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Report and discuss cross-wiki spam

Hi, welcome to the talk page of the antispam project!

Information we need to investigate promotional spam:

  • a list of the accounts involved in cross-wiki spam
  • the reasons you think there's cross-wiki spam, e.g. single-purpose accounts coordinating on closely related topics which don't meet notability guidelines and/or contain highly promotional content
  • have there been past community discussions on local projects? Have sockpuppet investigations been conducted?

We can investigate on other wikis, find new sockpuppets or suspicious edits and find new data to get the bigger picture. When a case is solved, we can inform local communities to ask for help with cleanup (e.g. by deleting pages or systematically removing promotional material).

We also keep an archive of past cases to keep track of and minor cases and internal matters.

About Pierre Malinowski[edit]

Hi,

On fr-wiki we identified problematic spam on closely related topics:

SPI showed that: fr:Wikipédia:Vérificateur d'adresses IP/Requêtes/juillet 2021#Svetlana090, Foundation-french, Marija1st, BKTeaman, Yasinkovski, Jean-Dumoulin1, Jehanne-Sylvie - 24 juillet = 31.28.224.0/19 is proxy and sockpuppets are:

I also blocked other SPAs:

The pages are also under extended protection (2 yrs)-see request to admins: [1] Affected wikis are:

  • commons++++
  • en-WP+++++
  • fr-WP++++++
  • ru-WP++++++
  • de-WP++
  • WD+++

I can't speak German or Russian to warn them about this spam by a bunch of SPAs. Best regards, Bédévore (talk) 14:40, 31 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

created the page on en.wp. I blocked them for spamming back in April, for creating w:Roman Bekmuradov. MER-C (talk) 12:29, 1 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Wiki PR, Status Labs[edit]

Notable - literally, because they have articles written about them - spammers with a lengthy history. There's a lot of residual cross-wiki cleanup that needs to be performed, plus some of the spam seems to have returned in the intervening years since this case was investigated. MER-C (talk) 17:17, 17 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

List of articles pasted at User:MER-C/Spam/WikiPR. @Jules*: there's a couple for you to nuke. MER-C (talk) 16:38, 21 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
Done @MER-C: maybe it would be useful to open an archive subpage (with the links above)? best, — Jules* Talk 09:49, 22 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
P.-S. : if it can help to discover other socks, @MER-C:, MonsieurJohannes (who created fr:Freshworks listed on your subpage):
— Jules* Talk 09:58, 22 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
Okay, so, some other articles to delete not on your list:
Ping @Itti and MarioGom:. (We have no contact for it-wp.) — Jules* Talk 11:09, 22 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
Yay, untagged socks. The CU data was too cloudy, but there is little doubt these accounts are affiliated. Sigh. See en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Japanelemu/Archive for the untagged accounts. I also created Wikiproject:Antispam/Archives/2021/Wiki PR but someone needs to complete the research. There are a lot more discussions than this. MER-C (talk) 14:27, 22 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
There is also:
— Jules* Talk 15:51, 22 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
@MER-C: en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Boskit190/Archive may also be Wiki PR/Status Labs: Keke1970 (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · ja · en), who created ja:SnatchBot and ja:PMインターナショナル, has been blocked on en-wp as a sock of Boskit190.
I also found out new and more recent (2020-2021) accounts, not blocked nor locked, via ja:チェーザレ・カターニア (found with ja:利用者:Keke1970/sandbox), which led me to wikidata:Q56141864:
— Jules* Talk 16:36, 22 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
Found another SPI: en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Fatima 77/Archive. New articles added to User:MER-C/Spam/WikiPR. MER-C (talk) 18:12, 22 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
Tagged es:SnatchBot and es:Ben Heine for deletion. es:eDreams.es is notable and someone already did some clean up. It might need further review though. Action still pending for VhuroMu2 (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · es). MarioGom (talk) 20:21, 22 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

About KapitalBrand (frwp, commons, enwp)[edit]

Hello,

KapitalBrand is an e-reputation company based in Morroco and they hire freelance editors to write on wikis. They use a lot of sockpuppets to edit articles about their clients (to get the "upper hand" in debates and to publish articles, sometimes cheating on typo to bypass protections). They never declare their conflicts of interest or their sockpuppets. They are banned on fr-wp. Typically, a freelance writes a draft and another dude publishes the draft.

Sockpuppets page is here: fr:Wikipédia:Faux-nez/KapitalBrand. They operate mainly on fr-wp and commons however a few of them are on en-wp.

Best, Bédévore (talk) 08:52, 23 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Unknown multilingual UPE sockfarm[edit]

I found en:Mikhail Valerievich Lifshitz in my fortnightly suspicious article list. This was created by Straycatgirl (CA · xwiki · COIBot report) who has 13k edits on uk.wp but their creations on en.wp are spewing red flags for UPE. Barvenkov (CA · xwiki · COIBot report) created uk:Лифшиц, Михаил Валерьевич.

The obvious publicity photo File:Mikhail Lifshitz.jpg in this article was uploaded by Jackrosse (CA · xwiki · COIBot report) and sourced to this Flickr profile hxxps://flickr.com/photos/187794352@N07/ engaged in obvious license laundering. The Flickr profile contains three images, the second File:Dr Amine Issa.jpg also being uploaded by Jackrosse for d:Q106809433 (Mobalytics).

