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Jorge Queirolo Bravo

Since 2008, several IPs with similar ranges from Viña del Mar, Chile has been creating the article "Jorge Queirolo Bravo" across wikis. In August 2008, I've made a request in MSD, that can be found here. The articles violated vanity, COI, article SPAM and notability policies and were deleted in most of the wikis, except for la:Georgius Queirolo Bravo, nds-nl:Jorge Queirolo Bravo and et:Jorge Queirolo Bravo. Throughout the following months, some IPs from Viña del Mar tried to recreate the article or introduce references of Jorge Queirolo Bravo cross wikis, all of the articles created in that period were deleted by speedy deletion policies or by local RfDs. Recently, those IPs started yet again to create articles for "Jorge Queirolo Bravo", the wikis involved in the last wave of spamming are: simple:Jorge H. Queirolo (ongoing RfD clearly favorable for deletion), de:Jorge Queirolo Bravo (speedy deleted), pl:Jorge Queirolo Bravo (speedy deleted), id:Jorge Queirolo Bravo (speedy deleted), fr:Jorge Queirolo Bravo (speedy deleted), it:Jorge Queirolo Bravo (speedy deleted) and is:Jorge Queirolo Bravo (speedy deleted). Also, previously created articles were:

af:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, az:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, bar:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, bs:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, ca:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, cbk-zam:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, cs:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, da:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, de:Jorge Queirolo, diq:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, en:Jorge Queirolo B., eo:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, et:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, eu:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, fi:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, fr:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, fur:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, hr:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, hu:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, id:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, it:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, la:Georgius Queirolo Bravo, lad:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, lt:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, ms:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, mt:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, nds-nl:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, nl:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, nn:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, pl:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, pms:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, pt:Jorge Queirolo B., ro:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, sc:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, sco:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, sk:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, sl:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, sq:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, sv:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, sw:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, tr:Jorge Queirolo Bravo, vls:Jorge Queirolo Bravo.

The continuous recreation of these articles are a waste of community time. They are speedy deleted or deleted by local RfDs in almost 90% of cases. The article names used are: "Jorge Queirolo Bravo", "Jorge H. Queirolo", "Jorge H. Queirolo Bravo" and "Jorge Queirolo B.". Cheers!, KveD (talk) 06:49, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

Comment Comment, as KveD said, it's a totally waste of time being re-deleting hundreds of times this article across all the WMF. IMHO it should be added to the list. Best regards. Dferg 19:21, 1 March 2009 (UTC)
Jorge Queirolo Bravo <autoconfirmed> should be fine. For the remaining articles, editing will be unaffected, and this still allows autoconfirmed users to create the page.  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 18:24, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Jorge Queirolo Bravo <autoconfirmed> is exactly what I had in mind. But I'm sure that in a couple months I'm gonna be here again requesting for Jorge H. Queirolo <autoconfirmed>, Jorge H. Queirolo Bravo <autoconfirmed>, Jorge Queirolo B.<autoconfirmed> and Jorge Queirolo<autoconfirmed>. I have no doubt on this guys persistency and narcissistic personality disorder. XD But for now, Jorge Queirolo Bravo <autoconfirmed> It's a good start and I will stay alert and let you know if any new article with similar name is created. Cheers, KveD (talk) 19:51, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Well, we could to Jorge.*Bravo <autoconfirmed> if you like... I doubt that'd be too broad at all (and I agree this guy seems highly persistent)  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 21:13, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Mike, Jorge.*Bravo <autoconfirmed> will certainly end this problem for good (or at least, I think so...), but I will trust in your criteria in this matter. If you think that for now Jorge Queirolo Bravo <autoconfirmed> will be enough, that's fine by me. Either way, I will still be aware for any news about JQB and his articles. ;) Cheers, KveD (talk) 22:48, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
So, is there any problem to add Jorge.*Bravo <autoconfirmed>?. Regards. —Dferg (talk) 16:48, 31 March 2009 (UTC)
Added Added Jorge Queirolo Bravo <autoconfirmed>. —Dferg (talk) 11:39, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

Swastikas and hammer-and-sickles

The following discussion is closed.

