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Do you use IRC? The only method I know of adding things to the monitor list is with an IRC command. If not, I can add them for you. &nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<b style="color:#309;">[[User:Mike.lifeguard|Mike]].[[User talk:Mike.lifeguard|lifeguard]]</b>&nbsp;&#124;&nbsp;<sup>[[:b:en:User talk:Mike.lifeguard|<span style="color:#309;">@en.wb</span>]]</sup> 18:26, 31 January 2009 (UTC)
 
Do you use IRC? The only method I know of adding things to the monitor list is with an IRC command. If not, I can add them for you. &nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<b style="color:#309;">[[User:Mike.lifeguard|Mike]].[[User talk:Mike.lifeguard|lifeguard]]</b>&nbsp;&#124;&nbsp;<sup>[[:b:en:User talk:Mike.lifeguard|<span style="color:#309;">@en.wb</span>]]</sup> 18:26, 31 January 2009 (UTC)
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:No, I don't have IRC but I'll get put the list here in about 5 minutes. --<font face="Futura">[[User:A. B.|A. B.]] [[User talk:A. B.|<sup>(talk)</sup>]] </font> 18:30, 31 January 2009 (UTC)
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::Here's the list of additional pdesigner.net clients to monitor:
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::*{{LinkSummary|19parking.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|3stepsnyc.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|4easylet.co.uk}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|amazonnia.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|auditionconnection.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|bearproofcontainers.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|betimpianti.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|chocolatetreasurechest.com}}
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:::*Previously flagged as spam: [[:en:Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Spam/2008 Archive Mar 2.5#http://sss.ChocolateTreasureChest.com]] however I'm not sure it fits the same pattern as our spammer.
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::*{{LinkSummary|cnfengineering.co.uk}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|cokebusters.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|cowandcloth.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|fincaazerbaijan.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|flyshack.co.uk}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|greatstockpix.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|hairbeam.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|ikier.ie}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|inter.az}}
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:::*official web site of the Azeri football club, which has an article
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::*{{LinkSummary|isja.sn}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|jfletcher.co.uk}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|leeinvestments.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|localareaflorist.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|localfloraldelivery.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|lomin.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|magsn.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|markhamfinehomes.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|my-oh-my.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|oceanusgifts.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|parism2.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|sgtranslation.net}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|shieldenergy.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|shirtsweb.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|spadeanddiamond.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|spinnakercollege.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|svinternational.co.uk}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|synergytanningsystems.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|tci-services.co.uk}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|texbusiness.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|theteeshop.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|vacilandos.com}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|wajaujao.org}}
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::*{{LinkSummary|xmgonline.com}}
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::Reference:
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::*www.pdesigner.net/testimonials.html
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::*www.pdesigner.net/portfolio.html
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::Thanks! --<font face="Futura">[[User:A. B.|A. B.]] [[User talk:A. B.|<sup>(talk)</sup>]] </font> 18:42, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

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Heeeey!

Hey there, just thought I'd say hello. So why is it that you're on a personal crusade against me?
--The preceding unsigned comment was added by B.C. (talk • contribs) 06:45, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

Context:
--A. B. (talk) 15:37, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Oookay!?

"Broken into the kitchen" ? 68.39.174.238 14:06, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

If you'd grown up in a big family of kids and your mama often baked pies and cookies for consumption a few hours later ("A. B., get your hands off that pie -- it's for supper -- and for Pete's sake -- stay out of my kitchen!") ... well, then you'd know what I was talking about! --A. B. (talk) 14:30, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
Hot dang I'd forgotten I'd asked that. While the meaning was obvious from the context, that explanation IS, for lack of a better word, phrased hilariously. No, I don't know, but I do understand... <G> 68.39.174.238 01:38, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

Sysop rights

Thanks! -- Zanimum 15:52, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Texoma linkspam case

A.B. Did you care to warn the comments like General Tojo and I claim my five pounds that [[1]] made on [[2]]. This comment along with others was said before hand. Or are you just singling me out becuase I questioned some of your edits?
--The preceding unsigned comment was added by 72.24.79.46 (talk • contribs) 22:46, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

Context:
--A. B. (talk) 15:17, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Apology

A.B. you was justified for surfquotes.com. An admin pointed it out to me here [[3]], if at any point I would have seen this earlier I would have stopped fighting for surfquotes. However, the admin hasn't found one for nationwidebillrelief.com and if you know of one please post it here and on the blacklist. Then I can rest assured knowing my word has stood and I don't owe the user warned anything, since it was spam, which deserves a blacklist. If not tell me one more time how to get the site whitelisted. I am sorry for not researching surfquotes good enough and for taking up so much of your time in which could have been avoided if not for me. I was just so mad at you for seeking revenge or to hurt others for a single edit, yet post many blacklist. Again I hope you can accept my appology on surfquotes.com and once one is found for nationwidebillrleief.com you will get one on that and the revenge I said you was seeking since you was justified. If not tell me one more time how to get the site whitelisted. --The preceding unsigned comment was added by 72.24.79.46 (talk • contribs) 04:46, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

Context:
--A. B. (talk) 15:18, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Slanderous

you are slanderous, and malicous beyond believe stay away from my brands in future and stop stalking me
The preceding unsigned comment was added by 89.241.231.183 (talk • contribs) 05:05, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

See en:User talk:Rickie rich#Summary: flo2flo.com accounts and behaviour on Wikipedia for a summary of this user's multiple accounts, domains, blocks and discussions.

STOP STALKING ME I have not used flo2flo.com ARE YOU BEGGING FOR ACTION
The preceding unsigned comment was added by 89.241.237.241 (talk • contribs) 14:39, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

oops..sorry about that..

