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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 (example.com, not http://www.example.com). Provide links demonstrating widespread spamming by multiple users on multiple wikis. Completed requests will be marked as {{added}} or {{declined}} and archived.

alllenses.org[edit]



SPAM (from fr. wikipédia reporting)

Leica : fr de es ; Minolta fr en it ...

A.BourgeoisP (talk) 00:28, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

wikiukraine.wordpress.com[edit]



[1] - clone of official Wikimedia Ukraine blog, links added to advertise this site [2], [3], [4].--Anatoliy (talk) 12:42, 30 January 2015 (UTC)

Can't this be managed by your local blacklist?  — billinghurst sDrewth 20:57, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
@Ahonc: see above question by billinghurst :) Snowolf How can I help? 15:28, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Vietnamese boattripspammers[edit]























Continuous spamming and respamming for various vitnamese IP-addresses:

  1. 31 mar 2014 - 09 apr 2014 117.7.159.174 cross-wiki-contribsIP inforobtexgblockglist (static) en vi
  2. 30 jul 2014 Amazing Halong Bay cross-wiki-contribsIP inforobtexgblockglist en
  3. 18 aug 2014 123.17.68.112 cross-wiki-contribsIP inforobtexgblockglist en
  4. 9 nov 2014 - 10 nov 2014 222.254.105.138 cross-wiki-contribsIP inforobtexgblockglist be cy en nl
  5. 10 nov 2014 222.254.105.138 cross-wiki-contribsIP inforobtexgblockglist be bn de el fr nl ru
  6. 10 nov 2014 - 12 nov 2014 42.114.1.204 cross-wiki-contribsIP inforobtexgblockglist be de el en fr nl ru
  7. 13 nov 2014 42.114.204.233 cross-wiki-contribsIP inforobtexgblockglist be cy de fr nl ru
  8. 27 nov 2014 118.71.152.23 cross-wiki-contribsIP inforobtexgblockglist en
  9. 18 dec 2014 1.55.97.86 cross-wiki-contribsIP inforobtexgblockglist en
  10. 29 jan 2015 117.7.233.14 cross-wiki-contribsIP inforobtexgblockglist en
  11. 12 feb 2015 113.22.0.96 cross-wiki-contribsIP inforobtexgblockglist en es nl

Spammed pages:

  1. be-wiki: Бухта Халонг
  2. bn-wiki: হা লং উপসাগর
  3. cy-wiki: Bae Hạ Long
  4. de-wiki: Vinh Ha Long
  5. el-wiki: Κόλπος Χα Λονγκ
  6. en-wiki: Fansipan
  7. en-wiki: Ha Ling Bay
  8. en-wiiki: Lào Cai
  9. en-wiki: Laos
  10. en-wiki: Sa Pa
  11. en-wiki: Tuần Châu
  12. es-wiki: Bahía de Ha-Long
  13. fr-wiki: Baie de Hạ Long
  14. nl-wiki: Ha Long Bay
  15. ru-wiki ru-wiki: Бухта Халонг
  16. vi-wiki: Đình Kim Liên

MoiraMoira (talk) 22:54, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

@Beetstra, Billinghurst: As checked on some COIBot reports, some of the domains listed are already on the list. Not sure if adding \bhalong\b or the proposed domains (others who don't fit the pattern will need to be added anyway). Anybody see potential massive blocking of good sites with that? -- M\A 18:15, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
It might - w:en:Halong is a disambig with 5 pages on the term 'halong'. It might be an idea to figure out what this spammer owns (which may be more than what they spammed), and cast the net wider based on that information. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:38, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
@Beetstra: The owner of the first reported domain seems to own 12 additional websites, although its names ain't disclosed there. -- M\A 20:49, 27 February 2015 (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).

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  • If the report contains links to less than 5 wikis, then only add it when it is really spam
  • Otherwise just revert the link-additions, and close the report; closed reports will be reopened when spamming continues
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COIBot[edit]

The LinkWatchers report domains meeting the following criteria:

