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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. All additions and removals are also logged.


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 - 916549963 after you have closed the request. See here for more info on logging.
snippet for logging: {{/request|916549963#section_name}}
snippet for logging of WikiProject Spam items: {{WPSPAM|916549963#section_name}}


Proposed additions[edit]

Nigerian gossip forum[edit]

This is a Nigerian forum site where you can write every nonsense. (It's very similar, in fact worse than Wikipediocracy). I'm very shocked to see people using it as a reference. – Ammarpad (talk) 07:15, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

Have you discussed this at WP:RSN? We typically do not blacklist sites unless they are spammed. Guy (Help!) 07:23, 20 August 2019 (UTC)
It's being used in various articles as a "source" [1]. I don't think something as obviously unreliable as a user-generated forum needs discussion. If that's necessary, I am afraid I am not willing to start that discussion. – Ammarpad (talk) 11:45, 20 August 2019 (UTC)
I've started a noticeboard discussion at WP:RSN § Nairaland. — Newslinger talk 08:13, 26 August 2019 (UTC)
The noticeboard discussion (archived here) shows consensus for adding Nairaland to the spam blacklist. Can we please have this domain added? — Newslinger talk 13:16, 8 September 2019 (UTC)
plus Added to MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist. — JJMC89(T·C) 17:54, 8 September 2019 (UTC)
Thank you! Pinging Ammarpad as a courtesy. — Newslinger talk 03:17, 9 September 2019 (UTC)

Nordvpn affiliate redirects[edit]

Nordvpn recently started an affiliate program, ever since there have been daily efforts to change the official link (nordvpn.com, please don't block that) to an affiliate link (go.nordvpn.net/XXXX) or a domain that redirects to one of these affiliate links (the other domains listed here). It is hard to imagine any circumstance where linking to one of these would be legitimate. - MrOllie (talk) 12:45, 4 September 2019 (UTC)

@MrOllie: I would prefer to block everything and open up a neutral homepage (e.g. a /about) of the site through whitelisting. --Dirk Beetstra T C 13:44, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
I think that would be Link requested to be whitelisted: nordvpn.com/about-us/ - MrOllie (talk) 14:14, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
@MrOllie: plus Added to MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist. — JJMC89(T·C) 02:12, 5 September 2019 (UTC)
I've also whitelisted the about page. — JJMC89(T·C) 02:32, 5 September 2019 (UTC)
Now the company's official site is blocked but affiliate workarounds such as noɾdvpn.com are allowed and still being abused (I've just reverted such edit). Wouldn't it make more sense to allow nordvpn.com but block the various domains listed above, as they are the spammy ones? - Minor stab (talk) 08:37, 5 September 2019 (UTC)

additional nordvpn sites[edit]

@Minor stab: this is starting to be annoying:

It looks like there are many of them. --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:28, 5 September 2019 (UTC)

Note that they change the 'r' to 'ɾ' etc. This may need a more violent rule to block things. --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:30, 5 September 2019 (UTC)

@Beetstra: As I mentioned above, the current rule isn't doing anything. It blocks the genuine website but allows the spammers to keep abusing the link. Any other options we could try? - Minor stab (talk) 11:12, 5 September 2019 (UTC)

@Billinghurst: We had something like this on meta, do you recall how we solved this in the end? (note, maybe this should be a global rule anyway). --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:29, 5 September 2019 (UTC)
@Beetstra: If you are talking about how we handle some of these globally, we have a couple of means, where they are slamming us with search type links, or standard components post the domain, we have some blacklist components that grab the tail of the domain and some regex for the problematic compinents; otherwise where they have uri components that we can identify as problematic there are abuse filters that we utilise to dissuade or disallow the addition. — billinghurst sDrewth 10:38, 5 September 2019 (UTC)
from a quick look at a couple of the COIBot reports for the blacklist maybe \.{2,4}/aff_c\?offer_idbillinghurst sDrewth 10:41, 5 September 2019 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: No, the strange characters: 'r' vs. 'ɾ', 'o' vs. 'ọ' ... it appears that nọrdvpn.com (notice the 'ọ', not 'o') does not get blacklisted properly --Dirk Beetstra T C 11:02, 5 September 2019 (UTC)
@Beetstra: ahhh, not noticed. We have been through numbers of funny characters failing in spam and title blacklist, so forget some of the solutions implemented. I remember that we did have some conversations about that at m:Talk:Spam blacklist a couple of (few?) years ago, though cannot find it in the archives by my use of search terms. Wonder whether we just omitted it as specific and just added a character space. Vaguely remember that we have had to go back through developers through Phabricator: ticket. — billinghurst sDrewth 22:48, 5 September 2019 (UTC)

aaodekho.com[edit]