The third image File:Michael Baczor.jpg was uploaded by Vladmedv (CA · xwiki · COIBot report). They substantially edited d:Q89453053 (Michael Baczor).

This Wikidata item was created by Momarfish (CA · xwiki · COIBot report). They uploaded File:Netskope Headquarters.jpg, sourced from another license laundering profile on Flickr hxxps://flickr.com/photos/187387549@N06/ (one image only), made en:Netskope a lot more spammy and created en:Nexthink, en:Lily Jay (both spam) and en:Martin Devergie.

Momarfish also substantially contributed to d:Q23672838 (Roobee). This yields three articles:

And this is where it starts to get complicated. MER-C (talk) 12:16, 4 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

This is getting old for this sock farm, so I will stop here. @DarwIn: please delete the images on Commons. MER-C 09:41, 5 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

This is still active: en:Vlad Panchenko created by Cahdigirl (CA · xwiki · COIBot report) (en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Ejikela), Wsjreporter2007 (CA · xwiki · COIBot report), Mindelinfo (CA · xwiki · COIBot report). MER-C 04:08, 10 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Ross kramerov[edit]

Upwork freelance spammer (not their real name) that has polluted multiple wikis. Ongoing abuse. Falsely claims authorship of at least two articles on their Upwork profile.

Residual articles:

Cleanup is mostly complete but there is another sockpuppet investigation pending. MER-C 18:40, 17 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

Linkspam online casinos et. al.[edit]

Temporarily collapsing - resolved

We are currently investigating accounts in dewiki which are involved in cross-wiki spamming, there was an SPI on enwp uncovering lots of socks. The accounts usually make a few edits verifying wayback archive links and then they add valid content with a reference to an unsuitable commercial website (online gambling, hair replacement, etc.).

Completed/ongoing investigations:

Other affected wikis:

--Count Count (talk) 10:55, 19 September 2021 (UTC)Reply









Sites spammed on en.wp:



















Unblocked sockpuppets found:

SPI renewed. MER-C 14:18, 19 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

I endorsed a CU-check for sleepers on enwiki; I'm basically certain that – at least on en – these are all operated by the same person. I also had a go at a (private) abuse filter. Spam blacklist might be something to consider as well(?), though I have little experience with that. Blablubbs (talk) 18:03, 21 September 2021 (UTC)Reply
No new domains found on en.wp. Someone needs to gather up all of the domains and send them to Talk:Spam blacklist - but that can only be done once the German and Spanish investigations are completed. MER-C 19:11, 21 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

Some more socks that we found on it.wiki and then xwiki:

They're probably related to these old accounts: Marcooo671 (CA · xwiki · COIBot report), Blixa8519berlin (CA · xwiki · COIBot report), and Smith8519berlin (CA · xwiki · COIBot report) which edited w:it:LeoVegas the same way User:AnnaAmiar did. Sites spammed on it.wiki: sitiscommesse.com and migliorisitiscommesse.net--Sakretsu (炸裂) 19:47, 25 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

Dewiki CU-results are in (w:de:Special:Diff/215891560). I requested locks for the unlocked accounts. Blablubbs (talk) 21:52, 25 September 2021 (UTC)Reply




















































































Additional accounts found:

MER-C 09:24, 26 September 2021 (UTC)Reply























More. MER-C 15:13, 26 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

Domains mentioned here nominated for blacklisting. MER-C 10:47, 3 October 2021 (UTC)Reply
All blacklisted. Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 12:48, 3 October 2021 (UTC)Reply
LuchoCR: Some of the accounts listed in this case edit eswiki, maybe you can have a look? Thanks! MarioGom (talk) 07:55, 5 October 2021 (UTC)Reply
@MarioGom:: None of the accounts have activity in the last 90 days, son can't run a verification. --LuchoCR (talk) 18:51, 5 October 2021 (UTC)Reply
Next CU on dewiki: de:Wikipedia:Checkuser/Anfragen/Supercars08 --Itti (talk) 13:09, 22 January 2022 (UTC)Reply
























These links were used by recent sockpuppets related to this spam. --Johannnes89 (talk) 13:56, 22 January 2022 (UTC)Reply

+ enWP [4] --Johannnes89 (talk) 21:31, 22 January 2022 (UTC)Reply

Rohit Mehta[edit]





Affects en.wp, simple.wp, hi.wp, Commons and Wikidata. Spam for Rohit Mehta and his website. MER-C 08:35, 20 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

CharmenderDeol[edit]

See w:en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/CharmenderDeol. A large sockfarm working on simple, Commons and enwiki; accounts are usually either segregated between wikis or have a strong focus on one. Per enwiki CU, there is proxy use involved, so I suspect additional local checks may uncover additional accounts. Any assistance with filing relevant investigations and cleanup would be appreciated. Blablubbs (talk) 09:18, 25 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