  • When a user mainly adds this link, and the link has not been used too much, and this user adds the link to more than 2 wikis
  • When a user mainly adds links on one server, and links on the server have not been used too much, and this user adds the links to more than 2 wikis
  • If ALL links are added by IPs, and the link is added to more than 1 wiki
  • If a small range of IPs have a preference for this link (but it may also have been added by other users), and the link is added to more than 1 wiki.
COIBot's currently open XWiki reports
List Last update By Site IP R Last user Last link addition User Link User - Link User - Link - Wikis Link - Wikis
amorepacific.co.kr 2015-02-25 23:26:48 COIBot 220.64.86.68 Maihuongly 2015-02-25 21:39:57 1074 5 2 0 3
cleancoder.com 2015-02-26 02:36:46 COIBot 216.104.165.14 B.Zsolt
24.130.172.5
2015-02-25 15:23:13 4 3
comprar-banderas.es 2015-02-26 00:42:03 COIBot 82.165.254.204 213.98.24.47
87.216.160.10
2015-02-26 00:36:58 9 2
movilesdualsim.com 2015-02-26 02:57:27 COIBot 37.187.88.172 Simdual 2015-02-26 00:05:02 12 12 12 0 2
newportbeachca.gov 2015-02-26 02:44:22 COIBot 216.237.19.201 Boshomi
Donatello
Fettlemap
Radhatanaya
Vishal1811
WPPilot
Zackmann08
Антон патріот
2015-02-20 06:52:01 30 7
spf.fotolog.com 2015-02-26 03:04:58 COIBot 108.162.205.219 186.116.9.20
186.148.248.160
77.253.151.162
2015-02-26 03:04:58 42 3
traidsoft.net 2015-02-26 03:02:52 COIBot 216.239.38.21 MShwadfy 2015-02-25 16:51:33 6 6 6 0 2

Proposed removals[edit]

Symbol comment vote.svg This section is for proposing that a website be unlisted; please add new entries at the bottom of the section.

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.

Notes:

  • 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

syriadirect.org[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.

Seems to be collateral damage for a regex response to spam. We can probably do a lookbehind regex fix for this.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:01, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

ffconsultancy[edit]



The site is in global spam-blacklisting, though it was quite enough to put in a local English list. As far as I read on talk Spam, the whole portal was blocked because of "megalomania" of his author. This is sad, but it doesn't reduce the importance of the information on the site. The "Ray Tracer Language Comparison" (http://www.ffconsultancy.com/languages/ray_tracer/) subpage of that portal is a very important RS for pages like Hindley-Milner, MLton, Stalin, Whole-program optimization, Standard ML, OCaml, Scheme, etc., and for C++ criticism. I'm sure, Jon Harrop won't spam Wiki in other languages, and there will be only a single link in each adequate page. So I request on moving the portal to local English wiki spam-blacklisting. (If he or someone will spam, the question may be decided locally.) -- Arachnelis (russian)


jerseyusa.net[edit]



Collateral damage from some of the Chinese knockoff regexes -- whitelisting request. I'd rather have this addressed here. MER-C (talk) 12:29, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

The rule is 'jerseys?(mvp|-)?(nba|shops?|goods|whole|wholesale|soho|release|zones|sale|com|pick|cn|export|supply|trade|site|warehouse|stop|faves|4u|kk|cc|ab|usa|outlets?|clubhouse|only|buy|planet|911)\.(com|us|org|net)\b' (my bolding) - not sure how to exclude jerseyusa.net from such a complicated rule - except if we split it into 'jerseys?(mvp|-)?(nba|shops?|goods|whole|wholesale|soho|release|zones|sale|com|pick|cn|export|supply|trade|site|warehouse|stop|faves|4u|kk|cc|ab|outlets?|clubhouse|only|buy|planet|911)\.(com|us|org|net)\b' and 'jerseys?(mvp|-)?(nba|shops?|goods|whole|wholesale|soho|release|zones|sale|com|pick|cn|export|supply|trade|site|warehouse|stop|faves|4u|kk|cc|ab|usa|outlets?|clubhouse|only|buy|planet|911)\.(com|us|org)\b'. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 08:48, 28 January 2015 (UTC)
The whole thing gets regex'd anyway when the blacklist is applied, so just pull it out and do it separately.  — billinghurst sDrewth 05:37, 1 February 2015 (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)

error block[edit]



www.jxlalk.com/888/d17/2013-11-06/1349.html 祝融八姓的新研究

I do not find jxlalk.com in our global blacklist.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:45, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
Test the link, it's matched by xlalk.com (without j). VT offers "clean". –Be..anyone (talk) 08:18, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
The rule is 'xlal[0-9a-z-]*\.com' .. that is going to be a very difficult one to whitelist, as I don't know what the original intent was to block (which may very well have included 'jxlala.com', so excluding only the 'j' is not the way forward). I would suggest that you get '\bjxlalk\.com\b' added to your local whitelist. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 08:38, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
Closed Closed Please seek local whitelisting for the domain in question.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:26, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

Bit of reference:



This was a rule that was removed after the 'blanket' xlal[0-9a-z-]*\.com was imposed. None of the additions are logged, but the '*' in the xlal-rule suggests that the string occured in multiple links with multiple characters after the xlal. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 04:31, 20 January 2015 (UTC)



Another one, multiple domain spamming using open proxies back in the days. The problem with these wide rules is that it is difficult to see what should be covered and what we can 'let through'. Xlalu.com is defined as a malicious site by my internet filter. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 05:33, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

  • I reviewed the history of the blacklisting. See Talk:Spam_blacklist/About#Old_blacklisting_with_scanty_history. Xlalu.com is not registered at this time. Xlale.com is registered in China, and may not be connected with the original spammer, but the site is not functional anyway, it does not respond to pings.
  • jxlalk.com shows no sign of being connected. The original spam was in a short period over 8 years ago, and was apparently not cross-wiki. This was before en.wiki had a spam blacklist, so all blacklisting was done here. This should not be on the spam blacklist. In 2008, the admin who added it attempted to remove all his listings, and that was reverted. Maybe it's time to clean this one up. If nothing else the original regex could be eliminated and the specific sites added, so that jxlalk.com is not caught. But I simply removing it is easiest and harmless. --Abd (talk) 01:35, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
    • xlalu is defined as a malicious site by my internet filter, and I am still not sure if it is only xlale and xlalu, it may have also been xlalk and xlulabd that have been spammed. I AGF on the admin who added the rules that there was a reason for its broadness. You may be very right that the current owner of the site may have nothing to do with the spam, it may also be that the past abuser did not have anything to do with the site, but was abusing the site to make some point here on Wikipedia. It is not always a site-owner that is the spammer, and for the more sophisticated spammers, it is likely not the site-owner that spams.
    • I know that jxlalk.com does not show any sign of being connected, what I do see is just ONE wiki where ONE link is needed, and here a regex where exluding jxlalk.com specifically is giving a too difficult rule. And excluding specific domains from a rule is exactly why Wikis have a whitelist. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 05:53, 21 January 2015 (UTC)


... --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 05:58, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

This is a can of worms, I find now also dozens of 'domains' spammed by dozens of SPAs (open proxies?) - both deleted and existing diffs on many different pages. This shows that the IPs were active globally (this edit is clearly of the same type of the spamming edits on en.wikipedia, though here no links were included). My advice stays: whitelist it locally, or show me exactly what was abused and we might consider a narrowing-down, excluding some collateral damage (as I said earlier, xlulu.com gives me a 'malicious site'-warning, I don't think that wholesale removal is a good idea). --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 06:13, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Beetstra. xlala.com would fit a reasonable pattern used by the spammers. It's a "domain for sale." Dropped twice. However, xlalu.com is dead, and was dropped four times (nobody owns the domain, so your browser is relying on something old, that probably was not the original spammed domain owner. After all, it's been over eight years). xlale.com is not an active site, and is unlikely to be the original owner either. It was dropped four times as well.
The wikibooks link cited shows 61.64.115.253 as editing Wikibooks once, no spam. Global contributions show 5 edits with no visible relation to the xlale, xlalu, and xlala spammers. No spam, except one link [5] adding ひきこもり. How is this edit "of the same type of spamming edits on en.wikipedia"? We only have seen Contributions/71.207.33.167. The IP on enwiki added "Cool site!" followed by a series of links that could be highly deceptive, i.e., imitating real insurance company pages. Obviously, you may have seen more than that, but the Wikibooks IP added "Hi, you have very good site! Thank you!" This IP shows zero sign of being a spammer. The single link added is not blacklisted.
Yes, if there were a substantial reason to continue the blacklisting, then the whitelisting solution would make some sense. However, whitelisting is quite impractical for most users. I've researched problem blacklistings, and saw what happened with users. Very few will request a whitelisting, they just give up. And for some of those who do, the request sits for months. Many admins are clueless about the whole process, not to mention users.
Beetstra, I think you have never understood this. You see one request from one wiki. For every one request, there are likely dozens or more users frustrated who just give up. Ordinary users do not come to meta for delisting requests, especially if English is not their language. --Abd (talk) 21:11, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
The diff I gave uses the same language, same edit summary as the spammers, that editor is the cross-wiki spammer, the same person. The diff you gave on ja.wikipedia is not the spammer, it is a physically different person. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:22, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
"I've researched problem blacklistings, and saw what happened with users. Very few will request a whitelisting, they just give up." .. HOW do you know that a user gives up in stead of requesting whitelisting/deblacklisting. If you know it is a 'problem blacklisting' (as you call it), someone must have .. gone through the point of mentioning that it was a problem (e.g. ask for de-listing/whitelisting), otherwise you do not know what the intention was of the editor who ran into the blacklisting, you don't even know whether users ran into the rule. 'For every one request, there are likely dowzens or more users frustrated who just give up'. Yet, ZERO evidence that even one user ran into the rule, or, if users ran into the rule, that they were not actually spammers trying to add the link. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 05:22, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
We're done again, you found it necessary to make it personal again (as usual defense in these threads), ánd make yet more sweeping statements without evidence. If someone else has something substantial to add we can discuss further. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:22, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
Removed Removed, per provided evidence of no 'spammy hits'. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 07:06, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Discussion[edit]