I have a huge concerns about swastikas and hammer and sickles:

.*卍.* <newaccountonly>
.*卐.* <newaccountonly>
.*☭.* <newaccountonly>

These symbols are purely unacceptable and should be blocked from creation 02:08, 6 April 2009 (UTC)

Seems reasonable for me, I remember seing this symbols blacklisted elsewhere. I'm awaiting others oppinion. Best regards. —Dferg (talk) 21:12, 9 April 2009 (UTC)
the first symbol and the second symbol are blacklisted at de-wiki.
Actually I don't see, why those symbols should be blocked globally. For example in india the swastika has a totally other meaning than in germany. Are there cases of global misuse? -- seth 11:31, 10 April 2009 (UTC)

I think there is a huge case of global misuse because the swastika is also a symbol related to the Nazis. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) 03:38, 11 April 2009 (UTC).

X mark.svg Not done  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 03:40, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

Usernames of 影武者 in Chinese Wikipedia

Please block the usernames list below immediately. It seems the vandal user 影武者 has learned ways to bypass the local username blacklist in Chinese Wikipedia. (for example: zh:User:越南人非常支持台灣獨立) We can't block him now.


--PhiLiP 11:56, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

  • Philip, This talk is on the title blacklist and not username blacklist. And then most of the regexes you have provided are too generic. Moreover, to global blacklist something, you need to show some cross-wiki problems. Hillgentleman 12:42, 13 September 2008 (UTC)
Actually, the titleblacklist handles usernames now with <newaccountonly>, but your other two points are well taken.  — Mike.lifeguard | talk 16:02, 13 September 2008 (UTC)
The problem is that anyone can bypass the local username blacklist by using global account (by registering the username in another wiki, then activate global account and go back to that wiki). Only if the global account system can identify local username blacklist and does not allow that global account to create an account in that wiki, the above request is no longer necessary. -- Kevinhksouth 11:23, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
What I mean is that if "ABC" is in the username blacklist of, someone can still use "ABC" to register an account in other wikis, and activate the global account. However, when the global account "ABC" login to, his account in cannot be created. -- Kevinhksouth 11:26, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
Actually it is a cross-wiki issue which suffers many Asian language wikis including jawiki, kowiki & viwiki since 2006. I think Global Title Blacklist is the best place to deal with it. --Aphaia 11:29, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Since PhiLip and Kevinhksouth are trusted users,
I support the following:
I am not sure about: (names of historic/well-known people)

I am not keen on: (general concepts/frequently used words)

--Hillgentleman 18:28, 21 September 2008 (UTC)

Pictogram-voting-question.svg Progress report? So, what should be added?. Can we add with safety the following regexes?
Best regards. —Dferg (talk) 19:32, 6 April 2009 (UTC)
No further information heard about this for a month, so X mark.svg Not done. —Dferg (talk) 17:12, 9 May 2009 (UTC)


The hagger regex can be extended. I don't know if it's a widespread problem, or only on en.wikipedia. If so, I can't seem to find a title blacklist page there anyway. I expect the regex should be something closer to


thanks. -Verdatum 15:33, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

By default these regexps are case-insensitive, so this regexp can be shortend to
I don't see that this regexp would block reasonable usernames, so imho we should give it a try. -- seth 17:26, 21 January 2009 (UTC)
Btw. the blacklist for en-wiki is en:MediaWiki:Titleblacklist. -- seth 17:38, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

Terms related to nazis

.*Adolf Hitler.* <newaccountonly>
.*f[uü]hrer.* <newaccountonly>
.*(Waffen-|)Schutzstaffel.* <newaccountonly>
.*National([ _]|)so[cz]ialis(mus|m|t|tische).* <newaccountonly>
.*Gestapo.* <newaccountonly>
.*Holocaust.* <newaccountonly> #to prevent holocaust denial
.*Sturmabteilung.* <newaccountonly> #usually referred as "SA"
.*(Groß|Gross|)deutsches Reich.* <newaccountonly>

These usernames are inappropriate and unacceptable. these should be blocked from creation.--Kwj2772 10:35, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

/F[uü]hrer/ should not be banned, because it just means leader/guide in German, e.g. a Reiseführer is just a traffic guide.
I don't see a problem in banning the other names, but have there been any users using these names? Even in the German TBL we are only blocking names which are similar to "hitler" by
.*h[iíl1]t(?-i:[LlI1])[e3]r.* <newaccountonly>
-- seth 16:01, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
For there were no further comments on this, I'll add the following entry now (and I'll delete it from de-wiki)
.*h[iíl1]t(?-i:[LlI1])[e3]r.* <newaccountonly>
There was a recent case of a user who created a SUL-account for that, see [1] (german).
As I said, I don't see a problem im blacklisting the other proposals, too (except "fuehrer"). But without having examples for guys who used those names, I don't think we need to blacklist them. -- seth 23:23, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
The string:
.*h[iíl1]t(?-i:[LlI1])[e3]r.* <newaccountonly>
has been Added Added. What about the rest?. Cheers. —Dferg (talk) 19:36, 6 April 2009 (UTC)
Nothing new heard about the rest, so X mark.svg Not done. —Dferg (talk) 17:13, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

