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General notice - matthewwoodward.co.uk SEO suggestions[edit]

Someone just discovered this SEO page and mentioned it at WP:AN; I thought people here would benefit from seeing it. No need to blacklist the URL itself. Nyttend (talk) 17:11, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

I think this deserves more appearance here :)  Revi 16:23, 12 December 2014 (UTC)
Bumping so this remains for a long time. MER-C 00:00 1 December 2015 (UTC)
Yup and another one [www.wikilinkpro.com here] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 08:17, 22 December 2014 (UTC)
Reported to WMF Legal. MER-C 13:13, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Note: You can link this section by using Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Spam#SEO. — Revi 11:18, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Or just WT:WPSPAM#SEO Johnuniq (talk) 03:56, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

Report about these types of spam should go to WP:DEADLINKSPAM. Thanks, — Revi 05:08, 25 December 2014 (UTC)


Gg4u[edit]

Gg4u (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · what links to user page · count · COIBot · user page logs · x-wiki · status · Edit filter search · Google · StopForumSpam)

This user created LearnDiscovery – mindmap of Wikipedia (software) directly without going via Articles for Creation (yes, I know, not required, but the article is pretty awful), and now seems to be putting external links to it into tangentially related articles.

I'm not sure what to do about this, but I hope the people who read this will have a better idea. Pinkbeast (talk) 11:58, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

Gg4u (talk) 20:05, 9 April 2015 (UTC) Hi Pinkbeast, I created the article based on Discovr format. Respect to Discovr I also included external references and links to related wiki articles which are relevant to the topic. The topic is about a software for displaying mind-maps, also referred as concept-maps, atop of knowledge structure computed out of the wikipedia dump. I include references to mainly covering Force-directed layout implementation and UX concerning mind-maps and concept maps and external relevant links. Could you please give arguments for your opinion judging the article as "pretty awful" ? I will be glad to improve it. Thank you. I am replying you here, I am learning how to use the platform and talk board. Gg4u (talk)

I made some edits to clean up the article. The tool is pretty cool.Timtempleton (talk) 16:17, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
I am not convinced the tool is notable, but the issue is the addition of external links to XDiscovery to articles hither and yon. Pinkbeast (talk) 12:43, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

tecnicosdemantenimientoaeronautico.com[edit]

tecnicosdemantenimientoaeronautico.com: Linksearch en - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C Cross-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • Meta: SRB-XWiki - COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchVeinor pagesmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.orgDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

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tma-s.com[edit]

tma-s.com: Linksearch en - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C Cross-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • Meta: SRB-XWiki - COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchVeinor pagesmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.orgDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

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Khyber.org spam[edit]

Jawwad khan marwat (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · what links to user page · count · COIBot · user page logs · x-wiki · status · khan marwat Edit filter search · Google · StopForumSpam) Spammed multiple links to a number of articles today, and has been adding copyvio from Khyber.org as well, eg [1] - see [2]. Dougweller (talk) 07:57, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

They are links to reference material — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jawwad khan marwat (talkcontribs) 08:18, 11 April 2015
User:Jawwad khan marwat you are actually removing further reading sources, at least at [3]. I've now asked at Wikipedia talk:Noticeboard for India-related topics for someone to advise him. Dougweller (talk) 08:26, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Bookspam 4/12/15 by User:Chroncrue[edit]

Chroncrue (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · what links to user page · count · COIBot · user page logs · x-wiki · status · Edit filter search · Google · StopForumSpam) has added nearly identical paragraphs to over 60 WP articles with a link to a website advertising the book Before I Hit the Stage, such as this.[4] The text only serves to bring attention to the book and does not contribute anything meaningful to the articles, making it a textbook case of WP:BOOKSPAM. —Ojorojo (talk) 16:13, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

the-valentine.com[edit]

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So far, the IP is spamming Ambedkar Jayanti, Vaisakhi, and Ek Paheli Leela. As you can see, when warned, this person is just resetting their modem and continuing. Since playing whack-a-mole via WP:AIV seems like a waste of time, can this be blacklisted? Helpsome (talk) 21:11, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

MER-C 05:26, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
Helpsome (talk) 00:07, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Spamming for Ernst and Young[edit]

Marissap57 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · what links to user page · count · COIBot · user page logs · x-wiki · status · Edit filter search · Google · StopForumSpam)

Sole edits are additions to multiple biographies of subjects' having received honors from Ernst and Young. Doesn't appear terribly notable, and the sources are press releases. 32.216.147.44 (talk) 18:30, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

Google Analytics UA-36685643[edit]

Adsense google_ad_client = pub-pub-7145150358146740 (Track - Report - reverseinternet.com • meta: Track - Report)
Google Analytics ID: UA-UA-36685643 - (Track - Report - reverseinternet.com • Meta: Track - Report)

Spammers

MER-C 12:28, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Various links[edit]

Stumbled across these two users, the following is a list the related links.