Thanks, at Commons speedy deletions have been initiated for File:DAO Minh Quan.jpg, File:Michael Obeng.jpg and File:Luis Marti.jpg. In addition, a couple of regular DRs were opened: c:Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by ImmaDie, c:Commons:Deletion requests/File:Griffin Lotson.jpg, c:Commons:Deletion requests/File:Richard Bohannon.jpg, c:Commons:Deletion requests/File:AQUILES ESTE.jpg, c:Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Nirmaln404. --AFBorchert (talk) 23:34, 25 September 2021 (UTC)Reply
I ran into SabrinaMaze (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · simple · en) while working on the enwiki SPI case. They are stale on en, but based on their creation of simple:Aquiles Este they are probably related to this farm (see en:Draft:Aquiles Este, c:File:AQUILES ESTE.jpg). CU on simplewiki might be helpful. Spicy (talk) 01:30, 26 September 2021 (UTC)Reply
@Ferien: see above. MER-C 10:00, 26 September 2021 (UTC)Reply
I've sent that page to requests for deletion.. Eptalon, could you take a look at the sockpuppetry stuff? Thanks, Ferien (talk) 10:12, 26 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

UA85 and related[edit]



  • Affected wikis: Wikidata, pnb.wp (Western Punjabi), en.wp, fr.wp, no.wp, hi.wp (Hindi), ur.wp (Urdu), pl.wp, es.wp, bn.wp, Commons.

UA85 claims to be Umair Ahmad. Originally limited to this subject, they have since engaged in both UPE and link spamming. There is also likely a spam company behind all of this. Ongoing abuse. MER-C 20:01, 25 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

Most of the sockpuppets did not have any contributions at Commons. Most of the uploads are already deleted, File:Jeans Explosion.jpg is one of the surviving files with VRT permission (appears to be genuine). --AFBorchert (talk) 22:36, 25 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

Needs a flush out on Commons, Urdu and Punjab Wikipedias. MER-C 17:01, 16 April 2022 (UTC)Reply

@TheAafi: there are at least a few spam pages on the Urdu Wikipedia awaiting elimination. User:MER-C/Spam/UA85 may be helpful. MER-C 17:12, 25 April 2022 (UTC)Reply
MER-C Been in travel since last night. Gimme sometime and I'll get this done. ─ The Aafī (talk) 03:41, 26 April 2022 (UTC)Reply
I deleted several articles under UA85 tag, and will check all others once I reach back home. ─ The Aafī on Mobile (talk) 03:54, 26 April 2022 (UTC)Reply
{@MER-C:, I deleted a bunch of articles and removed the spam links from several others. I'll likely move few of these through AfD because I'm not sure whether to keep these or to delete them, so I'd seek consensus from the local community. Everything else is Done. ─ The Aafī (talk) 14:38, 26 April 2022 (UTC)Reply

Trane007[edit]

These accounts have been blocked for socking and spamming on enwiki (see en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Trane007), but the first two are also active on frwiki. Articles that have been created or heavily edited by them include:

Trane007 was previously warned for UPE on frwiki [5]. There also seems to be some related logged-out editing on 2001:8A0:E80A:B200::/64 - see en and fr contribs. This might go back further than this - Barbapapa888 (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · fr), though stale, is likely related based on editing interests and username.

Thanks, Spicy (talk) 12:21, 1 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hi @Spicy. Thanks for the info. I blocked accounts on fr-wp, deleted some articles, marked the other for UPE, and asked for a SPI: fr:Wikipédia:Vérificateur d'adresses IP/Requêtes/octobre 2021#Trane007, Honesty888 - 1 octobre. (You can ping me when cases are related to fr-wp.) Best, — Jules* Talk 13:03, 1 October 2021 (UTC)Reply
That was fast - thanks. Will do in the future re. pings. Spicy (talk) 14:39, 1 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

Locks requested. MER-C 17:09, 9 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

@Spicy, MER-C, and Jules*: Mardit1 (talk · contribs) has started editing about AFRO on enwp. Blocked locally. Blablubbs (talk) 15:25, 28 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

Split-project UPE for Dave Sidhu among likely others[edit]

I got a set of users that are likely socks of one another, with single-project editing largely being limited to one of each account. What follows is the behavioral evidence that links them. I'm already working on making sure the enwiki editor gets blocked since it's pretty blatant.

User/Link summaries
















  • R. Edits is linked to R. Articles by the same strong interest in Dharmendra Ahirwar (see this global search)
  • Davesidhusydney is a little stale, but is linked to Tracktouch Productions by en:Dave Sidhu (see log of en:Draft:Dave Sidhu) compared to pa:Dave Sidhu being essentially identical
  • R. Articles is linked to Davesidhusydney by their substantial modifications to the above linked draft.
  • Kanwaljeetsingh is very stale, but had a similar interest with a mainspace creation on Sidhu in 2016, and no other activity.
  • Both R. accounts and Tracktouch have added links to thecover.in, and no one else.
  • Both R. Articles and Tracktouch have added links to davesidhu.in and no one else.
  • Some various other bits point to very likely UPE based from a marketing firm.

Because of the limited amount of single-wiki editing performed, there isn't really any place I can file an SPI. I'm putting this here mainly for documentation purposes, as there may be further cleanup needed: the accounts listed here are mostly very active in editing. I also provided a bit more evidence than probably needed to show that this is a spam ring, but both R. accounts have a decent number of edits (in the hundreds), so I don't want to skip out on any details. Perryprog (talk) 22:19, 5 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

+Tracktouchrecords, also years stale. GeneralNotability (talk) 22:22, 5 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

Xenen1970[edit]

Nigerian based spammer. Ongoing abuse. Focus is Nigerian politics and CEOs but occasionally strays into the West.