Other Users

Please add H. Krichel and substitute the vowels in Harald Krichel with wildcards. [2] --Harald Krichel 09:30, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

I can only see one misuse there. maybe some names have been deleted. could you give some examples of those names? -- seth 22:23, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
Some of that names appeared on eswiki too and are in es:Special:Log/suppress. df|  08:48, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

Also "Krichel * Harald" with wildcards. --Harald Krichel 09:01, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

please don't give long lists where we have to look for those names by ourselves. please provide examples, so that we can build an adequate regexp. -- seth 20:17, 18 September 2009 (UTC)



would be useful, see also the global user log. --Harald Krichel 08:16, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

I've added that to the blacklist. Thanks. --Erwin 22:00, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

mixed script?

can you put mixed script titles into the tile blacklist with <noedit>?-- 20:52, 4 October 2009 (UTC)

Why?  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 20:53, 4 October 2009 (UTC)
<noedit> means that users are also unable to edit the page.-- 20:45, 6 October 2009 (UTC)
Why would we want that? — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 22:38, 8 October 2009 (UTC)
If you edit such page, it will return this error: The title "$2" has been banned from creation.

It matches the following disallowed titles list entry: $1

Sure, but why would we want to forbid editing those pages?  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 23:09, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

German Strong Language

These seem to cause no collateral damage in other languages:

*.scheiß.*               <newaccountonly>
*.scheiss.*              <newaccountonly>
*.Arsch.*                <newaccountonly|casesensitive>
*.bl[ö|oe]d.*            <newaccountonly>
*.wi[xx|x|chs]e[nr].*    <newaccountonly>
*.pen[iìí1]s.*           <newaccountonly>
*.f[iìí1]ckt.*           <newaccountonly>
*.fäkal.*                <newaccountonly>
*.onani.*                <newaccountonly>
*.dreckfink.*            <newaccountonly>
*.lausige.*              <newaccountonly>
*.pädophil.*             <newaccountonly>

Useful only for insults:

*.ist ein.*              <newaccountonly
*.schwitzt beim.*        <newaccountonly>
*.ist schwul.*           <newaccountonly>

The preceding unsigned comment was added by Seewolf (talk • contribs) 14:34, 9 October 2009 (UTC).

If no arguments against are risen in the next few days, I go and add them all to the list. --Barras 15:20, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done all added. --Barras 19:11, 20 November 2009 (UTC)

I reverted that. Be careful with the regexp syntax and with the german language. This list would e.g. block harmless names like "bleder", "hiwisender", "kiwisense", "wiser guy", "alchemist eins", onanier, ...
We can copy some of the de-TBL entries to this meta-TBL, but for anything else, I'd like to see evidence for vandalism. After that we can think of blacklisting of perticular parts. -- seth 14:16, 22 November 2009 (UTC)
The addition just blocked new accounts and not article names. Not sure if you know how many insulting names with the mentioned words above are created on other wikis. If there was anything wrong with the syntax, so I'm sorry. Please don't forget to log your done edit. Best --Barras 14:30, 22 November 2009 (UTC)
For regexp-syntax see php manual. For Seewolf is sure, that this won't harm other wikis, I'll move the following entries of de-TBL to this TBL:
.*[s$]che?(?-i:[Iiíıl](?:ß|[Ss$]{2})).* <newaccountonly>&#13;.*f[iíıl]ck(?:e[rn]\b|t\b| d[ieo]).* <newaccountonly>&#13;.*w[iíıl1](?:chs|x{1,3})[e3]?r.* <newaccountonly>&#13;.*pen[iílı]s.* <newaccountonly>
Apart from that I'll add
.* ist schwul.*           <newaccountonly>
because I see the possible misuse.
But as I said, I'd like to have examples for the rest, so that 1. there can't anybody make a false accusation, calling us arbitrary and 2. we can create regexps which are more adequate. -- seth 17:44, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

