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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 - 766031315 after you have closed the request. See here for more info on logging.
snippet for logging: {{/request|766031315#section_name}}
snippet for logging of WikiProject Spam items: {{WPSPAM|766031315#section_name}}

Proposed additions[edit]

scaruffi.com[edit]

scaruffi.com: Linksearch en - 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 • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.orgDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

Please see Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Albums/Archive_46#Piero_Scaruffi_-_Final_Verdict_on_using_him_as_a_source_in_reviews. Editors from there have been going around and warning people not to use Scaruffi in any references across all projects as an unreliable self-published source. Pinging Woovee AngusWOOF (barksniff) 20:33, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

  • This site should not be placed on the Spam-blacklist. A one-day discussion on the Talk page of the Albums project does not constitute a community-wide consensus against the use of the site. NewYorkActuary (talk) 17:44, 23 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Pinging Sergecross73 as well. Is Scaruffi an unreliable source across all projects or just the music one? AngusWOOF (barksniff) 19:43, 1 February 2017 (UTC)
  • It was only discussed in the context of music at WP:ALBUMS, but I don't know what would change in the context of any other topic - it is the man's personal, self-published blog. It's not like that sort of sourcing would be acceptable for any other subjects on Wikipedia either. I don't understand what people's obsession with this man is - some are bizarrely in favor of him, others bizarrely against him. I don't understand the emotions behind either stance. I just got tired of people arguing about it all the time, and set up an end-all discussion about it on the WikiProject level. The WikiProject very strongly agreed he didn't meet the WP:RS standard. The reason it didn't run for very long is because it received 8 "oppose" votes while garnering zero "support" votes outside of an editor who was spending about 100% of his time at the time spamming the source on review tables. Editors occasionally whine about the result of the discussion, but refuse to start up any other discussions on it, so it hasn't changed. I think that covers everything. Sergecross73 msg me 20:20, 1 February 2017 (UTC)
Scaruffi has been the author of at least nine books published by third-party publishers (as shown here). Some of this third-party-published material is being hosted on the web site. Adding the site to a blacklist would serve to prevent courtesy-linking of material that even the discussion at the Albums project would not prohibit. NewYorkActuary (talk) 18:32, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
Why would we want to courtesy link to that material? Look at Examiner.com. It's a blacklisted site that has plenty of secondary sources talking about it, that it doesn't have to refer to itself, and then the external link at the bottom that goes to the site. AngusWOOF (barksniff) 01:30, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
Links for which an argument can be made that they need to be included while the site is blacklisted can always be reported on the spam whitelist. Courtesy linking however is not a sufficient argument. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:32, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

fastfox.com[edit]

fastfox.com: Linksearch en - 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 • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.orgDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

zfashioncraze.com[edit]

zfashioncraze.com: Linksearch en - 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 • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.orgDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

Adds a spam link to one article from each new account. - MrOllie (talk) 11:39, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

dinamica-de-sistemas.com[edit]

dinamica-de-sistemas.com: Linksearch en - 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 • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.orgDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

Persistent spamming from rotating IPs on several articles. - MrOllie (talk) 11:46, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

hongkongescort.com[edit]

@Beetstra: another one for the list. See archive https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki_talk:Spam-blacklist/archives/September_2016#hongkongescortservices.com - DVdm (talk) 09:28, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

@DVdm: Crystal Clear action edit add.png Added to MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist. --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:38, 12 February 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. See you next time Face-smile.svg - DVdm (talk) 11:45, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

fpga4student.com[edit]

At WP:ANI[6] It was suggested that I bring up this URL here. --Guy Macon (talk) 15:37, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

Additions include diff 1, diff 2, diff 3, diff 4, and diff 5. Seems to be a mix between IP editors and registered accounts over the past two weeks. NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 17:50, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
Crystal Clear action edit add.png Added to MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 21:59, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Proposed removals[edit]


Fastfox.com[edit]

Dear Administrators. We are startup in Home Rental industry. FastFox.com is a home rental technology company. We are integrating existing workforce to transform the way people rent home. FastFox.com allows home seekers to check pictures and in-depth information about 1000s of real time available properties, schedule house visits and finalize with the landlord. It uses technology to ensure that 100% of the homes listed on FastFox.com are authentic and available for immediate visit and closure. Whether it is sharing property information, arranging site visits or doing move-in formalities, FastFox.com technology makes it all fast and reliable.

FastFox.com sources real time information from its proprietary broker information exchange – BroEx®, used by 100,000+ brokers pan India. For the women and men who partner with us to share inventory details in their location of influence, FastFox.com is a reliable source of regular monthly business.

FastFox.com and BroEx are registered trademarks of OkuTech (P) Ltd. Founded in 2014 by IIT Alumni, the company is backed by consortium of institutional venture capital investors led by LightSpeed Partners.

