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This New Zealand television news website was added to the blacklist because of an editor who did nothing but update articles using this as a source, presumably in an attempt to promote the website. I recognise that their actions were spammy, but am of mixed mind because they were actually improving the articles. In any case, this is a legitimate news website, and other editors making good faith edits and using this as a source are being reverted by the bot and warned about the link. Eg User talk:Sorrowawaits. I think this is doing more harm than good and suggest the site be removed from the blacklist. If the spammy editor returns, a better strategy might be to log edits which link to this source and an administrator can note if a particular editor gets very frequently listed in that log.-gadfium 20:58, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

This is something on User:MER-C's 'private' revertlist. MER-C, can you comment on this? --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:46, 12 November 2014 (UTC)
That won't work -- see Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Spam/2013 Archive Nov and [1]. There were 20 sockpuppets before we stopped counting. MER-C 07:13, 12 November 2014 (UTC)
I've just unwittingly fallen into referencing this domain while searching for references to support an article marked as being in need of cleanup and additional citations (NZ_Rail_150). Since that article is trying to document an event that happened in New Zealand, it seemed reasonable to me that a TV news station in New Zealand would have covered it. Does the fact that spammers have spammed it as a source in the past disqualify us from using it at all? If so, I think NZ_Rail_150 might not qualify for notability. Which is totally fine with me. Just trying to help out! Benchun (talk) 20:41, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
No, it never disqualifies a source. Even if the links would be blacklisted (and hence, can not be added at all) there is still the possibility to ask for whitelisting. For this link, there is a high incidence that new editors / IPs are actually spammers (although there will be a small number of non-related new editors or IPs who may use the link, most of them are spammers), and that is what we try to keep at bay.
With these cases, I am always wondering whether it tells something about the quality of the source, if people feel the need to spam it - is the reputation itself not enough? --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:19, 27 November 2014 (UTC)


Bot incorrectly removed an edit I made. Citation: "Hello, I'm XLinkBot. I wanted to let you know that I removed an external link you added to the page Modulation transfer function (infrared imaging), because it seemed to be inappropriate for an encyclopedia. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page, or take a look at our guidelines about links." So yes, definitely a mistake! Please correct and reinstate edit. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Timmbits (talkcontribs) 21:28, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

You mean this edit? That is most definitely not a mistake, the comments and linkfarm you put there should be on the talkpage with a discussion of why and how. Pages may be wrong at the moment, but it is no form to tell editors what to do and how to do it. --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:53, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

Special characters in article titles[edit]

I just noticed XLinkBot screw up the title of the article "Peter Sørensen (diplomat)" in its edit summary and talk page message due to the "ø". That should be fixed. Huon (talk) 18:26, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

Is on my to-do list for the next couple of weeks. Thanks for the heads up! --Dirk Beetstra T C 21:07, 4 December 2014 (UTC)
Waiting for it to happen again ... :-D ... --Dirk Beetstra T C 15:55, 7 December 2014 (UTC)

Abdul Haseeb[edit]

I want to creat page of Abdul Haseeb , which is real personality — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chaudharyarslan (talkcontribs) 15:08, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for the remark, but being a real person is not enough to 'earn' a Wikipedia page. The person has to be notable enough for a page, so you will need to provide independent references (articles written by others in established newspapers with a history of fact-checking, which are about the subject (and not a mere mention of the subject)). I would suggest to go through an Wikipedia:Articles for creation, where you can work on the article in peace, and others will give feedback for what you will need to improve. I hope this helps. --Dirk Beetstra T C 21:11, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

Norayr Mnatsakanyan[edit]

Hello, I am the biographer of this Armenian singer and updated the links section with new updated links. Thank you! Please, let me know if you may have any questions. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Noki (talkcontribs) 22:07, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

Those are all links to youtube movies with this singer, none of those are references, and none of those are appropriate. Please give the article proper references, this is not the way (see the tags left on the page). --Dirk Beetstra T C 22:13, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

Michael Breen[edit]

thats really useful information - thanks for that. Will spend time looking through the tutorials to understand what are acceptable and unacceptable refs. Cheers! --Parsonsc1 (talk) 00:52, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

@Parsonsc1: Just as a note on this - blogs and similar are not very good sources, they are often self published and not independently reviewed before publishing - on a BLP (if I see it correctly, Michael Breen is a living person, see the Wikipedia policy on the biographies of living people) those sources are not to be used for information, especially not for negative information. Please be careful there when re-inserting that information. --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:42, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

'The article'[edit]

Thank you.......please help us retain the article

Manvi Puttur (talk) 03:33, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

I am sorry, which article? --Dirk Beetstra T C 14:04, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Notable Latino Repubilcans- Henry Colón[edit] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:45, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

I am sorry, I don't know what you mean. What article or what revert are you referring to? --Dirk Beetstra T C 06:41, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

The use of links in Wikipedia articles[edit]

I got the following message from XLinkBot:

"November 2014[edit] Information icon Hello, I'm XLinkBot. I wanted to let you know that I removed one or more external links you added to the page Statsraad Lehmkuhl, because they seemed to be inappropriate for an encyclopedia. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page, or take a look at our guidelines about links."

