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The associated page is used by the MediaWiki Spam Blacklist extension, and lists regular expressions which cannot be used in URLs in any page in Wikimedia Foundation projects (as well as many external wikis). Any meta administrator can edit the spam blacklist; either manually or with SBHandler. For more information on what the spam blacklist is for, and the processes used here, please see Spam blacklist/About.

Proposed additions
Please provide evidence of spamming on several wikis. 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.
Proposed removals
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]

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URL shortener for Quora. There are some usages on English wiki, and looks like a handful in the top 20, enough to stop it early. Ravensfire (talk) 19:02, 14 January 2021 (UTC)

@Ravensfire: Question, is it being abused, or is it a domain where we have had abuse? Typically where they are non-dangerous and dedicated redirects they have been left alone, eg. Washington Post. Is there a requirement to focus people through the main domain name for continuity or consistency.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:06, 14 January 2021 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: I haven't seen anything significant. About the only potentially harmful use would be if specific Quora pages were blacklisted, this would be a work-around, similar to Actual harm right now, I don't see any. I guess my habit is to list shorteners when I see them, especially if they are generic. Ravensfire (talk) 22:36, 14 January 2021 (UTC)
I hear you, finding the balance is always the fun thing. I am not adverse to doing it as required, though would want to see a consensus to do so, rather than based on a single request. I will leave it open and see what appears over the next while.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:46, 14 January 2021 (UTC)
@Billinghurst and Ravensfire: Just as a comment: is listed at en:WP:RSP as 'generally unreliable', which generally means that we check and often remove references to that. It appears that en.wikipedia currently has only ~1000 references to quora That housekeeping becomes easier if we do not allow for the (albeit dedicated) redirect to the site.
Now, with you know where you get, with you don't even have a clue. That is another reason not to use redirect sites .. they are unclear/opaque, easily 'spoofed', even if they are 'the same', not disallowed (and I would even for a generally reliable and highly used source suggest that we do not do that). I would at least encourage to just blacklist obscuring dedicated redirect sites if there are reasons to minimize the link already (but I would be more in favour to have a bot enforced expansion of any links that are not redirecting to blacklisted/revertlisted domains. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 06:42, 9 February 2021 (UTC)

Link shorteners[edit]

Link shorteners, such as `` `` `` could be abused. Finnh54 (talk) 13:00, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

url shorteners are usually blacklisted on sight of usage. google is a bit problematic as there are reasonable fair use cases for their internal links. is blacklisted, and hasn't been reported, so we can run a report to see what we need to do. We don't proactively hunt and list, as that is just an exercise in futility.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:53, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
@Finnh54 and Billinghurst: X mark.svg Not done all three already blacklisted. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 08:01, 25 February 2021 (UTC)[edit]

Spammed on enwiki, simple, cswiki. —Bruce1eetalk 06:26, 25 February 2021 (UTC)

@Bruce1ee: Added Added to Spam blacklist. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 08:14, 25 February 2021 (UTC)[edit]

Spammed on voy, enwiki, enwiki, enwiki, enwiki, enwiki, enwiki, enwiki, eswiki, cawiki, frwiki, ruwiki, ptwiki, jawiki. —Bruce1eetalk 13:11, 25 February 2021 (UTC)

@Bruce1ee: Added Added to Spam blacklist. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 13:56, 25 February 2021 (UTC)

Proposed additions (Bot reported)[edit]

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

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

  • If the report contains links to less than 5 wikis, then only add it when it is really spam
  • Otherwise just revert the link-additions, and close the report; closed reports will be reopened when spamming continues
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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
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2070-01-01 05:00:00 28 4 2021-02-26 19:31:06 COIBot R Cuddles9999
2070-01-01 05:00:00 395 0 2021-02-26 14:02:33 COIBot R Nvrandow
2070-01-01 05:00:00 10 4 2021-02-26 14:54:19 COIBot Werner1643 2070-01-01 05:00:00 12 13 0 0 3

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.


  • 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]

As it was mentioned in Talk:Spam blacklist this domain was blacklisted because: ‘Spammed by numerous IPs on Russian and Ukrainian Wikipedias. --Mercy 15:33, 23 December 2009 (UTC)’. I found this site useful for gambling articles. There are original interviews, articles and news. F.e. Gambling in Ukraine – the article in english is poor and need a lot of work and references from native speaker’s sites will be good.

Sort of an EP per User talk:SmurFF2020. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 12:04, 28 December 2020 (UTC)
Comment Comment Keen to defer to en for local whitelisting though, as globally there is still some undesired impact, @Ohnoitsjamie: is it possible to whitelist locally, yes, it cannot be removed from en blacklist as it's on meta but there is a possibility of using local whitelist. I am uncomfortable to remove it globally per just some pages in one wiki needing it as it's clearly spammy (and true on ru/uk wp) Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 12:07, 28 December 2020 (UTC)
@SmurFF2020: Best that you ask at w:mediawiki talk:spam-whitelist and ask for local whitelisting. Asking there will create a local record and enable a local conversation.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:10, 28 December 2020 (UTC)
I see no reason to remove it globally. The user who requested removing it from the en blacklist has no edits there; we rarely whitelist for new users, as it usually suggest the strong possibility of a WP:COI. Ohnoitsjamie (talk) 19:14, 28 December 2020 (UTC)


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