I'll fix my formatting macro so I don't post live url's to the domain I'm requesting blacklisting for (duh!).. thanks for cleaning it up! --Versageek 17:05, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

hi! excuse-me

hi, excuse for the vandaism :D i'm a newbie in wikimedia, and ii've thought: whi i can't try an edit? i'm a bit stupid, i know it :D anyway a say you goodbye and i prefer if you don't look my horrible english.

bye EDIT: i have forgotted the signature:D --79.2.242.167 19:06, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

Context: I reverted this IP's vandalism to Meta:Requests for adminship. --A. B. (talk) 15:05, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Spam links

You are deleting from et: wikipedia links from the blacklist but don't comment the reason. Maybe it would be better if we decided ourselves what is spam? 84.50.240.241 04:53, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

I'm sorry to offend you -- thanks for contacting me. Comments:
  1. I have left links to the spam blacklist discussions in my edit summaries
  2. I keep the articles on my et:wikipedia watchlist and I check my et:user talk page for comments -- so far I've seen no objections at et.wikipedia
  3. I remove these links purely as a courtesy. Once blacklisted, these articles are "locked down" by the MediaWiki software and can not be edited until the blacklisted link is deleted or disabled (by putting a space between "http://" and the rest of the link). So someone, somewhere is going to have to disable or remove those links anyway. The pop-up spam filter warning does not make it especially obvious how an editor can fix the problem (at least not to all the people that come here to ask how to fix the problem). I'm not sure it make a difference whether the person is in et:Narva, es:Valencia, id:Jakarta or en:Toronto.
  4. You can always request the article be whitelisted on et.wikipedia, allowing the link to be used on et.wikipedia only. Any et.admin can add the link to et:MediaWiki:Spam-whitelist. If you need help with this, I'll be happy to help.
  5. If you think the link is of value beyond et.wikipedia, you can request on Meta-Wiki that it be globally whitelisted at Talk:Spam blacklist#Proposed removals.
Is there a particular link you are concerned about? --A. B. (talk) 14:07, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
Epilogue: no subsequent response here or on et.wikipedia. --A. B. (talk) 18:11, 7 June 2007 (UTC)
Still no response, whitelisting or edit reversions here or on et.wikipedia. --A. B. (talk) 15:39, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Spam listing

Thanks for taking the time to answer me regarding the G-e-mm-i-s-m-o site, I agree with you and this won't happen again I located the person who made the changes and he is being dealt with by personally. I am a huge supporter of wikipedia and I also contribute in various projects online such as dmoz, open-site, chefmoz and wikipedia. All I ask is for a once off leniency to list the ip and not the domain name so that the name of the site won't appear on the spam blacklist, regardless this will never happen again unless the site has anything to offer in later stages. Thanks for your responses 84.228.33.32 18:09, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

What you say makes sense and I have an open mind to this, however I'm not an admin and cannot make this happen. (I recommended your site be blacklisted, but it took an admin/sysop to actually blacklist it). I see you made the same proposal at Talk:Spam blacklist -- let's see what response it gets. --A. B. (talk) 18:13, 12 June 2007 (UTC)
Do you know who is the sysop that actually made this happen i.e. blacklisted the site? and you sure you can't just remove what you places on the page or at least change the url to an ip you were still the poster of this listing can you perhaps try to change it to help me out here... Thanks again for the understanding 84.228.33.32 20:18, 12 June 2007 (UTC)
Hi --A. B. (talk) can you please help me out here with removing us from the blacklist, I think you understand our position and we need all the help we can get this has already started to hurt us to great affect. Thanks for your help 83.130.44.203 07:55, 26 June 2007 (UTC)
Hi -- I'm not an admin (sysop). Only an admin can make the decision to add or remove a site from the blacklist. --A. B. (talk) 21:08, 27 June 2007 (UTC)
I understand that but it seems like you have a saying and are very active can you say something to one of the sysops to help us out? This silly action is costing us a lot of money investors are checking the site out online and find it within a spam list and that is really making us look bad. I going crazy here and I need to solve this somehow, any ideas? I just saw my request was rejected again. Any help would be appreciated, Thanks 84.228.109.85 23:00, 30 June 2007 (UTC)
Context:
--22:28, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Possible spam: www.world-archiv.de

Hi,

I found you on hr wiki, and since you deal with the spam, it's best if I ask you this: Can you please check if these contributions (links to http://www.world-archiv.de) might be called spamming?

--Ante Perkovic 08:11, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

Ante,
I see that these links are only found in the Croatian and Bosnian Wikipedias, based on a search of the 57 largest Wikipedias:
I don't read German or Croatian, so I cannot ultimately judge this site and its relevance to the Wikipedia articles. When I've removed links from your Wikipedia before, they have always been confirmed as widely cross-wiki spammed and obviously spammy stuff, so I've not needed to read Croatian (or Sanskrt for that matter) to delete a link. I delete the links since, once a link is blacklisted, any page containing a blacklisted link is protected until the link is removed. So when I remove links on hr.wikipedia, it's more in the role of janitor than as a "link policeman".
However, just looking at the world-archiv.de pages, visually they appear "spammy":
  • Lots of Google ads
    • Adsense commission account ID: 7204057488406086
  • Content is mostly what appears to be a "scraped" news feed.
I see the links were also added by 85.10.60.182. Neither the IP nor Animator have contributed much else to your Wikipedia. Your spammer has several characteristics:
In English, we have a saying: "if it walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck". I may not be able to understand what the text on those pages is quacking about, but those sites sure seem to walk and swim like ducks.
You can see something about the Google commissions from these ads by examining the "Google - Anzeigen" URL on a kroatien-reiseportal.net page:
The number after "ca-pub-" is the Google commission account, 8922862897421794, to which Google pays ad commissions. Some spammers use the same account number for more than one site, so it can be a tool for proving two sites are owned by the same spammer
The one Bosnian link appears to have been added innocently when an editor (not your spammer?[5],[6]) ported over material from hr.wikipedia; the link came with it.[7]
Domaintools.com shows both German and Croatian addresses for both sites:
I don't know how common "Novoselac" is --perhaps the two Novoselacs listed are relatives.
Aboutus.org suggests possibly related domains that it thinks may or may not be affiliated with these:
These pages lead us to at least more Novoselac-related domains (based on Google account numbers and/or whois records):
Cross-wiki searches on these additional domains don't show any more spam:
If your spammer persists in spite of warnings, you can request a Meta admin blacklist his domain by going to Talk:Spam blacklist. Meta admins have a much shorter fuse for cross-wiki spamming, however there does not need to be any spamming beyond hr.wikipedia provided it's persistent. (I am not an admin myself, so I cannot blacklist a domain).
If you are interested in some of the tools we use on en.wikipedia, feel free to check out procedures and tools we use at en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Spam.
We've been forced to be resourceful out of necessity since we're overwhelmed with spam-- on a typical day, we have 7000 to 8000 external links added to the >3 million we already have on en.wikipedia. Probably 10% to 20% of these new links are pure spam. Many others are inappropriate but added in good faith by editors who don't understand we're an encyclopedia, not a forum. We just concentrate on the pure spam. Probably 3/4 of our spam comes from spammers making money from ads and the rest from spammers trying to sell something.
I hope this helps.
--A. B. (talk) 17:28, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