Proposed removals

Hagger regex too broad

Could you please undo the edit of June 1st ([3]), at least the lines related to Wikipedia, Help, and Portal namespaces? We are encountering inconvenience because of this edit. --Aotake 13:09, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

I've reverted to the old regexes. Any admin is welcome to help create some really really good regexes to stop HAGGER pages. Should stop these ones and those ones. I will hopefully return and try my hand again later.  – Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 13:17, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
Thank you for your quick action. The problem we had in JAWP was that we needed admins' help to move a page titled ja:Portal:食/新着項目. Since I don't know anything about regexes, I don't know how that happened, and therefore have no idea how we can work it out, but I believe there are many people who can take care of it properly. Thanks! --Aotake 13:28, 3 June 2008 (UTC)


Too broad, blocks terms like cockatoo, cocker spaniel, cockeyed, etc. --Conti 17:45, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

Yes, that was intended to be temporary. Apologies.  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 18:28, 17 November 2008 (UTC)


This was .*nigger.*, but the restriction was loosened so that we could create d:sniggerer etc. However, this is still too broad as nigger is a perfectly valid page title on every Wiktionary and there are several Encyclopedia topics with nigger in their titles. Conrad.Irwin 00:04, 25 December 2008 (UTC)

I doubt it's stopping any vandals really. Suggest removal, or <moveonly>  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 01:19, 25 December 2008 (UTC)
I was going to suggest <casesensitive>. --MZMcBride 02:44, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

The title blacklist works not like the spam blacklist. The syntax differs because anchors ^ and $ are used here. so


will become


which is the same as


So that is not what you want, because it will block the string "nigger" (caseinsensitive) only, it will not block that word, if there is something before or after the string. I guess


would be better, because it would block "nigger something", "something nigger", "something-nigger", "nigger-something", and it would not block "nigger", "niggersomething", "somethingnigger".
However, for example some singles of en:Clawfinger would still be blocked. I agree with Mike.lifeguard that a removal would be the best. Perhaps after some time we can see, whether some special titles/usernames should be blocked. -- seth 11:24, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

Removed. --MZMcBride 22:55, 26 December 2008 (UTC)


Imho this should be removed, because names like "janus", "uranus", "manus", "manuscript" are blocked by this entry. -- seth 17:33, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

Yeah, this is blocking an account creation request over at enwiki's WP:ACC, and I've just spent about an hour looking for the relevant entry. :-) Stwalkerstertalk ] 21:03, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Removed Removed  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 21:12, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

"Temporary for a day or so, per private request."

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Has been there for six weeks. 18:26, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

Thanks, Yes check.svg Done — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 18:40, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

several entries

There are several blockings which are not necessary (for example) in de-wiki. Perhaps de-wiki is not the only wiki where some of the English entries are obstructive.

  • /fu[c(k]k/: There is even a town called de:Fucking. It's inhabitants are called "Fuckinger". If you have a look at a german telephone book[4], you will see, that there live some people called "fucker". and "muckefuck" is something like bad coffee.
  • /orgasm/: I could not find a reason for blocking this.
  • /bitch/: Couldn't this be more precised e.g. like /\ba bitch\b/?
  • /[ck(]unt/: This forbids harmless names like "kunterbunt"
  • /AIDS/: this should be case-sensitive.

Of course, for some of those requests I could use the german whitelist. But I guess, it is better to try centralizing the stuff concerning user names, because of SUL. -- seth 22:59, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

Added casesensitive to the aids one and jews did. For the rest, I see no issues. These are account names.  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 20:23, 6 April 2009 (UTC)
Account names don't need to be real names. It's not uncommon to use names like "shadow", "mud", ... in english. a name like "kunterbunt" or "muckefuck" would not be very strange user names in germany either. -- seth 11:42, 10 April 2009 (UTC)


Regex: .*j[iu]m(?:bo|my)( wh?ales)?.* <newaccountonly>
I am an ACC developer and a user from En Wikipedia. At ACC we help people with accessibility and blacklist issues obtain accounts by request. It has come to my attention that the regex mentioned above is stopping users from making accounts with the word "Jimbo" in them. Whilst we all know that Jimbo Wales is the founder of the Wikimedia Foundation, I and several others feel that Jimbo is a common nick & in some cases first name and that by itself does not warrant blacklisting and doing so would be just as bad as blacklisting "larry" (which thank god it's not). I also feel that anyone who may be interested in contacting Jimbo Wales will be well within their ability to tell Jimbo Wales from any other jimbo. Promethean 13:51, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