New accounts not mentioned in the en.wp SPI which I just blocked:

Heavy spamming on Simple English and English Wikipedias, and lots of copyvio images on Commons (there's no way File:European Diversity Awards.jpg, File:Gideon Olanrewaju.jpg and File:Scott Lumley11.jpg among many others, is this user's own work). @Celestina007, DarwIn, and AFBorchert:. MER-C 17:05, 9 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

@Ferien: see above - I've made a few DRs on Simple, but there's too much and new socks keep on being discovered. MER-C 11:59, 10 October 2021 (UTC)Reply
I've taken the list of accounts from the simplewiki SPI, and every one of their uploads to Commons was copyvio. I've tagged all of those, but the accounts on the enwiki SPI will also need to be gone through. Jack Frost (talk) 13:06, 14 November 2021 (UTC)Reply

Several UPE/socks blocked on fr-wp[edit]

Hi (ping @MER-C, @Blablubbs).

We found (and blocked) several accounts on fr-wp which are socks (and probably UPE!), in two separate cases. Articles created should probably reviewed. Some accounts are not blocked yet on en-wp:

I only put the not yet blocked accounts with at least one edit on en-wp; exhaustive lists can be found in the "case summary" links.

Kind regards, — Jules* Talk 22:18, 14 November 2021 (UTC)Reply

Changingguardsatbuckinghampalace[edit]

Changingguardsatbuckinghampalace is an Israeli UPE operation primarily focused on English Wikipedia. You can see the accounts in the English sockpuppet investigation, but I'll list here the cross-wiki ones:

And articles:

Maybe frwiki and dewiki could run some checkuser checks? Big UPE operations that go cross-wiki rarely do so for a single article.

Pinging fr and de contacts: Bédévore, Jules*, LaMèreVeille, AFBorchert, Itti, MBq, Millbart.

Best, MarioGom (talk) 19:24, 19 December 2021 (UTC)Reply

thx for the info, on dewiki a CU ist not possible, account was only active 1 June 2020, the edit is to old for CU. But I will have a look. Regards --Itti (talk) 19:29, 19 December 2021 (UTC)Reply
Thanks Itti! By the way, for any CU, contact GeneralNotability privately if you need some tips to interpret technical evidence for this sockfarm. MarioGom (talk) 19:34, 19 December 2021 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for the ping, @MarioGom. I deleted the article and blocked the accounts. Sadly, edits are too old for CU as well. Best, — Jules* Talk 17:33, 20 December 2021 (UTC)Reply
de:Millennium Management now deleted and protected --MBq (talk) 12:42, 12 February 2022 (UTC)Reply

Wikipedia:Sockpuppetry[edit]

Misuse of spare account. Creating custom pages in all Wikipedia languages. User accounts:

Global user contributions

--Persia ☘ 13:57, 25 December 2021 (UTC)Reply

History of creating current pages
History of creating current pages
wiki history by
ps.wikipedia 1:35 9 November 2021 AriaTess
th.wikipedia 21:50 1 November 2021‎ AriaTess
tr.wikipedia 07.16 24 November 2021‎ Miladtayan
uk.wikipedia 15:17 7 November 2021 AriaTess
zh.wikipedia 12:20 8 ‎November 2021 AriaTess
en.wikiquote 16:33 16 November 2021‎ Miladtayan
commons.wikimedia 04:07 28 October 2021‎ AriaTess
wikidata 22:22 25 May 2020 Huyancho
pnb.wikipedia 6:45 6 December 2021 Abbas dhothar
pt.wikipedia 05:27 19 January 2022‎ Aryankhodakaramim
Delete history
Delete history
history Page on [wiki] deleted by
09:25, 30 December 2021‎ [hiwiki] User: रेजा गुडारी
15:56, 27 December 2021 [eswiki] User:-sasha-
17:13, 26 December 2021 [jawiki] User:Marine-Blue
15:21, 26 December 2021 [kowiki] User:Reiro
12:05, 26 December 2021‎ [urwiki] User:Ulubatli Hasan
23:36, 25 December 2021 [ruwiki] User:Q-bit array
22:55, 25 December 2021‎ [itwiki] User:Merynancy
17:12, 25 December 2021 [frwiki] User:Jules*
17:06, 25 December 2021 [dewiki] User:Partynia
18:09, 11 December 2021 [fawikiquote] User:فرهنگ2016
23:19, 08 December 2021 [eswiki] User:Ezarate
06:54, 28 November 2021 [fawiki] User:Jeeputer
01:16, 17 November 2021‎ [enwikinews] User:Acagastya
11:12, 03 November 2021‎ [dewiki] User:Kuebi
10:20, 03 November 2021 [itwiki] User:Gac
11:02, 02 November 2021 [dewiki] User:Stefan64
17:08, 17 September 2021‎ [fawiki] User:Mardetanha
15:46, 11 May 2021 [fawiki] User:Mardetanha
19:57, 17 January 2021 [enwiki] User:Praxidicae

--Persia ☘ 09:24, 28 December 2021 (UTC)Reply

@Jules*: Hello, What user handles the reports here?--Persia ☘ 20:20, 6 January 2022 (UTC)Reply
@Persia: Those who follow the page. But, as each report is about various wikis, you should ping users listed in Wikiproject:Antispam/Contacts for wikis relevant in the current case. — Jules* Talk 20:32, 6 January 2022 (UTC)Reply
  • Remarkable administrators of other wikis in:

--Persia ☘ 09:53, 23 January 2022 (UTC)Reply

WOWcube[edit]

Hi, can we ping users from other wikis where there were no discussions about this article yet? This is related to Hrabarook and en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/Iexeru/Archive.