www.languedoc-france.info

I've been trying to add the following text on the Spam Blacklist page in response to you, but am unable to (there's spam link somewhere else on the page that I cannot find!). I wonder if you would be kind enough to add the following text on my behalf and then respond to it.

I'm a bit confused by all of this and I suspect that anything I have to say is going to be ignored, but just in case, here are a few observations.
As far as I can see, no-one has produced a single example of spam. The links mentioned were added over years by a small number of people. All of them were good links.
I looked further into the links from Wiki pages in other languages and as far as I can see, they are not spam either. Checking my stats I see for example that visitors from de.wikipedia on average stay for over three minutes and visit four pages. That cannot be a profile for spam links. Again, looking at other foreign languege pages I find that many links are given in the corresponding language. Is it suggested that a single spammer is fluent in over a dozen different languages. It does not sound likely.
I'm wondering if we have different ideas about what constitutes spam. For me a link that improves the page it's on cannot be spam. You seem to believe that the identity of the poster is more relevant than the quality of the link. Suppose a BBC enthusiast posts nmerous good links to the BBC website over several years. Are those links spam? Will you blacklist the BBC? If not, could someone please explain the difference.
On the question of the merry invitation to visitors to add links to Wikipedia. Is this regarded as unacceptable? It is relevant here that www.languedoc-france.info is the leading and most comprehensive and authoritive site on the Languedoc, so people who find it useful might reasonably be invited to add links to Wikipedia. Adding good links benefits both Wikipedia and www.languedoc-france.info. Or is there some rule I don't know about?
As I said, I don't really follow most of the preceding two contributions. I get the impression that they are hostile and intended to suggest that I am responsible for the spamming. I am not a spammer and if I were I suspect I would not be inclined to spamlink only my non-commercial sites, and not one of my commercial ones. It simply would not make sense.
Although I don't really follow the previous contribution it definitely comes over as hostile and the author appears to be attempting to suggest some sort of unpleasant associations. In any case I wonder if it has occured to anyone to consider the possibility that I have acted in good faith throughout. James McDonald 66.108.0.58 00:09, 20 July 2007 (UTC)
You should be able to edit Talk:Spam blacklist now -- I encourage you to directly make your case there at Talk:Spam blacklist#languedoc-france.info --A. B. (talk) 16:58, 21 July 2007 (UTC)
Context:
--A. B. (talk) 23:04, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

On the Puerto Rican webpage you were blacklisting

Dear A. B.:
I agree with BeautifulFeminine, there seems to be arguments pulled out of context in your arguments, A. B.
It strikes me that somebody who has the interest and time to explain to you why this has seemed so outrageous may go point by point to explain why your arguments don't necessarilly hold water if you scratch the veneer a little bit.
For example, you talked to her about the Socialist International page, but you forgot to put that in context, such as that the Puerto Rican Independence Party happens to be an integral part of the Socialist International, it's webpage seems to carry many articles about the Socialist International; also, the President of the Puerto Rican Independence Party happens to be the Honorary President of the Socialist International, so I would see many potential reasons for that link to be cited; it's all about context. Also, you could go to the extreme of arguing that some people added links without the ideal care for explaining the edit, etc. but that doesn't seem to have generated blacklisting in thousands of practically thousands of other countless links on Wikipedia.
Other important arguments that may be explained more thoroughly by this directly affected and/or with better understanding of this matter:
Most of the 50some Wikipedias you cite had a link to that party's website either from the Wiki about precisely that party or on the section of official websites associated to Puerto Rico, its government or its government's dependencies.
Links to other alternative points of view were apparently added just the same! Just look at the links to the Puerto Rico government site (allegedly occupied by two other parties).
You neglected to say that the Puerto Rican Independence Party seems to be --by all the inquires I performed-- the only political party with an English & Spanish language website, and the only one of the parties in Puerto Rico that are a member of the largest conglomeration of political parties in the world, that it seems to participate in international summits and meetings way above-and-beyond the other two principal parties; doesn't this seem to offer important context to the arguments you presented?
You say that the other parties obtain the 95% of the remaining vote but neglect to mention that theirt two at-larg legislators (I think Senator and Representative) are allegedly the ones who obtain by-far the most votes in all of Puerto Rico; doesn't this nuance your argument about vote percentages, even if that argument were to hold some water?
You don't mention that the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico's website (Spanish-exclusive website, that is, explains on its cover that it has been offline and in construction for an extended amount of time.
You don't mention that the independence party of Puerto Rico has various articles about direct democracy and its particular understanding of democratic self-determination that could explain links to the Direct Democracy Wiki-Entry.
The same thing seems to apply to slavery and the political ramifications of hip-hop and other urban music spin-offs that the Independence party in question seems to have been related to directly or indirectly; did you check what the links in question were offering as context for what you have offered as arguments?
You talk about percent of votes but neglect to remark that an encyclopedia isn't necessarily going to establish entries at the same order of who wins what percent of elections; has this measuring stick been used against other Wiki-link additions? You neglect to say that this party is apparently BY-DEFINITION more internationally-focused and projecting towards international contacts, precisely because it is an independence party; that might put into context your remarks about the statistics you provide about other political parties in Puerto Rico.
You explain that in cases where you found a link to the party, you merely removed the http:// suffix, but from what I have been told and I myself have been able to see, various of the Puerto Rico Independence Wiki's were completely stripped of any allusion to its website, including the English-Language wiki on the PIPR party, which until yesterday was stripped of the link stemming from the same page that expounds on that party, i.e. the Wiki entry on the PIPR.
How can you say that this may not be a case of unfair selectivity and out-of-context argumentation?
I sincerely hope to hear from you and receive your input because I think this matter has adversely affected other Wiki-Entries that have lost the enriching information-filled possibilities that are offered by people searching for more information and alternative points of view! At first glance, and after a more thorough review, I agree with the gentelmen and ladies that have written to questio whether this was a mistake or a case of assuming spam when it doesn't seem to fit the extreme-extent test (of a particular website link abuse) that should be taken into account before Blacklisting.
I think that a Reconsideration is in order. Again, on the basis of what has been discussed and the product of my own investigation (and I admit I am not an expert on Puerto Rico or the PIPR), I am awaiting your pondered response because this is important to all Wiki entries and future precedents on this wonderful free-information portal that is Wikipedia and the rest of the Wikimedia portals,