I don't really know what you want done here. Can you be more specific? --MZMcBride 00:04, 13 July 2009 (UTC)
The regexp /.*j[iu]m(?:bo|my)( wh?ales)?.*/ is equivalent to /.*j[iu]m(?:bo|my).*/. That means that every "jimbo", every "jumbo", every "jimmy" and every "jummy" is forbidden. I agree with Promethean that this regexp should be removed or at least modified, e.g., by using
/.*j[iu]m(?:bo|my) ?wh?ales.*/
I'll do that. -- seth 18:38, 17 July 2009 (UTC)


.*Everett.* <autoconfirmed>

Stale entry, probably not necessary anymore. –xeno (talk) 19:40, 1 October 2009 (UTC)

Removed Removed -- seth 09:21, 3 October 2009 (UTC)


.*Rschen7754.* should be only listed for newaccount. He couldn't create his JS page. Please see commons:COM:AN##Blacklist_override. Thanks. Kwj2772 (msg) 12:37, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done -- seth 22:01, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

Troubleshooting and problems

Passed TBL how?

The following discussion is closed.

How exactly did this username manage to get registered in the first place? Kylu 00:23, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

It may have used some ASCII lookalikes in cyrillic like Аа, Рр, or Ее. It also may have used ASCII lookalikes in greek like Οο. Or the things offensive in it didn't have a <newaccountonly> regex on the title blacklist. --Frogger3140 01:05, 13 October 2008 (UTC)
That's a very specific username, written in ASCII (no Cyrillic lookalikes). There were rules in place at the time of nick registry to prevent some of the combinations present in that username. I put them there. :) I was hoping that one of our developers who have an interest in the TBL would look over the code to see if there's a registration error somewhere. Kylu 22:30, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Colon regex

Yesterday (as of this writing) I added an entry to disallow usernames with colons in them:

Others have suggested removing it entirely (is the problem solved?) or replaced with .{2,3}:.* or an entirely different regex. As I'm not a regexpert, I would like to suggest others determine the proper course of action regarding the situation. Thanks. Kylu 00:50, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

The bug that allowed people to sometimes use usernames that contained namespace prefixes has now been patched by Werdna and synced to the live site. The colon blocking regex can now be removed. Dragons flight 04:47, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Removed Removed — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 17:06, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Readded as .*\:.* <newaccountonly> temporarily. Again. Apparently using the prefix IP: causes the block form to block that IP instead of the account. Discuss. Kylu 05:26, 15 March 2009 (UTC)
If it is just IP: that is still a problem, wouldn't it make more sense to block "IP:" instead of ":". Dragons flight 07:13, 15 March 2009 (UTC)
Yes. However, that bug should be fixed ASAP. Has it been reported?  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 23:49, 15 March 2009 (UTC)
My concern, like last time, is that there might be more ways to manipulate similar bugs. Apparently there were, so it might be reasonable to leave the regex until the matter is more thoroughly investigated, perhaps? Kylu 00:27, 16 March 2009 (UTC)
Re-removed, issue is apparently unreproducible. Kylu 04:45, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

Blocking attempts to spoof Google Analytics authentication

The following discussion is closed.

Please could someone add


(with no leading or trailing wildcards) to the title blacklist? It's a highly unlikely pattern for any real article name, and closes off a possible route for spoofing Google Analytics into thinking a third party "owns" Wikipedia, which can't be a good thing under any circumstances. Please see w:Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)#Someone_tried_to_active_.2F_take_control_of_Google_Analytics_for_WP for the rationale behind this request. -- The Anome 13:27, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

Done. --MZMcBride 00:01, 13 July 2009 (UTC)


The following discussion is closed.

an accent needed to be added to the Title blacklist

the entry listed here:


needed to be changed to this:


because any letter or accent that makes the word "Grawp" should be blacklisted 03:45, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done entries modified. --Barras 14:48, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

Also, ⒢,⒭,⒜,⒲,⒫,Ⓦ,Ⓟ needed to be added to "grawp" entries so people do not create more "grawp" accounts to bypass the title blacklist. See the globalauth log here 04:20, 21 November 2009 (UTC)

The account can't be created twice, so there is no need to black list an already existing account. --Barras 10:33, 21 November 2009 (UTC)