Website being spammed by very persistent person. Easiest just to nip this in the bud. Ravensfire (talk) 03:35, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

plus Added OhNoitsJamie Talk 04:09, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

wapcar.my[edit]

wapcar.my: Linksearch en (https) - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C X-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.comDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

@Dennis Bratland: plus Added to MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist. --Guy (help!) 12:16, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

joinncc.online[edit]

joinncc.online: Linksearch en (https) - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C X-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.comDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

Website that is mocked up to look like an official site for National Cadet Corps, although "about us" says it's someone's blog; link to it was spammed to multiple articles: Three-star rank, United States Air Force rank insignia, National Cadet Corps (Singapore), Bangladesh National Cadet Corps, Bangladesh Air Force, National Cadet Corps (Ghana), National Cadet Corps (India), Air Force ranks and insignia of India. Schazjmd (talk) 13:11, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

casinobonusesfinder[edit]

  • Link/text requested to be blacklisted: casinobonusesfinder

Spammed by

Deceptive spamming for a casino bonus site by socking single-usage accounts, adding trivial commonplace info to hide the actual spam link. As the site has several country-specific mirrors (.ca, .co.uk, .de, .com, etc.), a Regex-based general filter would probably be more efficient. GermanJoe (talk) 13:48, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

@GermanJoe: plus Added to MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist. --Dirk Beetstra T C 14:16, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

glowinsta.com[edit]

Spammed by

Repeated spam in social media-related articles for a website selling fake social media followers. Continuing spam at Social media use by businesses after final warning. GermanJoe (talk) 14:07, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

@GermanJoe: plus Added to MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist. --Dirk Beetstra T C 14:14, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

subweb.co.il[edit]

Spammed on SEO-related articles by three disparate IPs in the span of four minutes:

The domain is registered in Israel (the website is in Hebrew) and seems to be for a marketing firm. The IPs however, geolocate to Algeria, Bangladesh, and Luxembourg. Given all these factors, this seems like a pretty deliberate spam attempt. Opencooper (talk) 23:30, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

@Opencooper: plus Added to MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:12, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

Healthcare spam[edit]

Continuing spam after multiple and final warnings. Pseudo "healthcare" websites that prey on elderly and poor people for a quick buck. GermanJoe (talk) 11:03, 14 September 2019 (UTC)

Any other spammers? This one's blocked. Guy (help!) 23:15, 14 September 2019 (UTC)
Not at the moment - the block was unusually quick. I'll double-check in a few days. GermanJoe (talk) 00:20, 15 September 2019 (UTC)
Just to note that the editor makes some rather strange markup-errors (making my link-extraction-regex failing on them). --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:09, 15 September 2019 (UTC)
Update: Spam continued after the first short-time block expired. For probably fraudulent sites, I'd recommend blacklisting even after relatively few spams. The owner had enough warnings as it is. GermanJoe (talk) 18:29, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
@GermanJoe: plus Added to MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist. --Guy (help!) 19:18, 16 September 2019 (UTC)

Spam content at Dexbrompheniramine/pseudoephedrine[edit]

User Rreagan007 (talk · contribs) was recently blocked for edit warring at the article. The concern regarded this edit by Doc James (talk · contribs), which was repeatedly reverted by Rreagan007. There is consensus at the talk page that the content that was removed is basically unreferenced spam, hence this request. –LaundryPizza03 (d) 09:01, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

This editor has gained 'reviewer' rights on this wiki. As it is the only editor it seems I will leave this for now, if it recurs on other accounts (or the editor persists after the block expires) it can be blacklisted. (pinging Doc James, the ping above did not work as there was a typo in the name). --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:13, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

User:Beetstra sounds reasonable. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 15:01, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

Spam on Andaman Islands[edit]

I have seen this marketingwebsite coming by before but I can not find where. Now a new account posted it on Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Andaman Islands. Useless spam. The Banner talk 18:30, 17 September 2019 (UTC)

@The Banner: plus Added to MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist. — JJMC89(T·C) 03:02, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Redirect "offers" to change search engine[edit]

Clicking the /indexen.php link on Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Ballia redirects here, offering to perform a "security check" and change the user's default search engine. Miniapolis 02:39, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Proposed removals[edit]


IQPC[edit]

iqpc.com: Linksearch en (https) - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C X-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.comDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