SuomiHombrougui 23:00, 27 July 2007 (UTC)

Thank you for writing. Here are my comments:
  1. I did not request independencia.net be blacklisted nor was I the admin that reviewed the request and blacklisted the link. What I did do was "cleanup". None of the pages with these links can be edited until the links are removed or disabled. This was essentially a janitorial task to "unlock" many Wikipedia pages for editing.
  2. Where there was a directly relevant connection between PIPR and the article, I stripped the "http" from the link, disabling it as a software link, but leaving it for human eyeballs to see.
  3. I only cleaned up a portion of the links and I can only speak to the ones I cleaned up as to how I did it.
  4. For all the links I disabled, I looked to see if the indepencia.net page was relevant. So for instance, for every article about PIPR, I left the www.indepencia.net. For articles about Puerto Rico, I was not always consistent, but as a general rule, if there were many links, I left www.indepencia.net; if there was only the PIPR link, I deleted it.
  5. I've been aware of the indepencia.net spam problem for a while now from work in cleaning up smaller Wikipedias. These links were always added by drive-by anonymous editors busy spamming across many Wikipedias in the same session.
  6. Having said this, I support the decision to blacklist these links. It was clearly the only way to control the problem, given its extent and persistence.
Ultimately, this is an encyclopedia, not a bulletin board or a media outlet. Content including links are governed by various guidelines and policies. Here are the relevant ones to this discussion:
As I see it, many, many of these links were added in violation of these rules. The requesting editor and blacklisting admin were enforcing these standards and acted quite properly.
I think we'll just have to agree that we disagree on this issue.--A. B. (talk) 16:14, 28 July 2007 (UTC)
Context:
--A. B. (talk) 23:11, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Hi

You seem to be as much of an aficionado of spam as I am! Equally no one seems to be around actually putting stuff on the blacklist at present (no idea where they all are). If you come across anything you think needs attention I am usually on sometime each day - I'll help if I can (I am the main user of a few local blacklists but no expert). Cheers --Herby talk thyme 16:02, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

Thanks. --A. B. (talk) 16:04, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

Regarding Telugu WIki quote

Thanks for your support to keep Telugu Wiki Quote on WAit & Review status. I or another enthusiats will apply for adminship very soon. Regards - Kajasudhakarababu

Your opinions about deserted Wikiquotes

Are you pointing our Wikibooks instead. What do you imply? --Aphaia 16:14, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

Well, I am not implying very much of anything. It's a typo -- sorry. My comment should have read "q:ga:Special:Allpages" and "q:ga:Special:Recentchanges". I was copying and pasting from my response from another requested closure and got my b's and q's mixed. --A. B. (talk) 17:16, 16 August 2007 (UTC)
I see, no prob. Thank you for caring those projects. But ... well, not offensive, but did you give a look to those projects? Your way doesn't mean necessarily so. --Aphaia 03:48, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
Yes, I did look at these projects.
Aphaia, if you look at my contributions on 8 August, you'll see I spent multiple hours on these projects. I went to each project, checking out both the "All Pages" and "Recent Changes" reports. I looked at each page in each project (unless it was obviously spam from the title, such as "W/w/w/w/index.php"). In some cases where there appeared to have been an active user in the past who was still active on some other project or might otherwise have an interest, I left that person a message. Examples:
I use a tabbed browser and sometimes open and close multiple edit windows at once, so some responses that were saved within a minute of each other in my edit history were actually prepared over a longer time.
Notwithstanding typos such as the one you found, I tried to leave links to the "All Pages" and "Recent Changes" reports in my comments (and my edit summaries) for each closure proposal. I did this to enable and encourage others following me several weeks later to check for themselves if anything had changed since I left my response. Sometimes I've seen closure discussions stretch out so long that a once moribund project at the start of the discussion has come alive by the time others are commenting 3 months later. I think everyone needs, therefore, to check these projects for themselves.
Aphaia, I feel I put sufficient time and care into these to comment appropriately. In fact, I think I went beyond the effort and care put in by most respondents. At the same time, I can make mistakes (even after previewing several times). Are there any other problems that you see or should I be approaching these proposals any differently?
Thanks, --A. B. (talk) 15:19, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

Open proxy

Not quite sure what you intended by the edit but the IP was blocked here a while ago by Nick according to the block log? Cheers --Herby talk thyme 16:31, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

This user vandalised the spam blacklist talk page earlier and I noticed it was an open proxy. I did not check the block log, just the talk page. My mistake.--A. B. (talk) 18:54, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Local blacklistings

I'm reviewing some of the spam reqs. However I don't have that much time today but what strikes me as obvious is the need to get the local blacklist going on en wp. Are there no half decent admins there (!!) that will do it? I'd block quite a few of the ones you've listed on any wiki I was an admin without blinking. Cheers --Herby talk thyme 11:24, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Yeah

Re-reading it I see what you mean so no problem. I've cleared a few today - some awaiting more comments. I'll do what I can be I think I'd be at some risk if I start globally blacklisting sites that are strictly an en wp problem. If there were evidence of spam on other wikis that would be different... Some of the domains listed look rather high level (the france one for example) and I can see trouble if I block at that level. Cheers --Herby talk thyme 12:50, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

Mail --Herby talk thyme 07:21, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Spam

Thanks for the help & guidance. I'll take your advice about biblewalks tomorrow almost certainly. Then I'll try and get the page a bit clearer for folks to read. If you do come across cross wiki spam you can be sure I will deal with it as quickly as I can if I am around. It is a while back but I do remember my frustration at getting it dealt with.