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Expert maintenance[edit]

One (soon) archived and rejected removal suggestion was about jxlalk.com matched by a filter intended to block xlalk.com. One user suggested that this side-effect might be as it should be, another user suggested that regular expressions are unable to distinguish these cases, and nobody has a clue when and why xlalk.com was blocked. I suggest to find an expert maintainer for this list, and to remove all blocks older than 2010. The bots identifying abuse will restore still needed ancient blocks soon enough, hopefully without any oogle matching google cases. –Be..anyone (talk) 00:50, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

No, removing some of the old rules, before 2010 or even before 2007, will result in further abuse, some of the rules are intentionally wide as to stop a wide range of spamming behaviour, and as I have argued as well, I have 2 cases on my en.wikipedia list where companies have been spamming for over 7 years, have some of their domains blacklisted, and are still actively spamming related domains. Every single removal should be considered on a case-by-case basis. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:42, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
Just to give an example to this - redirect sites have been, and are, actively abused to circumvent the blacklist. Some of those were added before the arbitrary date of 2010. We are not going to remove those under the blanket of 'having been added before 2010', they will stay blacklisted. Some other domains are of similar gravity that they should never be removed. How are you, reasonably, going to filter out the rules that never should be removed. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:52, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
By the way, you say ".. intended to block xlalk.com .." .. how do you know? --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:46, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
I know that nobody would block icrosoft.com if what they mean is microsoft.com, or vice versa. It's no shame to have no clue about regular expressions, a deficit we apparently share.:tongue:Be..anyone (talk) 06:14, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
I am not sure what you are referring to - I am not native in regex, but proficient enough. The rule was added to block, at least, xlale.com and xlalu.com (if it were ONLY these two, \bxlal(u|e)\.com\b or \bxlal[ue]\.com\b would have been sufficient, but it is impossible to find this far back what all was spammed, possibly xlali.com, xlalabc.com and abcxlale.com were abused by these proxy-spammers. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 08:50, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
xlalk.com may have been one of the cases, but one rule that was blacklisted before this blanket was imposed was 'xlale.com' (xlale.com rule was removed in a cleanout-session, after the blanket was added). --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 04:45, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
The dots in administrative domains and DNS mean something, notably foo.bar.example is typically related to an administrative bar.example domain (ignoring well-known exceptions like co.uk etc., Mozilla+SURBL have lists for this), while foobar.example has nothing to do with bar.example. –Be..anyone (talk) 06:23, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
I know, but I am not sure how this relates to this suggested cleanup. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 08:50, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
If your suggested clean-ups at some point don't match jxlalk.com the request by a Chinese user would be satisfied—as noted all I found out is a VirusTotal "clean", it could be still a spam site if it ever was a spam site.
The regexp could begin with "optionally any string ending with a dot" or similar before xlalk. There are "host name" RFCs (LDH: letter digit hyphen) up to IDNAbis (i18n domains), they might contain recipes. –Be..anyone (talk) 16:56, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
What suggested cleanups? I am not suggesting any cleanup or blanket removal of old rules. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:50, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
  • I have supported delisting above, having researched the history, posted at Talk:Spam_blacklist/About#Old_blacklisting_with_scanty_history. If it desired to keep xlale.com and xlalu.com on the blacklist (though it's useless at this point), the shotgun regex could be replaced with two listings, easy peasy. --Abd (talk) 01:42, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
    As I said earlier, are you sure that it is only xlale and xlalu, those were the two I found quickly, there may have been more, I do AGF that the admin who added the rule had reason to blanket it like this. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:50, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
Of course I'm not sure. There is no issue of bad faith. He had reason to use regex, for two sites, and possibly suspected additional minor changes would be made. But he only cited two sites. One of the pages was deleted, and has IP evidence on it, apparently, which might lead to other evidence from other pages, including cross-wiki. But the blacklistings themselves were clearly based on enwiki spam and nothing else was mentioned. This blacklist was the enwiki blacklist at that time. After enwiki got its own blacklist, the admin who blacklisted here attempted to remove all his listings. This is really old and likely obsolete stuff. --Abd (talk) 20:07, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
3 at least. And we do not have to present a full case for blacklisting (we often don't, per en:WP:BEANS and sometimes privacy concerns), we have to show sufficient abuse that needs to be stopped. And if that deleted page was mentioned, then certainly there was reason to believe that there were cross-wiki concerns.
Obsolete, how do you know? Did you go through the cross-wiki logs of what was attempted to be spammed? Do you know how often some of the people active here are still blacklisting spambots using open proxies? Please stop with these sweeping statements until you have fully searched for all evidence. 'After enwiki got its own blacklist, the admin who blacklisted here attempted to remove all his listings.' - no, that was not what happened. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:16, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
Hi!
I searched all the logs (Special:Log/spamblacklist) of several wikis using the regexp entry /xlal[0-9a-z-]*\.com/.
There were almost no hits:
w:ca: 0
w:ceb: 0
w:de: 0
w:en: 1: 20131030185954, xlalliance.com
w:es: 1: 20140917232510, xlalibre.com
w:fr: 0
w:it: 0
w:ja: 0
w:nl: 0
w:no: 0
w:pl: 0
w:pt: 0
w:ru: 0
w:sv: 0
w:uk: 0
w:vi: 0
w:war: 0
w:zh: 1: 20150107083744, www.jxlalk.com
So there was just one single hit at w:en (not even in the main namespace, but in the user namespace), one in w:es, and one in w:zh (probably a false positive). So I agree with user:Abd that removing of this entry from the sbl would be the best solution. -- seth (talk) 18:47, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Finally an argument based on evidence (these logs should be public, not admin-only - can we have something like this in a search-engine, this may come in handy in some cases!). Consider removed. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 06:59, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
By the way, Seth, this is actually no hits - all three you show here are collateral. Thanks for this evidence, this information would be useful on more occasions to make an informed decision (also, vide infra). --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 07:25, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
I am not sure that we want the Special page to be public, though I can see some value in being able to have something at ToolLabs to be available to run queries, or something available to be run through quarry.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:57, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Why not public? There is no reason to hide this, this is not BLP or COPYVIO sensitive information in 99.99% of the hits. The chance that this is non-public information is just as big as for certain blocks to be BLP violations (and those are visible) ... --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 04:40, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Now restarting the original debate[edit]