IQPC is a global b2b event company that has hosted a multitude of different events, including many events that could be cited as reliable sources. I'm not quite sure why it was blacklisted, looking through the logs I don't actually see IQPC, but only a website that's called \biqpc\.com perhaps there's an overlap there? If that's the case, I don't see any reason to keep it blacklisted. Thanks in advance! -- Zansher (talk) 11:34, 3 September 2019 (GMT+8)*

  • Not done - heavily spammed and not a reliable source. Guy (Help!) 06:31, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
  • @Zansher: heavily spammed, though a long time ago. 'could be cited as reliable sources', sure, but that can then be handled on the whitelist for the specific source. Defer to Whitelist. --Dirk Beetstra T C 06:48, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
Beetstra, it would need consensus at WP:RSN first. Nothing about that site says WP:RS to me. Guy (help!) 12:15, 11 September 2019 (UTC)
JzG For the general case, yes. For an individual cases (i.e. specific link for a specific goal) it depends how and where the source is used (it could be a primary sourced used in an appropriate way, in which case a single whitelist could be performed without the RSN discussion). --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:26, 11 September 2019 (UTC)
I am less inclined to offer encouragement to accounts whose first edit is requesting whitelisting of a spammed domain... Guy (help!) 14:09, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

thehindu.com[edit]

Pleas remove this site from blacklist. This is a very legitimate website with properly reviewed content Bikram Bagani (talk) 09:29, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

@Bikram Bagani: In fact, it is not blacklisted, hence Not done. In return however, do not use redirect sites (like tinyurl) to circumvent the blacklist, and please do not paste links to google resulst, instead link thehindu.com directly. --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:12, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

linseis.com[edit]

linseis.com: Linksearch en (https) - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C X-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.comDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

Linseis Messgeräte GmbH is german manufacturer for thermal analysis devices, also based in USA and China. Many years ago the site was blacklisted. I think a bad marketing agency was very spammy. we ask for the removal of the domain linseis.com from the blacklist. -- Aseiz (talk) 16:37, 10 September 2019 (GMT+1)*

Defer to Whitelist I can't imagine how a link to this company would be useful anywhere outside of an article about the company, assuming that the company met WP:CORP notability. Whitelisting would be appropriate if such a situation arose. OhNoitsJamie Talk 15:15, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

letterwhiz.com[edit]

letterwhiz.com: Linksearch en (https) - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C X-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.comDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com LetterWhiz is a site I use all the time, it's just a database of quotes and letter templates in multiple languages. I was trying to add a link to it on a wikipedia page, but it came up as blacklisted for some reason.— Preceding unsigned comment added by 174.3.237.145 (talkcontribs)

Not done LetterWhiz is a site that used to be spammed here all the time, so we blacklisted it. As a reference, it has no conceivable use here so there's no reason to remove it or whitelist it. (Also; a fascinating coincidence that one of the IP addresses that spammed it heavily geolocates to Alberta, which is also where your IP geolocates to. Small world!) OhNoitsJamie Talk 17:23, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

STYLECNC[edit]

stylecnc.com: Linksearch en (https) - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C X-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.comDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

STYLECNC is a CNC machine manufacturer that has many useful contents for CNC, including user manuals, CNC solutions. I tried to add some contents referring from STYLECNC, I find it is in spam-blacklist, I can't understand why it is in, please remove this site from spam-blacklist. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 183.90.191.207 (talk) 22:04, September 10, 2019 (UTC)

 Declined. Your answer is right there on your talkpage: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:183.90.191.207. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:43, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

Credenceresearch.com[edit]

credenceresearch.com: Linksearch en (https) - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C X-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.comDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com This website is well known Market Research website in CA. I think due to some Asian spammers this website is in blacklist log of Wikipedia. Many time I refer this website in my thesis also big news giant like Forbes, USAToday, SAP, Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance refer this website into their posts (you can see the citation list on websites' homepage). This website have great research contents of ICT, Automotive & Aerospace. I also informed websites' owner about this and they changed their hosting provider also they blocked the specific area IPs of asian countries. I request you to please remove this website from your blacklist.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Robson7252 (talkcontribs)