I have started a discussion on the Meta mailing list about the use of Meta's blacklist and I think I will do the same on the Foundation list shortly. I am certain that there are some sites it would be desirable to block at Meta level even if currently they only affect one wiki and I'll look for clarification/support on that. Finally if you are mad enough to put a request in for something on en wp I'd like to know! Cheers --Herby talk thyme 18:52, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Sticky carpet?

Any update on this? Also I have now posted to the Foundation mailing list seeking views on blocking some spam at Meta level even if only one wiki may be currently affected (depending on the type of spam). Cheers --Herby talk thyme 08:20, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

As far as I'm concerned, this stickycarpet's been ready and waiting for blacklisting here for a while.
Other comments:
  1. For interesting reading: en:WP:ANI#Hijack an article .. then hijack an entire wikipedia for yourself? (permanent link) -- damnedest thing I've seen in quite a while. If you get the chance, can you block meta User:Tutunsuz for vandalism? Thanks.
  2. independencia.net: I suspect indignant removal requests will come around periodically in the future and it might be helpful to whoever handles to have the sockpuppetry on this round definitively proven for the record. You can leave it open or, if you archive it now, we can always update the archive entry.
  3. Meta mailing list exchange: I'm not a subscriber, but your note flagged me to check the archive. I saw Versageek's response to your post. No consensus was ever really reached but things are rolling along anyway. Like so many things around the hive, a couple of bees started doing things one way on en.wikipedia and another one or two started something congruent on meta leading to a de facto arrangement where en.wikipedia-only spam gets blacklisted there only. I think any cross-wiki spam should be blacklisted here.
    1. We should bear in mind that sometimes links appear on other wikipedias when editors import whole chunks of text and link from larger articles on the big wikipedias for translation; this passive addition of links should not be interpreted as proof either way: it's not proof of spamming nor does it reflect any real good faith endorsement of a domain's value.
    2. I think URL redirects should continue to be preemptively blacklisted on sight.
    3. Cross-wiki or not, we should globally blacklist stuff from really egregious, long-term spammers and POV-pushers like anyone listed at en:Wikipedia:Long term abuse#Entries or that list's equivalent on other projects. Those guys are just so sneaky and persistent they have to be shut down everywhere whenever someone sees them anywhere. The Wikislavia crowd on ru.wikipedia are probably another example.
    4. Finally, I think once a spammer has spammed cross-wiki and had a domain blocked here, any subsequent domains he spams should be blocked cross-wiki as a matter of course, even if they're only seen initially on one project. The spammer's already demonstrated he ignores warnings and that he has a taste for cross-wiki spamming so there's no point in waiting for more trouble.
That's my 2 pence for the day. --A. B. (talk) 12:33, 23 August 2007 (UTC)
Also posted to foundation-l - not dissimilar results! I'm in broad agreement with you - I guess in the end we could work at "being bold" together on it! --Herby talk thyme 16:05, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

Link shorteners

? tinyurl.com - should it be there? (and then went and looked!). Maybe run your eye over the actual blacklist if you have time - tinyurl\.com (& similar) is there but not \btinyurl\.com\b  ! Did someone mess up? Cheers --Herby talk thyme 16:03, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

Did you get a chance to look at this? Certainly blacklist is not working at present - cheers --Herby talk thyme 11:14, 27 August 2007 (UTC)
Sorry to be slow -- I'm on the road. tinyurl.com should not be anywhere within Wikipedia (unless some project has ill-advisedly whitelisted it locally). As for how to list it on the actual blacklist, I don't understand how all the slashes and b's work, so I can't help you there.
Thanks for catching this. --A. B. (talk) 14:55, 27 August 2007 (UTC)
No problem - I'll get to it as soon as I can - time short here too! Cheers --Herby talk thyme 15:04, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

Non foundation spam

Placed this & will probably put it on Talk:Spam blacklist/About. I'll put the link on "requests for admin assistance" maybe too? Any other thoughts? Cheers --Herby talk thyme 11:56, 29 August 2007 (UTC)

External links policy/guidelines

Hum - do we (you & I) need to get one of these started - extension of Spam blacklist/About maybe or similar? We could use it to retrospectively validate (!!) the blacklisting of link shorteners for example. We could make it clear we are on about External Links not Spam (so often used on appeal). Make it clear there is no right to have the particular link that seems so vital to you. Make a statement that it is the community consensus that determines the acceptability (?) in that if different members of the community keep removing it their actions are saying that they do not require the link. We could "define" cross wiki spam. It would also allow us to deal with the aspect of non Foundation use of the blacklist.

Load of rubbish. idea or ? Cheers --Herby talk thyme 08:37, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Sounds like a good idea!
--A. B. (talk) 21:33, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
PS -- I got your e-mail -- thanks!

