date than the other peer-reviewed ecoregion articles from WWF and Encyclopedia of Earth, and complement those resources. The remedy – blacklisting the entire One Earth site – seems disproportionately harsh. It's not beneficial to the ecoregions wikiproject, which is working to create well-written and well-sourced articles on ecoregions. Is there no appeal? Tom Radulovich (talk) 19:29, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Tom Radulovich I wanted more context. I agree, it looks like misguided COI efforts, which then did not stop when they were warned (and well, the number was way over the top, and placement as well). The issue here is not 'the material linked to is spam', the problem is here 'the material was spammed to Wikipedia', and to stop these additions the spam blacklist is a good measure (there could have been more warnings beforehand).
Obviously, there is appeal, that is what this section is for. But I generally like to see delistings properly discussed as an admin (User:Newslinger) found reason to add it, and even for 'good' sites someone originally had an incentive to spam Wikipedia with it. We don't want to open the floodgates unnecessarily. Dirk Beetstra T C 05:32, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Tom Radulovich: minus Removed from MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist, I'll follow your suggestion on the use of the site, and hope that the spamming stopped now. --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:37, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you! I watch most of the articles and if anything looks suspicious I know where to report it. Tom Radulovich (talk) 05:54, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Troubleshooting and problems[edit]

breitbart.com[edit]

The blacklist contains \bbreitbart\.com\b. This suggests that this edit, in which a blacklisted source that I removed was reinserted, shouldn't be possible. What's happening here? (I'm an admin, but have been stopped from inserting blacklisted URLs previously, so I assumed that the blacklist made it not possible.) - David Gerard (talk) 22:36, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That particular article is on the whitelist, added here. --Kinu t/c 22:46, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
ah, ty (d'oh!) - David Gerard (talk) 00:15, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussion[edit]

Question on www.satoshi-island.com[edit]

Hi, let me copy here a question I asked on Wikipedia:External links/Noticeboard. I wanted so seek advice before formally requesting an addition to the blacklist. (I hope I'm in the right place to ask my question.)

Lataro, one of the islands of Vanuatu, was recently leased by some guy, who decided to rename it “Satoshi island”, and turn it into a “Bitcoin Paradise” commercial platform (whatever that means). As a result, the entry for the island not only has the usual sections on "Geography", "History" (just like other islands of Vanuatu) etc., but also a link to www.satoshi-island.com presented as the island's “official website” (sic). That link has been repeatedly added on the page; yet the problem is that it is clearly a promotion for a commercial project of cryptocurrency. Does it really have its place on Wikipedia? I deleted the link as this was my understanding of WP policy, in line with other editors; yet it keeps coming back.

I'd suggest two separate entries: one about Lataro the island itself (with its geology etc.); possibly another one about that “Satoshi island” business venture (like there are other WP links on certain companies, provided they meet the notability criteria etc). If so, that spam link might go on the second page, but would not be polluting the entry on Lataro.

What is your take on this? Should that URL be blacklisted? -- Womtelo (talk) 13:36, 5 August 2022 (UTC).Reply[reply]

Thanks for raising this here. I'd like to understand it better too. From my perspective, I would like to know if there is a difference between www.satoshi-island.com on the Lataro page and say www.cabaretebeachdr.com on the Cabarete page. Zaurus (talk) 17:45, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]