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Proposed additions[edit]

Symbol comment vote.svg This section is for proposing that a website be blacklisted; add new entries at the bottom of the section, using the basic URL so that there is no link (, not Provide links demonstrating widespread spamming by multiple users on multiple wikis. Completed requests will be marked as {{added}} or {{declined}} and archived.[edit]

Noticed a sub-sub-subdomain of this being added, which is a clear redirect with user-profit click-IDs - lets see what the rest is, but this may be one to block. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 06:43, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

@Beetstra: I had the system generate the reports. To me it looks like rubbish.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:33, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Added Added - redirect site, seems to be used solely to transfer ClickIDs to other websites, likely a pay-per-click collector. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:36, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

Proposed additions (Bot reported)[edit]

Symbol comment vote.svg This section is for domains which have been added to multiple wikis as observed by a bot.

These are automated reports, please check the records and the link thoroughly, it may report good links! For some more info, see Spam blacklist/Help#COIBot_reports. Reports will automatically be archived by the bot when they get stale (less than 5 links reported, which have not been edited in the last 7 days, and where the last editor is COIBot).

  • If the report contains links to less than 5 wikis, then only add it when it is really spam
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Proposed removals[edit]

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Remember to provide the specific domain blacklisted, links to the articles they are used in or useful to, and arguments in favour of unlisting. Completed requests will be marked as {{removed}} or {{declined}} and archived.

See also /recurring requests for repeatedly proposed (and refused) removals.


  • The addition or removal of a domain from the blacklist is not a vote; please do not bold the first words in statements.
  • This page is for the removal of domains from the global blacklist, not for removal of domains from the blacklists of individual wikis. For those requests please take your discussion to the pertinent wiki, where such requests would be made at Mediawiki talk:Spam-blacklist at that wiki. Search spamlists — remember to enter any relevant language code[edit]

I was told to defer from en wiki blacklist to here, comments copy and pasted:
How can the site be useful
I cannot find any other sources online which quote some of the historical sources that this website does. The website is as vital as Template:Hadith-usc, which is linking to islamic primary sources at University of South Carolina's website here.

I cant find in the archives here why it was blacklisted. Possibly because it might be considered extremist literature, because it contains: hadith, quran and tafsir. And someone may have thought these historical text promote extremism and violence. If that was the reason it was blacklisted then that is like saying "block websites that link to the bible because it contains violence".

Also Wikipedia:WikiProject Spam/LinkReports/ explains nothing about why this was blacklsited--Misconceptions2 (talk) 12:21, 5 October 2014 (UTC)
Why it should not be blacklisted
It does not contain spam or any kind of malware. I beleive it was a huge mistake to blacklist this.

This website contains mainly Islamic primary sources known as Tafsir, so just like there is a Template:Hadith-usc linking to islamic primary sources at University of South Carolina's website, this website is same as the USC webcites which has records of islamic primary sources called hadith. has records of islamic primary sources call tafsir. I am proposing this be whitelisted for same reason as why links from Template:Hadith-usc that go to University of South Carolina's database of islamic primary sources is whitelisted.

Blacklisting reasons:
No opinion on delisting. MER-C 12:50, 5 October 2014 (UTC)
Ah i get it now, so it was blacklisted because some guys were posting external links to it. But the links were abosultely relevant. If only the blocking admin knew why those guys werel inking to that website on articles related to Quran verses. Its because those links give commentaries of the relevant quran verse. Although those guys may have spammed links from this website on wikipedia. I see that this spamming in particularly was actually relevant and not really considered spam. More effort should have been taken to investigate back then what exactly a tafsir is--Misconceptions2 (talk) 17:56, 5 October 2014 (UTC)
removed from blacklist here, but Template:Defermetablack because the site is still blacklisted on Meta.
I'll add that the behavior after being blacklisted on meta (evading the blacklist and hiring an outside entity to help them continue spamming) is questionable. Sites are blacklisted on the basis of behavior, and relevance isn't a reason to de-list, although I agree the links would be quite useful on Islam-related articles. ~Amatulić (talk) 17:30, 11 October 2014 (UTC)
@Misconceptions2: See the xwiki report above. Abusive overlinking looks to be the reason, and noting that it is still blacklisted at 4 wikipedias, so it was a widespread issue.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:46, 12 October 2014 (UTC)
I am not convinced either. Can you please explain why this site is offering additional info over the several original and translated pages that are already linked on many of the Wikipedia pages where these links were spammed to. We don't add external links just because they are on topic or about the same subject or because they are telling the same as another page that is already linked. The pages are not in English, so for the majority of the English-reading readers of Wikipedia the pages are not giving any additional info. If you argue that they should be linked from a template, then I would like to see a discussion about that. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:30, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
The links of those pages do not link to historial sources that this website contains. There are many types of tafsir. And this site has certain types that others do not. The most famous tafsir is Tafsir ibn Kathir, and this is hosted on many sites, that is what people usually link to. But htis site has other alternative ones like Tafsir of al-Wahidi (also called asab al nuzul which is very famous), also it has tafsir al jalayn. Many more as well. I dont find them on other sources--Misconceptions2 (talk) 20:52, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
I would suggest that you go back to enWP and seek a whitelist of the domain, or maybe look to specific paths of usefulness that they can whitelist. Maybe after it is demonstrated to no longer be abused it can be removed.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:46, 18 October 2014 (UTC)[edit]