Now then

I am a bit unreasonable - but I could block that IP for a bit? Can't see it is an open proxy but the spam blacklistings are there - I'd likely do a month based on that & your links? Cheers --Herby talk thyme 12:06, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

Go for it. --A. B. (talk) 14:06, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
I'd be useless on en wp - doing enough wrong for long enough and maybe we'll do a little block. they know what they are doing (& of course I assume good faith, never preemptively block ....) --Herby talk thyme 14:28, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

Squidoo req

Just reading the remove req - as it is clickable it ain't blacklisted - en wp? And should it be - cheers --Herby talk thyme 18:30, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

It's blacklisted only on en.wikipedia. See:
See also:
I've never really understood squidoo enough to know whether the whole thing is a mess or just individual subdomains ("lenses"). Hu12 (en.wikipedia's spam guru) has tracked the heck out of it and knows a lot about it. Let me get him/her into the discussion. I know it should be blacklisted on en.wikipedia but I'm not sure that many of the links on other projects were really spam. Hu12 should know. --A. B. (talk) 19:18, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
Its a social marketing site, primarily exists to generate income and traffic. Squidoo is essentialy an made for adsense site, where users signup and add content in order to generate affiliate sales. Unlike days of old when SEO was about ranking high in the search engines, this site thrives on traffic, which Wikipedia can provide extremely well. The links above sum the problem up fairly well. 17 other wikis are afflicted (not counting wikia sites), but it is primarily a major problem on en.wikipedia. I've been tracking these just short of a year, and very few have content fit for inclusion to an encyclopedia, black listing globaly might not seem necessary, but surely wouldn't hurt wikipedia, or its sister sites.--Hu12 21:21, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

Views?

On this if you have the time, looks cross wiki, not had time to check whether en wp is aware (& kept meaning to say - thanks for the contribution to my talk on en wp!) --Herby talk thyme 10:45, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

I'm traveling -- just a quick once-over: this is plain-old spam +copyright violation + hot-linking.
Edit histories (partial sample):
  1. ar:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  2. bat-smg:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  3. br:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  4. bs:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  5. ca:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  6. co:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  7. cs:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  8. da:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  9. de:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  10. eo:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  11. es:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  12. et:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  13. fa:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  14. fi:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  15. fr:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  16. fy:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  17. ga:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  18. gl:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  19. he:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  20. hr:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  21. hu:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  22. id:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  23. it:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  24. ja:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  25. ka:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  26. ko:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  27. ku:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  28. la:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  29. lad:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  30. lt:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  31. mk:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  32. ms:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  33. nah:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  34. nl:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  35. no:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  36. os:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  37. pl:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  38. pt:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  39. ru:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  40. sh:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  41. simple:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  42. sk:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  43. sl:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  44. sv:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  45. ta:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  46. tr:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  47. uk:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  48. vi:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
  49. zh:Special:Contributions/84.229.55.218
--A. B. (talk) 02:02, 20 September 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time - appreciated (& listed obviously!), catch you when I'm back --Herby talk thyme 07:53, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

Talk:Spam_blacklist#Herman_Kreiger_links

Thanks for blacklisting Mr. Kreiger--I was looking at the French page for Oregon and saw he had been there, then I checked several other wikis and started doing some cleanup, but some of the search results returned all of the efn.org links so I didn't check them all. I was going to mention it at WP:WPSPAM on English Wikipedia but I got sidetracked... Thanks again. You can reply at en.wikipedia if you like. Katr67 15:55, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Stuff

Well it was the first day back & I might have messed up something of yours under the heading of the "smartdots" ones. I moved it from the bottom to within this section but there seems to be some duplication? Apologies. Views on Beatbox obviously welcome, doesn't seem like a big problem? I see some "bubbling under" on en wp that may get here soon! Hope things are good - cheers --Herby talk thyme 10:38, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

Nice posting on the tenerife one thanks - they all help in my learning process. I'll get beatbox done next (extra domains too?) and then MER-C's ones, cheers --Herby talk thyme 11:14, 4 October 2007 (UTC)
Thanks; I put a lot of time into the tenerife one, so I very much appreciate your comment!. --A. B. (talk) 11:35, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Contribution

Appreciated as usual, thanks --Herby talk thyme 15:39, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

A view?

On whether pocketpcaddict should really be listed here or whether it got in by accident. No rush as I know you are busy, cheers --Herby talk thyme 14:35, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

I'd remove it from the blacklist --A. B. (talk) 14:39, 19 October 2007 (UTC)
Thanks - done --Herby talk thyme 10:52, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

Proposals for closing projects/Closure of Wolof Wikiquote

Please judge this proposal. SF-Language 17:53, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

Just thinking

Any particular reason the en wp blacklist is sooo far behind? There are some there that seem (to me) obvious for listing and the quicker it gets done the quicker folk can move on. Nothing urgent, just wondering (& if you & Siobhan won't....) --Herby talk thyme 08:59, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

I need to get into gear and stand for admin on en.wikipedia. --A. B. (talk) 16:27, 29 October 2007 (UTC)
You'll have mail in the next 24 hours with some thoughts of mine. If you are going to do it not allowing the offer on your page the opportunity would be a bit silly tho (& I still think Siobhan would be a good idea too). --Herby talk thyme 16:42, 29 October 2007 (UTC)
I'd be eager to consider supporting new candidates for admin on en.wp who have spam credentials and >3000 en.wp edits. RfAs have been getting approved in busloads lately, and (IMHO) our faithful anti-spam troops deserve the recognition and the extra tools. Please suggest other names if I can't spark your own interest. EdJohnston 16:27, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

French wikipedia for kids

You wanted a Simple French wikipedia. There's a French wiki encyclopedia ("Vikidia") for kids, which is a similar idea. See discussion at Proposals for closing projects/Closure of Simple English Wikiquote. --Coppertwig 18:29, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

Mare See Bow Koo --A. B. (talk) 19:29, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

Good to see you back

Catch up with you soon - cheers --Herby talk thyme 19:07, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

My steward election

Thank you for supporting my steward election having passed with 72-1-4-99%.--Jusjih 23:50, 30 December 2007 (UTC)

I was happy to support you and I wish you a Happy New year. --A. B. (talk) 19:16, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

Your comment

Thanks for your strong support, and sorry for rubbing you, if any. I realized I have taken sometimes a strong attitude - specially when I feel a strong urgency something ought to be done in a certain fashion, in particular under a time-consumed circumstance - and perhaps some think it unnecessarily strong, and that there might be a different and better approach. I appreciate your understanding and moreover, that you haven't taken it wrong at last. However still I'm ashamed you felt rubbed, not just agree to disagreed in a rational way.