As the blacklist is long, and likely contains rules that are too wide a net and which are so old that they are utterly obsolete (or even, may be giving collateral damage on a regular basis), can we see whether we can set up some criteria (that can be 'bot tested'):

  1. Rule added > 5 years ago.
  2. All hits (determined on a significant number of wikis), over the last 2 years (for now: since the beginning of the log = ~1.5 years) are collateral damage - NO real hits.
  3. Site is not a redirect site (should not be removed, even if not abused), is not a known phishing/malware site (to protect others), or a true copyright violating site. (this is hard to bot-test, we may need s.o. to look over the list, take out the obvious ones).

We can make some mistakes on old rules if they are not abused (remove some that actually fail #3) - if they become a nuisance/problem again, we will see them again, and they can be speedily re-added .. thoughts? --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 07:25, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

@@Hoo man: you have worked on clean up before, some of your thoughts would be welcomed.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:53, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Doing this kind of clean up is rather hard to automatize. What might be working better for starters could be removing rules that didn't match anything since we started logging hits. That would presumably cut down the whole blacklist considerably. After that we could re-evaluate the rest of the blacklist, maybe following the steps outlined above. - Hoo man (talk) 13:33, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Not hitting anything is dangerous .. there are likely some somewhat obscure redirect sites on it which may not have been attempted to be abused (though, also those could be re-added). But we could do test-runs easily - just save a cleaned up copy of the blacklist elsewhere, and diff them against the current list, and see what would get removed.
Man, I want this showing up in the RC-feeds, then LiWa3 could store them in the database (and follow redirects to show what people wanted to link to ..). --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:30, 23 February 2015 (UTC)
Hi!
I created a table of hits of blocked link additions. Maybe it's of use for the discussion: User:lustiger_seth/sbl_log_stats.
I'd appreciate, if we deleted old entries. -- seth (talk) 22:12, 26 February 2015 (UTC)