Illustrations:

--Anntinomy (talk) 20:39, 20 January 2022 (UTC)Reply

Multi-language Spam : creation of Luka Snoj in different languages by several accounts[edit]

(in french, sorry)

Bonjour, j'ai la forte suspicion que Luka Snoj a spammé entre mai et octobre 2021 une dizaine de wikis, dont la wikipédia francophone, pour créer sous différents pseudonymes son propre article wikipédia.

Les utilisateurs, tous CAOU, sont inactifs maintenant que ces articles existent (en 9 langues à ce jour, tandis que 2 langues ont été supprimées) mais pourraient revenir si on faisait un gros nettoyage (admissibilité discutable et articles publicitaires bien entendu).

À ce jour 4 de ses présumés pseudonymes ont été exclus, mais de la wikipédia espagnole uniquement.

En déroulant le fil avec l'article français qui me paraissait louche, je me suis fait un petit pavé avec les notes que j'ai pu rassembler. Si l'on supprime les articles sans s'occuper de ces comptes le problème pourrait se poser de nouveau :

Basketball3x3 (nom du bouquin)

CAOU sur en.wiki

17 décembre 2015 à 14:02‎ création page en.wiki

2 imports sur commons effacés en 2015

Europe3x3basketball (variation sur le précédent)

CAOU sur en.wiki et jp.wiki

9 janvier 2021 à 21:15 modifications page en.wiki

17 mai 2021 à 21:15 création page ja.wiki

17 mai 2021 à 23:15 modification sur l'item wikidata

Stephenlentz

CAOU sur en.wiki

compte bloqué sur es.wiki pour abus de faux-nez

3 mai 2021 à 11:59 modifications page en.wiki

18 mai 2021 à 00:02 modifications sur l'item wikidata

213.172.247.30

CAOU sur sl.wiki

4 mai 2021 à 00:31 création page sl.wiki avec le diff "Ustvarjanje nove strani Luka Snoj (po vzoru Luka Snoj strani na amer. Wikipedii)" (google trad : "Création d'une nouvelle page Luka Snoj (sur le modèle de la page Luka Snoj sur Wikipedia américain) "). (NDLR : Ben voyons... si je créé moi-même ma page en anglais, je m'en sers comme modèle pour les autres ;) )

920aa

CAOU sur de.wiki, en.wiki et fr.wiki

compte bloqué sur es.wiki pour abus de faux-nez

18 octobre 2021 à 16:25 modifications page en.wiki

18 octobre 2021 à 20:33‎ création page fr.wiki

18 octobre 2021 à 23:06 une dizaine de modifications sur l'item wikidata jusqu'au 20 octobre

19 octobre 2021 à 00:16 modification page fr.wiki

19 octobre 2021 à 00:42 création page de.wiki

Jskii221

CAOU sur de.wiki, en.wiki, nl.wiki, pl.wiki, pt.wiki

compte bloqué sur es.wiki pour abus de faux-nez

18 octobre 2021 à 16:53 import d'une photo du sujet sur commons

une photo supprimée précédemment, date d'import inconnu

18 octobre 2021 à 22:25 modifications page en.wiki

19 octobre 2021 à 01:47 création page pl.wiki

19 octobre 2021 à 01:58 modifications page de.wiki

20 octobre 2021 à 12:55 création page pt.wiki

20 octobre 2021 à 21:25 création page nl.wiki

44oop12

CAOU sur fr.wiki et en.wiki

compte bloqué sur es.wiki pour abus de faux-nez

26 octobre 2021 à 14:57 modifications page en.wiki

26 octobre 2021 à 16:52 import de la photo du sujet sur commons

26 octobre 2021 à 18:28 modifications page fr.wiki (révoquées)

Track0922

1 seule modif, insuffisant mais même pattern de pseudo et ça peut être un compte dormant

20 octobre 2021 à 19:36 modification page en.wiki

Page es.wiki supprimée le 18 juin 2021 puis 18 novembre 2021

Page sr.wiki supprimée le 1er novembre 2021

(english summary)
Hi everyone, I suspect someone (Luka Snoj himself I presume, but who knows) creates the article Luka Snoj in several languages in order to promote himself and his book about basket-ball.
Some accounts :are blocked on es.wiki but he did it on 9 languages, included en.wiki and de.wiki.
If needed, I can answer in basic english. Feel free to format my message in a better way if you think so. --El Funcionario (talk) 04:53, 28 January 2022 (UTC)Reply
Update : the french article has be deleted today. --El Funcionario (talk) 09:11, 5 February 2022 (UTC)Reply
German de:Luka_Snoj was discussed and kept in 10/2021 due to the sportive successes. Today I deleted most of its content as blatand book advertising. --MBq (talk) 12:31, 12 February 2022 (UTC)Reply

Clandestine task force actively promoting Eric Zemmour's presidential campaign at Wikipedia[edit]

Hi, first of all: sorry about my broken English. I'll try and make it short.

