Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Admins and patrollers/Monitoring of new external links

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Monitoring of new external links

  • Problem: Right now, lots of new website links are being added to Wikipedia every day, lots of them are spam, lots of them are sneaky spam. Keeping track of them is hard.
  • Who would benefit: Patrollers
  • Proposed solution: There should be a special page that I can see recent new external links that are being added but it will be flooded with lots of trusted websites (like that's been used often). So it should have a whitelist of trusted sources to remove them for review list.
  • More comments:
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So this would sort of work like AbuseFilter? Admins would have access to editing the whitelist?

(Would we want a central whitelist ( might be more common to link to on Swedish Wikipedia than on German Wikipedia, but it's equally unlikely to be spam in both cases) or a per-wiki whitelist? But that's a discussion for later, maybe.) /Johan (WMF) (talk) 11:34, 2 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This already exists: #wikipedia-en-spamconnect and #wikimedia-external-linksconnect. MER-C (talk) 17:35, 2 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We're also planning a more thorough/direct solution as part of the Knowledge Integrity program. See T199189. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:42, 6 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Ladsgroup: Do the above solutions work for you? MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 17:23, 13 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I doubt, that would target tool developers but I want something for patrollers. Amir (talk) 18:49, 17 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I caution that this, if implemented, could quickly become just as problematic as any other automated "filter" system. It can easily become abused, and eventually do more harm than good. Filters are a very steep and very slippery slope towards censorship. Lostinlodos (talk) 01:40, 19 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Actually don't see it related to censorship at all. Would just be like what we have today, but minimizing time wasted on URL that are highly likely to be clean Wk muriithi (talk) 15:00, 24 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

An extension for this is to have a boot that go checking every link once a week. If a link isn't reachable 3 times (3 weeks), just have it listed here so that admins can remove it Wk muriithi (talk) 15:03, 24 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]