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Please provide evidence of spamming on several wikis and prior blacklisting on at least one. Spam that only affects a single project should go to that project's local blacklist. Exceptions include malicious domains and URL redirector/shortener services. Please follow this format. Please check back after submitting your report, there could be questions regarding your request.
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Please check our list of requests which repeatedly get declined. Typically, we do not remove domains from the spam blacklist in response to site-owners' requests. Instead, we de-blacklist sites when trusted, high-volume editors request the use of blacklisted links because of their value in support of our projects. Please consider whether requesting whitelisting on a specific wiki for a specific use is more appropriate - that is very often the case.
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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]

xwiki spam. — Revi 12:32, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Added Added — Revi 12:33, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Proposed additions (Bot reported)[edit]

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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]

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)
@Lustiger seth:: fine by me if it solves the problem and just unlocks that website. We've got many LV spam cross-wiki. — M 10:54, 06 December 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done already at 2014-10-20. -- seth (talk) 07:49, 18 December 2014 (UTC)[edit]

I want to refer to the following link:

This is for the page en:David_Neil_MacKenzie (the current link to the obituary is broken). I don't see the reason why this domain is blocked, as it seems to be an academic source of information. בוקי סריקי (talk) 09:04, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

It seems to have been blocked following a request from enWP. @Dominic: do you have an opinion about the domain now with time having passed?  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:24, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

This was blacklisted due to spamming in combination with copyright infringement reasons. The situation may have changed, but Talk:Spam_blacklist/Archives/ <- this discussion from 2010 sums it up quite well. At that time, it was deemed of about the same quality as Wikipedia itself, it was not an academic source of information, their inclusion standards were far below what we would need for a reliable source (and that there was spamming involved in the additions only strengthens that conclusion).

Unless the situation on the site has drastically changed, I would leave it on the blacklist, and request whitelisting for the few really needed links, like this one. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:32, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

Two questions:

  1. Is this a copy of the original, or an independent report of the same info? If the former, is it properly attributed?
  2. Is a copy of the original available from one of the archiving sites?

Thanks. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 06:18, 27 November 2014 (UTC)[edit]

This site offers good independent information about the Syrian civil war and it doesn't contain spam or anything like that. Honestly, I don't even know why it was put on the list in the first place but I would like to see it on the green so people can use it as reference in their articles about this conflict.[edit]

We have a page about this source in Wikipedia.

Although arguably an extremist source, it has been widely used for sourcing in a large number of books see here and on many wikipedia pages. It was included in blacklist without discussion, based on a request from a suspicious IP [1]. My very best wishes (talk) 00:47, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Not blacklisted here - I would suggest that you ask on the English Wikipedia Spam WHITElist for a specific page on this domain to be whitelisted (e.g. the index.htm, or an about page). --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 05:11, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Declined Declined Not here. — Revi 10:31, 16 December 2014 (UTC)[edit]

Blocked as a false-positive by this [2] 2011 entry. de:User:Julia Kelbler tried to reinsert the link in the article de:Netzsch-Gruppe after she had accidentally removed it, see her section on dewiki's request-a-sysop page. (I think spamming of might have stopped in the meantime.) Thanks, --MBq (talk) 12:19, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

Maybe you can add domain to local whitelist? — Revi 12:27, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
OK, I'll try this, thank you --MBq (talk) 13:29, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
This is indeed something that the local whitelist should solve, add '\bnetzsch-thermal-analysis\.com\b' to that list. The spamming of the links that precipitated the blacklisting obviously stopped, the sites are blacklisted. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 04:55, 18 December 2014 (UTC)[edit]

Apparently added 2006-05-07 by Amgine with rationale "lots of URLs". I stumbled over it on c:Commons:YouTube_files#Chrome, and mentioned the issue on c:MediaWiki_talk:Spam-whitelist: "Insufficient documentation", and digging through thousands of entries in the edit history to identify the addition is excessively annoying. –Be..anyone (talk) 08:16, 18 December 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)
Another issue is that there's a bogus "undefined" edit summary when editing the SBL log. The customization of the script via our monobooks looks also broken. Thanks. — M 10:57, 06 December 2014 (UTC)


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