  1. The whole story involved w:fr:Éric Zemmour, who is a candidate in the w:Presidential elections in France. The event is to be held in April 2022.
  2. In December 2021, the head advisor for Zemmour's online campaign said that several Wikipedians were monitoring and honing Zemmour's page, but he didn't give any hint to identify them. Le Parisien - paywall, sorry
  3. In December 2021 Jules* was asked, by a journalist whose name is Vincent Bresson, to help him with an enquiry about Z's supporters on fr-wp. Bresson went undercover and was admitted in the group of users who were POV-pushing about Zemmour. He kept all logs and also asked Jules* to check and support his own research. This secret group was directed by the head advisor for Zemmour's campaign. The members of the group were tasked with using several tactics to make POV-pushing, and also retaliate against anyone in their way, including cyberbullying. They called themselves WikiZedia.
  4. The data collected, both by Jules* and by journalist Vincent Bresson, was eventually released. Vincent Bresson published his research in a book Au coeur du Z, un journaliste a infiltré la campagne d'Éric Zemmour. The same day, that is on 2022-02-17, Jules* also released the information to the Frech community.

The members involved are:

They are currently in the process of being banned. The story made huge headlines in newspapers in France. The French community, as you might have guessed, is not really delighted about the WikiZedia team and their coordinated POV-pushing; also, they were involved with someone who threatened an opposing user with physical violence.

Cheep made changes on a lot of other wikis: https://guc.toolforge.org/?by=date&user=Cheep

Discussions about it on fr-wp:

Best regards, Bédévore (talk) 16:07, 19 February 2022 (UTC)Reply

Discussions about it at en-wiki:
Users indeffed at fr-wiki, per this French ANI discussion (Bulletin des administrateurs):
Users indeffed at en-wiki (blocking proposal still going on as of 01:58, 20 February 2022 (UTC) at this ANI thread :
Thanks, Mathglot (talk) 01:58, 20 February 2022 (UTC)Reply

Büşra Duran Gündüz[edit]

I suspect spam. A same editor created this article on two Wikis. The ur-wiki article is a complete rubbish machine translation. Please see via Wikidata:Q111592126 and see what should be the best action. Celestina007, can you assisting digging this further? ─ The Aafī (talk) 23:22, 24 April 2022 (UTC)Reply

@AafiOnMobile: I had deleted the article and protect it from it being created again for now. Thanks for the alert. PeaceSeekers (talk) 08:33, 25 April 2022 (UTC)Reply
Should the article creator be warned/blocked? Because I suspect several other spam articles such as Wikidata:Q24579245, and this on Ms-wiki. ─ The Aafī (talk) 08:45, 25 April 2022 (UTC)Reply

Blocked and quarantined on en.wp. MER-C 10:57, 17 September 2022 (UTC)Reply

M Natarajan[edit]

Looks suspicious. This article has been created on several wikis just today. See via Wikidata:Q51885920. ─ The Aafī (talk) 10:04, 13 May 2022 (UTC)Reply

Tagged for CSD in idwiki, no indication no notability. --*Fehufangą✉ Talk page10:21, 9 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

Muzeum Miniaturowej Sztuki Profesjonalnej Henryk Jan Dominiak w Tychach[edit]

The same editor has created articles about the museum in 18 languages. I nominated the article in en for deletion at en:Wikipedia: Articles for deletion/Muzeum Miniaturowej Sztuki Profesjonalnej Henryk Jan Dominiak in Tychy as it was promotional and without independent references and it was deleted on 7 June. There is also a pl deletion discussion. I believe that all of the articles should be checked for notability and promotional language.

Deleted in June 13rd.--Got Your Back Everyday (talk) 19:55, 15 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

Account

TSventon (talk) 10:21, 8 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

Probably related: Muzeum Miniaturowej Sztuki Profesjonalnej Henryk Jan Dominiak w Tychach (CA · xwiki · COIBot report), see commons uploads Johannnes89 (talk) 13:03, 8 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
I looked at the Korean article once more, and I think it is promoting the museum. I'm going to request deletion of it.--Got Your Back Everyday (talk) 08:03, 9 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
Oppose Oppose It is not strange to have an article because it is a national museum that has an article in the Polish version for a long time. It may be an opportunity to visit this museum when visiting this town, but I don't think it will be as effective as a promotion for residents of Korea and Japan.--The Lizard's Tail (talk) 07:08, 19 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

Comment Comment I have a question. Isn't the discussion here announced in articles in each language? --The Lizard's Tail (talk) 03:19, 24 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

Sources[edit]

Krzysiek2224, I have started a new section for sources for the article. The en:Wikipedia:notability guideline generally requires significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject. Other projects will have different, but probably similar requirements. Please can you explain whether the sources you add offer significant coverage, what the source is, e.g. a local paper, and if it is independent. TSventon (talk) 13:48, 9 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