I do think these links are of significant relevance for the Wikipedia article "Statsraad Lehmkuhl". The links refer to videos of this proud ship under sail. One of the links shows how the sails are managed when this ship is doing a tack. This adds basic knowledge on how these ships are sailed and the life onboard where all sail operations are managed by hand and entirely by manpower. By adding the links, this important knowledge may be shared with the Wikipedia users or community. Both links refer to videos under the Standard You-Tube license, and no copyright should prevent them from being linked to at Wikipedia. They do not refer to any business or marketing operation, but rather to encourage people to come on board and experience the old seamanship themselves. It is therefore my opinion that these links should be put back on the Statsraad Lehmkuhl page on Wikipedia.

Matsopp (talk) 12:35, 13 December 2014 (UTC)

But do they convey significant information beyond what is in the article. And copyright is not the only concern, YouTube links do tick quite a number of the points under WP:ELNO (I, for example, can not access a significant part of YouTube ..). 'to encourage people to come on board and experience the old seamanship themselves' .. is also beyond Wikipedia's goal. But I'll have a look. --Dirk Beetstra T C 13:01, 13 December 2014 (UTC)
Looking at the homepage of the ship, I am still not convinced that the video's do add so much beyond that. But you can bring it up on the talkpage and achieve consensus there. --Dirk Beetstra T C 13:27, 13 December 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Social Links - CU[edit]

I got this message

Hello, I'm XLinkBot. I wanted to let you know that I removed one or more external links you added to the page Chandigarh University, because they seemed to be inappropriate for an encyclopedia. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page, or take a look at our guidelines about links.  

Your edit here to Chandigarh University was reverted by an automated bot that attempts to remove links which are discouraged per our external links guideline. The external link(s) you added or changed ( is/are on my list of links to remove and probably shouldn't be included in Wikipedia. If you were trying to insert an external link that does comply with our policies and guidelines, then please accept my creator's apologies and feel free to undo the bot's revert. However, if the link does not comply with our policies and guidelines, but your edit included other, constructive, changes to the article, feel free to make those changes again without re-adding the link. Please read Wikipedia's external links guideline for more information, and consult my list of frequently-reverted sites. For more information about me, see my FAQ page. Thanks! --XLinkBot (talk) 09:07, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

External links added here are our WIKI page was just for more user friendliness as these are our official social pages

Kindly allow us to insert these links as all other Universities like Chitkara and LPU are already allowed/ approved by Wiki. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:23, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

The bot generally removes those per WP:ELOFFICIAL - we only list the main official site, not all official sites belonging to the subject. I hope this explains. --Dirk Beetstra T C 16:48, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Revert of Julian Pettifer edit[edit]

Dear XLinkBot, Thank you very much for your assistance and policing of this wikipedia page. No offence taken by your initial revert and your efforts much appreciated. Any further advice or guidance you have as to getting the YouTube film archive viewed, reviewed or commented on would be much appreciated. Best wishes. — Preceding unsigned comment added by JulianPettifer (talkcontribs) 16:36, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

I see that this was also already explained to you by someone besides the bot on your talkpage. Please review our external links guideline. Also be aware that we are not here to advertise your work or person. --Dirk Beetstra T C 16:50, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Ernesto Amantegui[edit]

A bit overkill no? I apologize for adding a potentially harmful link, but all the rest was 100% fine (storyline additions, corrections of redirects, etc). I have reinstated my version, without the "dangerous" link of course.

Sorry for any inconvenience, happy editing -- (talk) 17:45, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the remark, overkill - maybe, but the technical possibilities with Wiki code is somewhat limited, and unfortunately (though your link is not an example of that per sé) some mitigation of link additions is unfortunately needed. --Dirk Beetstra T C 18:53, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the reply as well, nice teamwork overall I wager! -- (talk) 19:35, 16 December 2014 (UTC)