This is fan-run website that works in conjunction with the official (Japanese) Tezuka website. It has been a reliable source since at least 2007. The website recently underwent some reconstruction, but it appears that an IP who sourced the characters and relevant part for Wikipedia, many years ago, was the reason to Blacklist it in August 2014. Please remove it from the blacklist. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 19:11, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

Fan sites are not authoritative, see w:en:Wikipedia:External links. This domain was added due to a spambot repeatedly trying to add the url, and I see no reason to remove it with the recent history.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:28, 6 September 2014 (UTC)
That reasoning does not make any sense when the Wikiproject has been content with such links for 7 years and that it has official approval from the Tezuka operators. Seems quite arbitrary and I have not seen evidence of recent abuse. Could you provide that? ChrisGualtieri (talk) 15:54, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
You can also look for local whitelisting if you want this to be used at English Wikipedia - en:WT:SWL. --Glaisher (talk) 16:20, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
Has this been an issue on any other Wiki other than Enwiki? I think I was the last person to actually add the link back in last year. The entire blacklisting seems to have been done because of an account that actually appears to be by an IP that points to a prominent A&M editor who is known for using IP addresses. If the issue is from 7 years ago, asking for a reason other than "bot flagged" be given here. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 21:51, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
When it was blocked ... it was attempted to be added by spambots crosswiki. It was attempted to be added by spambots crosswiki. It was attempted to be added by spambots crosswiki. That was said above, and I am not certain how to say it any more simply.
Much of this is jargon to me and I didn't understand where or what was being attempted. I thought my addition some months ago was being used to blacklist the site, but I guess it was some spammer attempting to flood it? I never seen this - but I guess its resolved. Thanks. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 04:08, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
The spambot activity was xwiki and seen in our global abuse filters, and as such none of the reports that I will have seen were enWP, they will be all of the smaller wikis. If you think that it should be allowed at enWP, so you can request a whitelist at w:en:Mediawiki:Spam-whitelistbillinghurst sDrewth 12:31, 12 October 2014 (UTC)[edit]

linking wanted in (at least) w:fr and w:de; blocked as a false positive of louisvuitton-spam-prevention [a-z0-9-]louis-?vuitton, see Special:diff/3124563. One way to globally un-blacklist the domain is a change to [a-z0-9-](?<!fondation)louis-?vuitton. I'll do that now, but maybe there are better ideas. -- seth (talk) 20:40, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Ah, that is the website, I have seen a similar complaint on en.wikipedia (but they did not tell me yet which website they were actually talking about). I already thought that this was the problem. I think this is indeed the best solution. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:30, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Troubleshooting and problems[edit]

Symbol comment vote.svg This section is for comments related to problems with the blacklist (such as incorrect syntax or entries not being blocked), or problems saving a page because of a blacklisted link. This is not the section to request that an entry be unlisted (see Proposed removals above).

SBHandler broken[edit]

SBHandler seems to be broken - both Glaisher and I had problems that it stops after the closing of the thread on this page, but before the actual blacklisting. Do we have someone knowledgeable who can look into why this does not work? --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 04:08, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

User:Erwin - pinging you as the developer. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 04:16, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

FYI when you created this section with the name "SBHandler", you prevented SBHandler from being loaded at all (see MediaWiki:Gadget-SBHandler.js "Guard against double inclusions"). Of course, changing the heading won't fix the original issue you mentioned. But at least it will load now. PiRSquared17 (talk) 15:30, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

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