Users;

Links

Links should be blacklisted, particularly Royfilm and Movihall. -KH-1 (talk) 14:35, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Spammers for royfilm.com:
Domain blacklisted. MER-C 04:49, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
Spammers for movihall.com:
MER-C 10:38, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

mayweatherppvlivestream.info[edit]

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Apparition11 Complaints/Mistakes 18:00, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Citation and book spam[edit]

Starcluster (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · what links to user page · count · COIBot · user page logs · x-wiki · status · Edit filter search · Google · StopForumSpam) has been inserting references and "Further Reading" to a particular researcher or research group across a very large number of astronomy articles since 2008. The sources range from peer reviewed papers to a Kindle e-book. Geogene (talk) 00:13, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

archive.limited[edit]

I don't have time to investigate this, but I get the impression the domain archive.limited, which has archived numerous non-Wikipedia articles, is now being refspammed into WP articles. There have been about 150 additions today, each article edited by a different IP editor (at least, for those I've investigated; see for example this edit by 46.193.0.235). It appears the domain embeds Yandex analytics/tracking info into the archived documents, though I'm not sure if that's of any relevance, as Internet Archive uses Google Analytics. Can someone check this out. At the very least, those replacing ref URLs are not following proper archive policy (use of archiveurl and archivedate); they are simply replacing ref URLs. Mindmatrix 01:24, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

I have added this to XLinkBot's "revert inside of references" page until we can determine how dubious it is.. at least archive.org links preserve the old URLs, this replacement wipes them. There are already over 170 of these links on en.wiki. --Versageek 01:33, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
User:Materialscientist beat me to it - he added it to the blacklist. Now onto the cleanup - only 120 to go!.. --Versageek 01:39, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Omniglot.com[edit]

omniglot.com: Linksearch en - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C Cross-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • Meta: SRB-XWiki - COIBot-Local - COIBot-XWiki - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchVeinor pagesmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.orgDomainsDB.netAlexaOnSameHostWhosOnMyServer.com • Live link: http://www.omniglot.com
A personal/self-published web site that seems to have been spammed for a long time by multiple IPs/users to a very large number of articles relating to languages (there are currently 1,100 links to it here on en-WP...), a site that in the links claims to be a real "language encyclopaedia" but clearly isn't, and violates WP:ELNO both by being a personal web site not written by a recognised expert in the field (or even an unrecognised one, see http://www.omniglot.com/about.htm for info about his credentials, and also http://www.omniglot.com/aboutme.htm where he says that he earns his living from the web site, which is a good reason for spamming links to it...) and by not adding anything unique to the articles, or even anything that isn't included in an average non-FA/GA language article here (sample pages on Omniglot: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/finnish.htm repeatedly added to Finnish language and http://www.omniglot.com/writing/urdu.htm repeatedly added to Urdu; as can be clearly seen they're nothing but short stubs plus lots of links to other web sites, even linking back to the en-WP articles they're added to, for more information...). I noticed it yesterday when I stumbled across a very persistent spammer on Urdu and Finnish language, and then took a close look at the site. It has been reported to the spam blacklist but I also wanted to report it here, to get more eyes on it. Thomas.W talk 14:19, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

While I believe many of these links were probably inserted in good faith and not as a matter of spam, I quite agree they are unsuitable. Omniglot is certainly not a reliable source, and for an external link it fails the basic criterion of not providing unique content beyond what we ourselves would provide. Fut.Perf. 09:30, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
I looked at a db-dump of the additions that LiWa3 saved (1500+ in total, 325-ish on en.wikipedia) and I do not see that most of the links were added by one user, and as FPaS suggests, many regulars are adding the link. There may be spammers / COI-editors in the list, but they should be handled on a case-by-case basis.
I also agree however, that these links do fail both WP:RS/WP:V, as well as WP:EL/WP:NOT - we can provide the contents ourselves in many ways. A good cleanup may be at hand here. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:49, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

zagpad.com[edit]

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accounts

SPA user spamming links to multiple articles. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 22:11, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

isin.org[edit]

isin.org: Linksearch en - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C Cross-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • Meta: SRB-XWiki - COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchVeinor pagesmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.orgDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

Spammers

Spammers like to use inaccurate edit summaries like spelling error fix so it is clear they know they are spamming. Helpsome (talk) 12:32, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Another one: 12.130.116.71 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · what links to user page · COIBot · count · block log · x-wiki · Edit filter search · WHOIS · RDNS · traceroute · robtex.com · tor · StopForumSpam · Google · AboutUs · Project HoneyPot) Helpsome (talk) 17:08, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
Blacklisted. MER-C 10:47, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

telugupopular.com[edit]

telugupopular.com: Linksearch en - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C Cross-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • Meta: SRB-XWiki - COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchVeinor pagesmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.orgDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

Spammers

Seems to be adding one link in the reference section and then abandoning the IP and continuing with a different IP. Most of these have only one edit in their contributions and it is spamming this link. Helpsome (talk) 21:09, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Blacklisted. MER-C 12:22, 20 April 2015 (UTC)