Krzysiek2224, the en:prezi link looks like a presentation produced by the museum, which would not be independent. TSventon (talk) 13:48, 9 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
Szkoda, że jesteś takim słabym informatykiem i nie potrafisz w źródłach tej strony Prezi.com odnaleźć autorstwa - wszystkich tak podejrzewasz? poszukaj dokładnie i znajdziesz tam autora.
https://prezi.com/zxtvbjok3kgr/muzeum-miniaturowej-sztuki-profesjonalnej-henryk-jan-dominia/ Krzysiek2224 (talk) 18:07, 9 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
Krzysiek2224, my advice to you is to make it easy for other editors to understand why your references establish notability. TSventon (talk) 03:47, 10 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
I read about this museum in the Silesian Library in Katowice in the printed encyclopedia "Britiszpedia". On Commons wikipedia of this museum I saw interesting photos of the exhibits. I decided to make articles about this museum in other wikipedia in the world. I checked that this museum is on the Register of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and is therefore encyclopedic. Nobody has to prove with some articles that this museum can be included in Wikipedia in Poland and in other places in the world. This museum collects exhibits from different countries of the world. It is a Cultural Institution, not an actor, singer or anyone else to prove encyclopedic. Some Wikipediaist from Poland does not know the rules and makes a mess with all Wikipedia. Here is the Museum Register in the Ministry, which automatically proves the encyclopaedic record from this museum. Item 41:
https://bip.mkidn.gov.pl/media/download_gallery/20140319Muzea_utworzone_przez_osoby_fizyczne.pdf1397627824 Krzysiek2224 (talk) 04:44, 10 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
Krzysiek2224, my advice, which you are free to ignore, is to add a separate bullet point and explanation for each source. TSventon (talk) 11:13, 10 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
Comment Comment The standard of Notability differs depending on the language versions.
So it should be discussed locally in each language version.
It is a mistake to think Notability here according to en:Wikipedia:Notability in English version where user:TSventon is mainly active.
By the way, the reason for the request to delete by user:ネイ in Japanese version is not Notability but the quality of the Japanese used.--The Lizard's Tail (talk) 02:46, 24 June 2022 (UTC)(Fix user:TSvention to user:TSventon. Sorry.--The Lizard's Tail (talk) 02:50, 24 June 2022 (UTC))(Fix Nortability to Notability. Sorry.--The Lizard's Tail (talk) 02:55, 24 June 2022 (UTC))Reply
For everyone's awareness, The Lizard's Tail is blocked as w:ja:LTA:SUZU on jawiki. It is safe to ignore their comments. ネイ (talk) 08:27, 24 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
Done Speedy deleted on fr-wp. — Jules* talk 14:07, 22 July 2022 (UTC)Reply

[EN/FR/AR] Asaidmanar — Worldwide01[edit]

Hi @Blablubbs, Cabayi, Spiderone, and Nearlyevil665:

Regarding en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Asaidmanar, there is at least one new account used on fr, en and ar-wp: Worldwide01 (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · en · fr · ar). He's not blocked yet. A checkuser request has been submitted on fr-wp.

Best, — Jules* talk 21:13, 8 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

Worldwide01 is now blocked on enwp, as is QWXCC (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · en · commons) who uploaded copyvio images to Commons. I've requested a lock for these accounts. Spicy (talk) 04:15, 10 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

Prix Versailles 2022[edit]

A group of single purpose editors had created articles about the prize in 16 languages by 2021. After various discussions in 2021, see links below, 8 articles were deleted. In 2022 3 more articles have been created by single purpose accounts. A check user request, link below, confirms that they are likely or maybe connected to the 2021 editors. I believe that all of the articles should be checked for notability and promotional language.

Accounts

Discussions

TSventon (talk) 07:53, 12 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

It's just about a prize that UNESCO gives. I don't think it is promoting anything.--Got Your Back Everyday (talk) 22:14, 21 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
Hi. @Got Your Back Everyday: there are evidence that there is cross-wiki spam promotion of this prix for years. Best, — Jules* talk 13:09, 22 July 2022 (UTC)Reply
To be exact, it's not a prize given by UNESCO, but a prize given in office hired to Unesco. --Pa2chant.bis (talk) 05:21, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

Spam has returned on en.wp: en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Darshak.parmar, en:Prix Versailles Award. MER-C 11:31, 15 January 2023 (UTC)Reply

Blocked Daughter Hadria (CA · xwiki · COIBot report) for en:Versailles Prize (this account also created pt:Prix Versailes). MER-C 11:46, 1 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Nicolas Micheletti - spam[edit]

This user is creating this article in the context of a promotion on each Wiki.

  1. https://www.partitoanimalista.org/chi-siamo-1
  2. https://www.greenme.com.br/informarse/agricultura/92449-fim-da-era-dos-abates/
  3. https://www.endtheslaughterage.eu/

These links are promotional and are included in the article, that is, it does not have a neutral point but a partisan point to veganism. On en-Wiki, "This article was nominated for deletion on April 2, 2018. The result of the discussion was delete".

