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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 and prior blacklisting on at least one. Spam that only affects a single project should go to that project's local blacklist. Exceptions include malicious domains and URL redirector/shortener services. Please follow this format. Please check back after submitting your report, there could be questions regarding your request.
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.
Other discussion
Troubleshooting and problems - If there is an error in the blacklist (i.e. a regex error) which is causing problems, please raise the issue here.
Discussion - Meta-discussion concerning the operation of the blacklist and related pages, and communication among the spam blacklist team.
#wikimedia-external-linksconnect - Real-time IRC chat for co-ordination of activities related to maintenance of the blacklist.
There is no global whitelist, so if you are seeking a whitelisting of a url at a wiki then please address such matters via use of the respective Mediawiki talk:Spam-whitelist page at that wiki, and you should consider the use of the template {{edit protected}} or its local equivalent to get attention to your edit.

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Completed requests are marked as {{added}}/{{removed}} or {{declined}}, and are generally archived quickly. Additions and removals are logged · current log 2018/06.

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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.

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
  • To close a report, change the LinkStatus template to closed ({{LinkStatus|closed}})
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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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2018-06-20 09:30:01 10 2 2018-06-20 10:34:23 COIBot ATMarsden 2018-06-20 10:35:07 195 45 0 0 4 2018-06-20 10:33:02 COIBot R Cygnusx523
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2018-06-20 09:11:35 25 10 2018-06-20 06:41:31 COIBot
2018-06-20 06:39:11 8 7 2018-06-20 06:55:16 COIBot R Lewismaster
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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 propo sed (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


Please Remove From The List, I Need It To Show Proof About TRU UK's Closing Sale Start!2A02:C7D:3E8E:7200:8933:78F6:DA01:F958 14:55, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Declined not listed nothing to do here.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:35, 5 June 2018 (UTC)


I fail to see why this website is blocked by the spam filter, and I have an older imported page that cites it on my wiki. I don't agree with everything on the site, but it hardly seems to be a spam website. --Jzyehoshua (talk) 18:51, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

@Jzyehoshua: Declined Declined. Not a MediaWiki problem, whitelist it on your own wiki. Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 19:03, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Out of curiosity, why was it blacklisted in the first place? Were there any concerns raised about the reliability of its claims? Since I will be citing it on a major wiki page, I'd like to know. --Jzyehoshua (talk) 20:20, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Follow the "find entry" in the template, and then follow the link to the Meta request page.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:45, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Alright, thanks. I found it back in the August 2007 logs. When following the Request link I got this.[1] Looks like the basis was a June 2006 edit made to the Afrikaans Wikipedia (on a page about Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade no less) citing this once to what appears a page lacking in citations.[2] Doesn't look like there was any explanation given for why it was considered spam, but thanks for the help. I'll just have to figure out how to whitelist it on my own site I guess since there wasn't any reason given for why it was considered spam back in 2006. --Jzyehoshua (talk) 04:46, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
@Jzyehoshua: Mediawiki:spam-whitelist  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:09, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Alright, thanks, I will whitelist. I do think it's strange though how administrators Herby and A.B. blacklisted so many sites at the time without any evidence that they were spam. Given how major a mistake was made, and how many years it's been, it's strange there's been no attempt to correct their mistakes. Looks to me like they just listed a bunch of sites they didn't like as spam, gave random diffs, and then refused to correct the issue. I see the issue was brought up to A.B. multiple times and he'd just use the excuse he wasn't an administrator until he was made one - with Herby's approval. --Jzyehoshua (talk) 16:52, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Knowing A.B. and Herby, that was certainly not a mistake, rather a pattern of spammy behaviour. —Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 16:54, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
I looked further and did find out there was concern about many links being submitted for the websites owned by James McDonald back in 2006-07.[3] Since many edits were submitting links to what appears a good site on catharism to pages on catharism, i.e. constructive, I still disagree with the policy, but I do understand better now why the blacklisting was done. --Jzyehoshua (talk) 17:15, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Also, I am having trouble seeing the installation instructions for creating an individual site whitelist. It appears the only way to whitelist a site is to have it added to the global whitelist.[4] Furthermore it doesn't appear the whitelist page can be edited, only the talk page, which has yet to even be created. So how can sites be whitelisted? The whitelist page appears entirely inoperable. --Jzyehoshua (talk) 17:15, 19 June 2018 (UTC) I just created a new topic on the whitelist page[5], but given the lack of activity and sites whitelisted, I question whether the page is even monitored. --Jzyehoshua (talk) 17:26, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

There is no global whitelist, and we would not use it. You need to find the whitelist on your target wiki. —Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 19:54, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
You asked about how to whitelist at your site, and I was telling you the local page at your wiki that you need to utilise. PS. Don't fuss the 2007 process, it was ten wiki years ago; the decision would not have been wrong at that time; the means to handle and document has evolved.  — billinghurst sDrewth 19:59, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Ah, I see, it's a page on my wiki installation. Thank you for the help. I was able to whitelist it now. --Jzyehoshua (talk) 21:04, 19 June 2018 (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).


I believe Jalexander-WMF's original intention adding this URL was to block subdomains. It does not. Can someone modify to block it? — regards, Revi 07:48, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

@-revi: Possibly it was for the purpose, though can you explain why the existing block is problematic, either for not doing its task, or overdoing its task.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:56, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
All the abuse (T194204 on phab) was conducted on subdomain: I can’t think of any other reason not to block subdomains. — regards, Revi 03:31, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
@-revi:Sub-domains should be blocked, the \b just states a word boundary, which includes a period, so that fits within the regex to blacklist the subdomains, and without subdomains. If you want a more informed opinion then it might be worth adding me to that ticket.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:06, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
@-revi: I am going to assume that the silence relates to that security matter on wiki. To demonstrate my point please see Special:log/spamblacklist/billinghurst, and if you need further evidence or further help, then you will either let me know the particularly issue (and remember that as an ombudsman that I already have complete view access across public wikis, and access to some private) or take that elsewhere to your friends' discussion.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:41, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Well I mostly forgot about this after 'ok I’ll respond this later today' moment. Digging further, I found he migrated to new domain(suppressed) to abuse it. So, nothing to amend here further. — regards, Revi 00:44, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. — regards, Revi 00:44, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

False positive[edit]

I had a problem saving an archived page from — possibly because of the blacklisting of \biqpc\.com\b.
Can this be solved ? --GeeTeeBee (talk) 00:51, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

My apologies — I misread the syntax of the blacklist, and now realise I should have ignored the preceding letter 'b' ... — Would it however be possible to allow the archived version of the page ( to be linked to in an article ?
By the way, the original is a dead link anyway. --GeeTeeBee (talk) 12:53, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Declined nothing to do at meta or globally. This is blocked by English Wikipedia, so you will need to follow-up at w:Mediawiki talk:Spam-blacklist  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:51, 18 June 2018 (UTC)


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