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General notice - 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 [ 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) and other links spammed by group of ip's[edit] 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: -download 07:38, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

Lots of related spamming going on:

May not be related, just similar links in similar articles. --Ronz (talk) 16:33, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

Looks like the ip's are shared and dynamic. --Ronz (talk) 17:00, 30 May 2015 (UTC)
Needs further review and lots of cleanup. --Ronz (talk) 17:01, 30 May 2015 (UTC)
I doubt these are all the same person, or even groups of people working together. Instead, it appears to be a range of ip's regularly used by spammers. --Ronz (talk) 16:46, 10 June 2015 (UTC)
And it looks like many of these pages are not reviewed for spam. --Ronz (talk) 18:15, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

(Restored discussion - bot archived it far too early) --Ronz (talk) 16:03, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

(Restored discussion - spamming has continued and still looking over ips) --Ronz (talk) 16:30, 12 July 2015 (UTC) needs to be added to XLinkBot, if not outright blacklisted. --Ronz (talk) 16:38, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

Couple more since last check. --Ronz (talk) 19:08, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

And more. --Ronz (talk) 15:51, 25 July 2015 (UTC)[edit]

The user adds massive amounts of ext links to . I checked some of them and they seem to be on topic. But it worries me that I have doubts that the user has best interest of wikipedia in mind, rather than promotion of the website. Since, as a wrote, the links are not entirely inappropriate, I would like to ask a more experienced person to handle the issue. Staszek Lem (talk) 20:12, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

Notified editor. --Ronz (talk) 22:26, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

The ip is registered to, and was notified of our coi policy in January, but continued spamming until June. LiaElbaz started editing a few days before the editing from the ip ceased. The first edits from LiaElbaz were modified by the ip, and some of the early edits from LisElbaz modified contributions from the ip. I'd guess that these are two different people from the same organization. --Ronz (talk) 22:49, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

Another account that has been spamming links to . I notified her about this discussion. — Malik Shabazz Talk/Stalk 02:54, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

Andrea LM Moo has a coi. --Ronz (talk) 15:08, 15 July 2015 (UTC) address, so coi as well. --Ronz (talk) 15:16, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

Discussion at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Judaism#link_spam_alert. Given the huge amount of spam here, it would be nice to get some help finding any additions that should remain. I've looked over quite a few, and it appears they all need some editing to remove the extraneous link (eg "at the Yiddish Book Center's"), and most should be outright removed as too off topic or redundant. --Ronz (talk) 15:41, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

Another Hampshire ip. --Ronz (talk) 17:51, 16 July 2015 (UTC)
A single edit, so may be a coincidence--Ronz (talk) 15:15, 18 July 2015 (UTC)

I'm doing some very quick-and-dirty cleanup. If there are valid external links in this, I could very well miss them. --Ronz (talk) 17:56, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

I didn't realize this was part of a linkspam, booo. The one added to Wandering Stars (novel) looked fine; it was the Yiddish text of the novel, which I suppose may not be useful to English users, but probably doesn't hurt either. –Roscelese (talkcontribs) 22:14, 16 July 2015 (UTC)
If they didn't have a conflict of interest and weren't adding the promotional link to their main site, it would be far less of a problem.
That's exactly one of the cases I was looking for. It would be helpful to know what the relevant projects think of linking to an original, non-English copy of a notable book. I do wish the book was more notable though. Anyone know? --Ronz (talk) 16:36, 17 July 2015 (UTC)
Looking further, I think it meets WP:ELYES and WP:NONENGEL, so such cases should be kept. --Ronz (talk) 16:48, 17 July 2015 (UTC)
The three links at Chaim Grade you deleted seem to pass WP:ELYES. Choor monster (talk) 14:39, 20 July 2015 (UTC)
Nice to have you looking into this. I don't agree, rather I think they fit ELNO pretty well given they have little or no content not already in the article or that should be. If you have any general comments about the spamming and how to address it, especially identifying general cases where the links should be kept, let's make sure those comments are at least summarized here. For specific links in specific articles, which seems to be the case for your comments, we might want to move to the article talk page.
The first link, "Collected Reflections on Grade and Vilne" is too off topic and redundant. I think it should be removed outright.
The second link, "Chaim Grade on Yiddish Literature" is worse, since it isn't about Grade but rather his perspective on the literature.
The third link, "Chaim Grade Reads from His Work and Is Interviewed by Abraham Tabachnick Part 1" is a non-English sound recording of Grade reading his work followed by an interview. The reading his work part is completely off topic. The interview, if it were in English, would be questionable at best. As a whole, it doesn't belong. --Ronz (talk) 15:35, 20 July 2015 (UTC)
I'll respond on Talk:Chaim Grade. Choor monster (talk) 16:02, 20 July 2015 (UTC) is removing the additional links, which is a tiny improvement while ignoring the real problems. --Ronz (talk) 15:10, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