@Robson7252: I have said this before, who is spamming Wikipedia is not our problem, our goal is to protect Wikipedia from the influx of unwanted links. I am not convinced that delisting will get that goal. I prefer to send this to the whitelist for specific links that can be shown to be needed. Defer to Whitelist. --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:47, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
Note that a similarly named user, Robsoncredence (talk · contribs), posted a request here a couple of months ago. OhNoitsJamie Talk 13:46, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
A few passing mentions in blogs, opinion pieces and trade rags are not sufficient to establish credibility, such publications would use any source that supports their marketing agenda. None of the company's claims about their expertise, size, and anonymous testimonials is verifiable. Digging a bit deeper, I found an interesting external report highlighting the problem with this kind of "researchers". Just a bit of background info, of course the blacklisting is entirely valid. GermanJoe (talk) 11:24, 13 September 2019 (UTC)
Good catch, GermanJoe. I note the address of Credence's San Jose office is the US Post Office building in downtown San Jose. Draw your own conclusions! OhNoitsJamie Talk 15:33, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

Nordvpn.com[edit]

nordvpn.com: Linksearch en (https) - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C X-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.comDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

Wikipedia was spammed by [presumably] NordVPN's affiliate partners, who would redirect the link AWAY from nordvpn.com to sites such as nordvpnoffer.com and go.nordvpn.net. The last such edit took place after nordvpn.com had been blocked - the spammers changed the link to nọrdvpn.com (note the special character). Therefore, blocking nordvpn.com did not stop the spamming. Another point: Currently the only whitelisted part is nordvpn.com/about-us/, which provides no actual information about the service but rather contains a lot of 'inspirational' corporate buzzwords. If we absolutely want to block the official website of the service (which makes no sense as explained above), we should at least whitelist a more relevant page, such as nordvpn.com/features/. -- Minor stab (talk) 10:56, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

@Minor stab: minus Removed from MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist. --Dirk Beetstra T C 11:18, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

OPEN[edit]

open.online: Linksearch en (https) - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C X-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.comDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

This was just removed by the archive bot, but actually one editor, Beetstra, already agreed (see the archive) that it should be removed from the blacklist. The website open.online is a relatively new, and legitimate Italian news website. It's an online news service, created and supported by one of the most famous Italian journalists, Enrico Mentana. Now there is another URL of this website that I would like to add as a source but I can't (I can't even post it here unlinked). I hope that this time the whole website could be whitelisted. Thank you. --Ritchie92 (talk) 12:49, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

@Ritchie92: It cannot be removed, as it is the tld online that is blacklisted (and hence, all domains on that TLD are blacklisted). I suggested to whitelist open.online, hence Defer to Whitelist. --Dirk Beetstra T C 13:01, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Logging / COIBot Instructions[edit]

Blacklist logging

Full Instructions for Admins


Quick Reference

For Spam reports or requests originating from this page, use template {{/request|0#section_name}}

  • {{/request|213416274#Section_name}}
  • Insert the oldid 213416274 a hash "#" and the Section_name (Underscoring_spaces_where_applicable):
  • Use within the entry log here.

For Spam reports or requests originating from Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Spam use template {{WPSPAM|0#section_name}}

  • {{WPSPAM|182725895#Section_name}}
  • Insert the oldid 182725895 a hash "#" and the Section_name (Underscoring_spaces_where_applicable):
  • Use within the entry log here.
Note: if you do not log your entries it may be removed if someone appeals and no valid reasons can be found.

Addition to the COIBot reports

The lower list in the COIBot reports now have after each link four numbers between brackets (e.g. "www.example.com (0, 0, 0, 0)"):

  1. first number, how many links did this user add (is the same after each link)
  2. second number, how many times did this link get added to wikipedia (for as far as the linkwatcher database goes back)
  3. third number, how many times did this user add this link
  4. fourth number, to how many different wikipedia did this user add this link.

If the third number or the fourth number are high with respect to the first or the second, then that means that the user has at least a preference for using that link. Be careful with other statistics from these numbers (e.g. good user who adds a lot of links). If there are more statistics that would be useful, please notify me, and I will have a look if I can get the info out of the database and report it. This data is available in real-time on IRC.

poking COIBot

When adding {{LinkSummary}}, {{UserSummary}} and/or {{IPSummary}} templates to WT:WPSPAM, WT:SBL, WT:SWL and User:COIBot/Poke (the latter for priviliged editors) COIBot will generate linkreports for the domains, and userreports for users and IPs.


Discussion[edit]

Have we arrived at a point where we can conduct a montly or quarterly review of blacklist hits? The list is huge. I would suggest anything with no hits in 12 months could be removed. But can we get the stats? Guy (Help!) 23:55, 15 August 2019 (UTC)

That's going to be quite difficult. I figure you might ask an adminbot to periodically compare the listings at MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist against all hits on Special:Log/spamblacklist going back one year and post a report of all regexes that weren't triggered, but it's not something that could be trivially done manually. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 09:20, 8 September 2019 (UTC)