Talk:WikiScanner

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Former good article nominee WikiScanner was a Engineering and technology good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for WikiScanner:

Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
  • Cleanup : The "Technical description" section is quite confusing; reword it and clean it up.
  • Expand : Needs a lot more content, both in depth and in breadth. A description of the history is needed, and a detailed description of how it works would help.

Help with User:24.84.54.2 re this edit[edit]

I just tried accessing Wikiscanner but was not able to find/open that page; access permissions were mentioned. Is there a more appropriate place to ask for help with using it? I've tried WHOIS on this IP address, but to no avail, and thought maybe it might be in Wikiscanner's database as being that of a BC government office/agency or of a p.r. or consulting firm contracted to them. The 24.* part tells me it's Shawcable, probably in BC, but I can't find anything more specific; an earlier edit from November by this same IP detailed technical data on the Canada Line skytrain line, which is suggestive of someone connected to TransLink, or to one of the companies or government offices connected to building the line; as is often the case in BC, such companies are backers of the government and work hand-in-hand with them; sometimes from locations far afield, as in one case where I identified an IP account in Minnesota that was making political edits on BC politician bios, and turned out to have links to a company with linkes to the government (a military contractor no less). Sorry to sound paranoid, it's just that in coming weeks such "political blankings" by POV IPers are going to get more and more common on BC and Olympics related articles....if WikiScanner doesn't have a good listing of BC agencies/offices/companies, it's time they did....Skookum1 (talk) 03:00, 31 January 2010 (UTC)

Translation into Chinese Wikipedia[edit]

The 18:21, 1 October 2010 RjwilmsiBot version of this article is translated into Chinese Wikipedia to expand a stub.--Wing (talk) 19:04, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

WikiScanner and WP:OUTING[edit]

When does posting results from WikiScanner conflict with WP:OUTING? --Kevinkor2 (talk) 16:52, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

IMHO WP:OUTING doesn't apply to organizations. --Lexein (talk) 23:36, 27 October 2012 (UTC)
"Outing" also is about registered users, whose IPs are available only to admins with CHECKUSER rights; info on IP addresses is already public, though often obscure as to who's actually at the location and on the particular/computer network. Myself, I think a CHECKUSER should patrol new registered accounts looking for COI-type IPs and caution them accordingly, or alert "watchers" to keep an eye on their activities and COI/AUTO/POV activities and be mindful of their corporate/government/partisan/NGO interests. The veil of pseudo-anonymity of a registered user can be used to seed "moles" from p.r. and other partisan, paid or not, interests.... and no doubt has, in vast numbers, given revelations and even announcements and exhortations for e.g. Tory party supporters in Canada to take part in social media to "make sure the message gets heard" et al.Skookum1 (talk) 13:53, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

what is the big deal about this software?[edit]

from reading the text, it 's a dump of the database from Wiki, no intelligence, no cleverness of any kind, just data collection. I missed the notability of this "tool". — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ebaychatter0 (talkcontribs) 13:11, 27 October 2012‎

Correct. However, it greatly simplified the process of mass-finding conflict-of-interest edits. It made big news when companies, politicians and religious groups, identified by IP address, were outed for altering Wikipedia pages about them in biased ways, like whitewashing, or pages about others, by adding negative content. I wish it still worked. --Lexein (talk) 23:36, 27 October 2012 (UTC)
It works better when it goes a few years without working ;) Paum89 (talk) 04:40, 28 October 2012 (UTC)
Actually, automatically determining whether a WHOIS record is associated with an article is not the easiest natural language processing task. Why not try it yourself? The dumps are current and easily accessible these days, and disks large enough for them are cheap. Paum89 (talk) 04:43, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

What happened to Wikiscanner?[edit]

Any ideas? 67.213.78.59 (talk) 06:32, 25 October 2013 (UTC)Luke

I'd like to know that, too. And even the reference to this fact is a dead link. Liz Read! Talk! 00:39, 13 November 2013 (UTC)
Net oblivion....perhaps swallowed by The Beast....though poking around here and here might help us find out. Maybe Anonymous can find out...not that I talk to them..whoever they are.Skookum1 (talk) 13:56, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
@Skookum1: "The WikiScanner was expensive to host (several thousand USD per month) and I eventually took it down."[1]BlueworldSpeccie (talk) 17:22, 21 April 2015 (UTC)