And last not but least, thank you for your indication as well as effort to dig that issue.

Cheers, --Aphaia 00:41, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

Don't worry about -- heck, I'm from en.wikipedia, the Wild West of Wikimedia. You've never shot anybody around here, have you? Well, that's more than I can say about a lot of en.wikipedia admins!
We're just happy to have you around. --A. B. (talk) 01:39, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

My successful request for adminship

Thank you for supporting my request for adminship with 28 supports unopposed.--Jusjih 01:01, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

I was glad to support you -- thanks for serving. --A. B. (talk) 17:24, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks

Nice to have something to read when I come on line :) Any chance you can look at this and give any input? Cheers --Herby talk thyme 08:08, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Sure. You asked earlier and I spent about an hour on it, then I got interrupted and lost all my notes. --A. B. (talk) 14:30, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Metapedia

OK I'll get that done. Probably time you did something with this though! I'll not nom - I think Meta is grown up enough for people to make their own requests but I will support strongly of course. Cheers --Herby talk thyme 08:59, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

Done -- and I got my first samþykkt comment too. --A. B. (talk) 18:56, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

Congratulations, Dear Administrator!

Deutsch | English | español | français | italiano | 한국어 | Nederlands | português | русский | العربية | edit

An offering for our new administrator from your comrades... (our budget is smaller than Commons)

A. B., congratulations! You now have the rights of administrator on Meta. Please take a moment to read the Meta:Administrators page and watchlist related pages (in particular Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat, and Meta:Requests_for_deletion, but also Talk:Spam_blacklist and Talk:Interwiki_map), before launching yourself into page deletions, page protections, account blockings, or modifications of protected pages. The majority of the actions of administrators can be reversed by the other admins, except for history merges which must thus be treated with particular care.

A tip: add this page Meta:Administrators' discussion index to your watchlist, it tracks the latest activity to various sections of many of the important pages.

Please feel free to join us on IRC: #wikimedia-admin @ irc.freenode.net. You may find Commons:Guide to adminship to be useful reading although it doesn't always completely apply here at Meta.

Please also check or add your entry to Meta:Administrators#List_of_administrators and the Template:List of administrators.



This one gives me quite a bit of satisfaction. Thanks for all the help in the past and I hope that you will be able to work as part of this community for a long time, regards --Herby talk thyme 19:24, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks! --A. B. (talk) 20:05, 28 January 2008 (UTC)
Welcome aboard! :D ~Kylu (u|t) 03:44, 29 January 2008 (UTC)
Thanks! --A. B. (talk) 12:40, 29 January 2008 (UTC)
Congratulations, A. B.!!--Hu12 08:58, 30 January 2008 (UTC)
... and while our budget is tight, a hard worker need a special nourishment.

Congrats for joining the team. Wow I can hardly imagine who have cared blacklist until now. --Aphaia 09:07, 30 January 2008 (UTC)

Err

I already did clickbank......:) --Herby talk thyme 16:26, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

That was fast! Thanks, --A. B. (talk) 16:27, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

re:Meta:Administrators/confirm protection

Hey A. B. :) thanks for being here, (it was just a few seconds :)), also it is much better with expiration, then we don't have to think about unprotecting it afterwards :) Kind regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 00:09, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

Howdy

I keep seeing you all over Wikispace! This is Awiseman from the Tennessee articles. --AAwiseman 16:33, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

Hi!
FYI: I went ahead blacklisted that domain for you on en.wikipedia. --A. B. (talk) 17:49, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

Template

Created Template:WPSPAM for adding en reports here, I was wondering if it could be protected?. I've already used it once, so feel free to tweak ect... Left the same on Herby's page --Hu12 20:20, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Done, --A. B. (talk) 02:58, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

summary templates

A. B., you are an admin here, could you make local clones of {{UserSummary}}, {{IPSummary}} and {{LinkSummary}} here (and probably redirecting {{Spamlink}} to the latter), I guess they would be useful here as well. Would be helpful for some of my reports as well. Thanks. --Beetstra 17:06, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

Test:






It looks like someone beat me to this. I'm sorry to be slow in following up on this.
--A. B. (talk)
Heh, yes, I made them, thought I needed them. I think they were also protected. Thanks anyway! --Beetstra 09:57, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

Archiving and going through bot reports

Sorry and thanks respectively :). I'll look closely at the ones you decline and work up ways to reduce false hits. —— nixeagle 02:56, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

Logging links

All links for the bots ones need to be permanent links really so that folk can find them in time to come (I see some of yours are & some aren't). Cheers --Herby talk thyme 11:09, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

Herby, you're quite right about the need to log with permalinks.
I'm surprised, though, because I thought I did this, {although I'm not sure why I put in those colons when I was adding extra spaces).
By the way, I've said it before but I'll say it again -- I very much appreciate all you do around here and en.wikipedia and the way you do it in such an unruffled way. --A. B. (talk) 12:00, 1 April 2008 (UTC)
Aaah - re-reading. Some were permanent links (with "OLDID" type stuff), the others are to the individual page which equally is fine - apologies (these new fangled things :)).
Thanks for the thought - will not be around anything like as much now onwards (& may well be dropping more rights). Cheers --Herby talk thyme 12:04, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

Hey!

if you could, please help out on the bot reported items. change the template to close when you deal with it and the bot will automatically archive the item. —— nixeagle 00:50, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

Poking around some

Led me to this? Seems like quite a lot but I know some of these sites are legit (?!) cheers --Herby talk thyme 13:34, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Findagrave is legit -- I've used their links for basic biographical information on less famous historical figures. 2 to 3 years ago, there was some sort of "missing articles" WikiProject that created hundreds of stubs using findagrave information to start filling in holes in Wikipedia coverage of historical figures. If you search on the phrase "findagrave.com" in en.wikipedia's Wikipedia and Wikipedia Talk spaces, you'll find various discussions of the domain. --A. B. (talk) 23:57, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

BL backlog

If you have the time can you take a look at this - thanks --Herby talk thyme 07:10, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

I'm hitting the road. I've sent you an e-mail; I think we've got two urgent problems with the en.wikipedia blacklist today. Gotta run. --A. B. (talk) 13:39, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

templates

Thought you might like to give some input here and Template talk:UserSummary. – Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 15:32, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

nimp.org

It's already on the blacklist as \.on\.nimp\.org added by Raul654 on Jan 25 2006. Sadly, the blacklist doesn't affect summaries. ~Kylu (u|t) 04:25, 19 April 2008 (UTC)

yeah weird and no one wants to fix that Bug :( ...--Cometstyles 04:53, 19 April 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know. This is actually the first time I've seen this trolling tactic in two years of editing, so I can see how it would be a low priority. --A. B. (talk) 11:55, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

BL req

I really am short of time at present - there is a stack of stuff I should be doing on Commons.