As has Andrea LM Moo. --Ronz (talk) 19:06, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Dead link spam[edit]

FYI I finally got around to creating an edit filter for dead link spamming at Special:AbuseFilter/711. Sam Walton (talk) 16:52, 21 July 2015 (UTC)

Nicely done! Kuru (talk) 23:25, 21 July 2015 (UTC)
Awesome work, many thanks. Of course it will still show some good faith edits as well (but that's easy to spot during manual checking). GermanJoe (talk) 15:47, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
Yeah it could probably be done in a more clever way, but this should show all replacements of the dead link template with a citation. Sam Walton (talk) 15:50, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
Seems to be quite effective. Maybe hide the details of the filter and tweak it as we go. -KH-1 (talk) 07:02, 23 July 2015 (UTC)
@KH-1: I don't see a need for hiding. Partly because I dont see many users making an effort to avoid this filter, and partly because not hiding it allows non-admins to patrol it too. Sam Walton (talk) 11:18, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

@Samwalton9: These two edits were made without triggering the filter [1] [2] - could you have a look at it? -KH-1 (talk) 04:19, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

@KH-1: The filter looks for removal of the template and a link being added; the first was only removal of the template which I don't find to be particularly concerning. It's not helpful but it's not really worth tracking with the filter. As for the second edit, that didn't involve a dead link replacement and so is somewhat out of the scope of this filter. I'm actually not sure we could track that anyway. Sam Walton (talk) 12:25, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

@Samwalton9: I've seen a bit of {{who}}, {{citation needed}} and the like being replaced with spam recently -- [3][4][5][6]. Worse still, the last three diffs are the typical three edit spam seen in Special:Abusefilter/699 (but weren't caught). MER-C 13:54, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

Hm. Might be worth tracking citation needed removals too in that case. Also, what's the obsession with dental articles? Sam Walton (talk) 13:57, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
Just that particular bunch. I blocked another three three-edit spammers today, this time spamming a binoculars related website. MER-C 10:52, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

@Samwalton9: Would it be worthwhile to remove additions from the filter? Granted, they are only approx. 10% of the filter hits so far, but all of them are most likely valid good faith additions. Just a random thought, feel free to ignore :).GermanJoe (talk) 11:11, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

@GermanJoe: Good catch, I've added a line so that it avoids when the user adds a link. Sam Walton (talk) 11:18, 31 July 2015 (UTC)[edit] 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:

Currently dead link spammed by:

GermanJoe (talk) 05:42, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Blacklisted. MER-C 10:09, 23 July 2015 (UTC)
tripped the spam blacklist for this domain. MER-C 10:48, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

Web hosting spam[edit]


Blacklisted. There's loads of related domains, keep your eyes peeled. MER-C 10:42, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

Persistent spam at International English Language Testing System[edit]

One or more editors is persistently trying to insert inline links to 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: at International English Language Testing System. He or she has been warned but is using multiple accounts. Semi-protecting the article would address this problem but I defer to others who may have other suggestions e.g., blacklist. ElKevbo (talk) 15:06, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

This continues to be a minor but persistent problem. Can an administrator please take action? ElKevbo (talk) 16:41, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
I've blocked the latest account and added the article to my watchlist. I usually wait until it's a multiple-account, multiple-article situation before blacklisting, but will watch and see if another one pops up. Kuru (talk) 17:06, 1 August 2015 (UTC)[edit]

Addition of links in various pages. Spamming since 2007-2008. Should be blacklisted. - Variation 25.2 (talk) 18:25, 27 July 2015 (UTC)[edit]


SPA accounts adding url into multiple articles. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 04:29, 29 July 2015 (UTC)[edit]


Multiple IPs adding links into several different articles. All of the IPs involved appear to geo-locate to the same region in Italy. The IPs only activity has been to add the link, with no attempts to respond to talk page comments or warnings about the links. The site being linked appears to be a non-notable blog, possibly self-published. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 17:32, 29 July 2015 (UTC)[edit]

Fanliyang1112 has been inserting links to on various song articles.[7][8][9][10]

The website looks like it links to Vevo and Youtube to host video content. Such a website is completely unnecessary, as Vevo and Youtube are sufficient. Binksternet (talk) 16:59, 1 August 2015 (UTC)[edit] 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:

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

User got final warning (as spam-only account). GermanJoe (talk) 18:05, 1 August 2015 (UTC)[edit]

User is adding this domain to "List of newspapers in X" articles, etc...Vrac (talk) 19:44, 2 August 2015 (UTC)