As we are making great progress and really revolutionizing the way rental sector works, some of our competitors have taken note of it and having been trying out various tricks in the past to put us in bad light. These include defaming us in facebook, twitter, quora and this also includes getting us blacklisted on wiki by posting spammy links. Request you to kindly whitelist us and also forward us all the IP addresses from where our link was spammed in wiki. It will help us in taking legal course against our competitors. I personally assure you there wont be any such activity from fastfox.com in the near future and also we will taking legal action against our competitors who have had done it in the past so that they cant repeat it in near future. I am taking care of marketing at fastfox. Request you to kindly whitelist our site taken into consideration the circumstances which resulted in the blacklist. Thank you. Hoping a positive response. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Amar Jyoti001 (talkcontribs) 09:52, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

@Amar Jyoti001: Symbol declined.svg Declined, not blacklisted, but it might qualify for blacklisting if the spamming behaviour continues. --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:39, 12 February 2017 (UTC)
Note that Amar Jyoti001 blanked the addition report before requesting de-listing. --Dirk Beetstra T C 11:13, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

kingofvapes.guru[edit]

kingofvapes.guru: Linksearch en - 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 • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.orgDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

Dear Admins: King of Vapes is an ecommerce based business that was founded in 2015. Since then, the company has established a near perfect customer rating and has never had any issues with customer satisfaction or with spam in general. While trying to create a MediaWiki Page for this site I decided to dig into WikiPedia and look up the site, that's when I noticed the ban. Maybe the .guru extension triggered this, or maybe a competitor decided to have the site blacklisted for obvious reasons, but Spam shouldn't be one. The site has site-wide HTTPS, has the latest and most secure version of Magento (1.9.3.2), all emails are trusted, and the site contains no spammy content whatsoever. Nor does this site contain and spammy backlinks or outbound links. I have confirmed this myself. Their Blog is pretty new and only links to native site pages. Being that this site is pretty new it hasn't established many partnerships or backlink profile. There is no reason why this site should be blacklisted, other than competitors doing nasty things, or maybe the .guru extension has caused the site to be automatically blacklisted. I have been unable to find any info on how or why this site was blacklisted. I respectfully request for this site to be removed from the blacklist. Thanks for any time/consideration given to this dilemma. It's my first time dealing with this dilemma , so please excuse any mistakes or missing info. KingofVapes (talk) 00:13, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

The entire .guru TLD is indeed blacklisted. As it appears to simply be a commercial site for a specific entity, I'm not sure what the case would be to add this as a link anywhere. You may also want to change your username as it violates WP:ORGNAME. Kuru (talk) 00:50, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
@KingofVapes: Symbol declined.svg Declined, Defer to Whitelist for specific links / this domain. The whole TLD (.guru) is blocked, nothing can be done here. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:22, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

mobigyaan.com[edit]

mobigyaan.com: Linksearch en - 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 • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.orgDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

Dear Administrators, I cite mobigyaan.com along with other websites once in a while whenever I feel it's worth doing that. I have been there regular reader since last few years. Today when I tried to add the link I got a message that the domain has been blacklisted, I couldn't understand why it happened as this website is an authentic news source. Requesting you to look into this and remove it from the blacklist.

PS - Since, I haven't done this earlier I didn't know that mention of user name of necessary for the replies. I used to update without login.

Pixel_love (talk) 10:38, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

attukaldevi.com[edit]

attukaldevi.com: Linksearch en - 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 • Domain: domaintoolsAboutUs.orgDomainsDB.netAlexaWhosOnMyServer.com

Attukaldevi.com is block listed, the site is more informative of Attukal Devi temple. I request you to visit this site and remove from spam list. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 106.51.20.162 (talk) 09:58, February 17, 2017‎

Troubleshooting and problems[edit]

Logging / COIBot Instr[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.

Have added a supplement, a general " how-to of sorts. --Hu12 (talk) 10:31, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

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 do add 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. The bots are running on a new database, Eagle 101 is working on transferring the old data into this database so it becomes more reliable.

For those with access to IRC, there this data is available in real time. --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:41, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

poking COIBot

I notice that sometimes people who are not active on IRC need some link reports. Admins here can now add {{LinkSummary|domain}} to User:COIBot/Poke, when COIBot picks up the edit to that page (and it should), it will put the domains into its reporting queue (high priority, which is, only behind waiting XWiki reports) and create a report on the link(s). The first report should be saved within about 5 minutes, if it takes longer than 15 minutes there is probably something wrong, and it may be useful to add the template with the link again (it reads the added part of the diffs (the right column)), or poke me or another person who is active on IRC personally. Hope this is of help. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 12:46, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

P.S. Please don't overuse this function, everything still needs to be saved .. --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:54, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
It had some startup problems, but all seems to work fine now. --Dirk Beetstra T C 17:27, 4 June 2008 (UTC)


Discussion[edit]

Spam greylist[edit]

Please see this proposal that suggests requesting implementation of a spam greylist that would warn users. This could be a useful addition to the spam blacklist. Cenarium (talk) 18:18, 9 February 2017 (UTC)