In the time I had I really don't see listing the one you asked me to look at as something I am happy to do. I stress I don't have time to dig deep enough but the "spamming" other than en wp look pretty old. The IPs are very limited, personally I would have blocked the en wp one for longer than a week, so can be controlled that way. Equally I am not a fan of blocking related domains - to me the blacklist is for dealing with current disruption when there are no other possibilities - I just don't see that in the time I have in this case --Herby talk thyme 10:30, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

OK, thanks; I appreciate your advice which is what I really wanted. As a sort of "junior" admin, I'd prefer to get advice rather than overrule another admin. --A. B. (talk) 13:52, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
You can always bold of overruling me. If I disagree, I'll start discussion of it. (Why? Well, we have small community, where everybody trusts each other) — VasilievVV 14:05, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
Thanks! --A. B. (talk) 15:02, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Could this get logged?

Could this get logged? Many thanks, --Hu12 05:05, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

IRC

I suggest you to join #wikimedia IRC channel, so we can discuss spam blacklist problems in real time — VasilievV 2 17:20, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

Erm, don't we use #wikipedia-spam-t for that? – Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 00:05, 15 May 2008 (UTC)
I hate to disappoint both of you but I don't really use IRC -- mostly just talk pages and e-mails. --A. B. (talk) 00:34, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

Clarity

When you say "done" on things like this - what have you done? If you've added it would you use {{subst:added}} instead please? If it's something else that you've done then let us know what it was :) Perhaps foggy ATM, but clarity is always nice. – Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 00:04, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

OK. I did not know we had that template. --A. B. (talk) 00:34, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

XWiki reports

Hi, thanks for the analysis of the tool, if you encounter good links, just change the linkstatus to 'ignore', COIBot will not reopen these reports (maybe update, not sure actually), when the spamming is not too bad, but the link questionable, just close with a remark. The bots threshold is low, which is good for real spam (less to cleanup, and you can catch the spammer red-handed, which may help as well, especially when we get global-blocking or global messaging), but for the others we just have to be careful. Hope this helps. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 15:15, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

Masterpiece2000 from the English Wikipedia

Hello A.B.! How are you? I have noticed you on en:wiki. You are also active here. I am mostly active on en:wiki. I am new on meta. Can you explain me few things about meta? Regards, Masterpiece2000 09:33, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

Sure. What would you like to know. --A. B. (talk) 19:34, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
First of all, please welcome me on Meta! :) Regards, Masterpiece2000 05:30, 19 August 2008 (UTC)
Thank you for welcoming me. :) Regards, Masterpiece2000 08:51, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
Sure thing. Let me know if you have any questions. --A. B. (talk) 16:23, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

SS7

I have generated linkreports for the two links, only here on meta, and deleted immediately to prevent google indexing. If you need them, they are there, in the deleted revisions. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 17:17, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. Hopefully that whole situation has sorted itself out. --A. B. (talk) 13:17, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
They are still arguing, I gave up. They want both a ref to the original document ánd an external link to the online copy .. silly IMHO. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 14:29, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

Misuse of global blacklist

[8] es:Drini 16:28, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Ok

I didn't remove it again anyway es:Drini 02:35, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

I created some linkreports:



    • 6 wikis


    • IP of suite101.com, 7 wikis

and



    • on same server as the .com, mainly used on de, but still also on another wiki.

Hope this helps in assess these links and their use. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 14:49, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

Thanks, Dirk!
Here are additional related domains; we did not have the tools or know-how to find them when we originally blacklisted suite101.com:































More about suite101.de and related spam

Here are suite101.de spammers:

A bit more about de:Benutzer:Gorillamoon:

  • Also links to his own domain as well as Suite101.de:








[9]



[10]



None of this appears to be a cross-wiki so I think perhaps a de.wikipedia sysop should look at this. I'll leave note for Spacebirdy. --A. B. (talk) 19:03, 4 September 2008 (UTC) --A. B. (talk) 19:03, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

re:2 de.wikipedia spam issues: suite101.de and Benutzer:Prinz Rupi

Hello A. B., I am sorry, but I am no member of the de.wiki community, I would suggest You try to contact User:Thogo or User:DerHexer, both are admins there, best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 20:02, 4 September 2008 (UTC)


OK, thanks. --A. B. (talk) 21:18, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

BL logging

We instituted a slightly more complicated method for logging - there's now a link in the log to the diff of the edit to the blacklist. Basically you take the logging snippet from the blacklist after your edit and the snippet from the talk page after your edit plus the regexes etc to make the log entry. There are instructions that should be fairly straightforward.

Thanks.  — Mike.lifeguard | talk 21:18, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

Cross-wiki monitoring

Do you use IRC? The only method I know of adding things to the monitor list is with an IRC command. If not, I can add them for you.  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 18:26, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

No, I don't have IRC but I'll get put the list here in about 5 minutes. --A. B. (talk) 18:30, 31 January 2009 (UTC)
Here's the list of additional pdesigner.net clients to monitor:


































  • official web site of the Azeri football club, which has an article
















































Reference:
  • www.pdesigner.net/testimonials.html
  • www.pdesigner.net/portfolio.html
Thanks! --A. B. (talk) 18:42, 31 January 2009 (UTC)