Account

--Anibal Maysonet (talk) 12:37, 12 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

Anibal Maysonet, the same editor has created en:World Union of Deists in 7 wikipedias, that looks like spam as well. TSventon (talk) 13:39, 12 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

Eva Hadashi - spam[edit]

Not meeting encyclopedic notability.

Single-purpose account

--Anibal Maysonet (talk) 13:08, 19 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

Avisa Partners[edit]

Part 1[edit]

Hi,

Mediapart, a french news outlet, published investigations about how Avisa Partners, a big competitive intelligence company, creates thousands of false sources on the web, and edit Wikipedia with UPE accounts; I helped the journalist for this last part, as explained on the fr-wp sysop noticeboard.

Most of the activity detected is on fr-wp, but there are at least two accounts who are socks, and very likely to be UPE used by Avisa Partners, who edited en-WP en:Draft:Alexandre Arnault (linked to a client of Avisa Partners, Bernard Arnault):

Both are blocked on fr-wp. Ping @Blablubbs, @MER-C. Best, — Jules* talk 13:18, 22 July 2022 (UTC)Reply

Nice find! I blocked both accounts on enwiki (they could probably use locks as well); I'll try to dig into this more when I have some more mental bandwidth available. Blablubbs (talk) 13:34, 22 July 2022 (UTC)Reply
I think SanSiro69200 (CA · xwiki · COIBot report) is them too for heavy spamming on Xavier Niel in multiple languages. MER-C 10:40, 23 July 2022 (UTC)Reply
There seem to also be some additional candidates here, here and here. Blablubbs (talk) 11:16, 23 July 2022 (UTC)Reply
I reported the user on eswiki and nominated the article for deletion. Nacaru · Talk ✉ Nacaru · Talk ✉ 21:42, 24 July 2022 (UTC)Reply
Hi @Blablubbs. You can block Louise12B (CA · xwiki · COIBot report) who created en:Steeve Khawly. See fr:Steeve Khawly history and fr:Discussion Projet:Antipub#ekonomico.fr.
Long story short (not only for Blablubbs): Ekonomico.fr is a false info website (among dozen like this one) edited by Nativiz, a company tied to Avisa Partners (which is also one of its client, but there are other ties); in this particular case, I believe those articles about Steeve Khawly have been created for another client of Nativiz, not Avisa Partners (not their methods).
You can also take a look to fr:Discussion Wikipédia:Observatoire des sources#Sites (d'infox) liés à Avisa Partners ou Nativiz, but to be fair, that's a lot to read and understand (moreover if you don't read french), and the investigation is not over. Anyway, I will let you know if I find other accounts/articles edited in other languages than French.
Best, — Jules* talk 21:38, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply
Following up fr:Discussion Projet:Antipub#Faux sites d'info liés à Avisa Partners, Nativiz, etc. led to this edit that seemed worth checking on a Kazakh dissident article, which showed that user TerryClarke (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · en) was blocked in a major sockpuppet investigation on en-wiki exactly a year ago. Could be a coincidence, but people involved in that investigation might have useful experience for the current investigation. Boud (talk) 00:07, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply
The EU Transparency Register has a list of links to old versions (like 'history' in mediawiki), from 2012 to 2022, at the top: probably rid=organisation_ID; sid=date_ID. This link I gave here is for 2 April 2020 and lists about 50 or so of Avisa Partners' clients, like Airbus, Aquafil, Atlantia, ..., Vesuvius. If someone wanted to do heavy-duty searches for past abuses of xx.Wikipedia, these lists could serve as a basis for systematic analysis.
Here's just one tiny-scale random check by me: Cruiser2015 (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · en)'s only contributions were these in 2015 on en:Lanxess (client paid 300-399,000 EUR to Avisa for EU lobbying in 2019) and were cleaned up by Jytdog (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · en) in 2017 (the advertising remained in place for two years); again, could be a coincidence: we don't have a match in years, and the one-purpose-editor hasn't come back to do any new editing. Jytdog him/herself, who cleaned up the advocacy, is indefinitely blocked, with an explanation on his/her talk page: "So... I made a very bad error in judgement, and called a person who had added raw advocacy content to WP, who is clearly deeply passionate about the topic. ... In the past, I violated the OUTING policy by posting off-WP information here. That was also a terrible error in judgement." From browsing the talk page, it sounds like Jytdog's contributions were overwhelmingly positive, especially against COI advocacy, whether or not it's all Avisa related. I'm not contesting the decision; my point is that if someone wants to (and knows how to) do a really heavy duty systematic search, it might be worth it for helping to retain Wikipedians to feel comfortable in remaining active (e.g. make people like Jytdog feel better, e.g. return to active editing, since the 12 month moratorium to request lifting the block has passed). Boud (talk) 21:13, 4 August 2022 (UTC) (clarified Boud (talk) 11:41, 5 August 2022 (UTC))Reply

Hi @Blablubbs, MER-C, Mathglot, and Boud:. Still on Avisa Partners/Nativiz, a lot of edits on en-wp from (about) 2010 to 2015: fr:Discussion Projet:Antipub#Michazzi, etc.

Starting point of investigation is Michazzi (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · en · fr), who created fr:New York Forum with 3 links from false websites used by Nativiz/Avisa (lenergiedavancer.com, metropolitaine.fr, sharknews.fr) + a "fake" blog paper.

UPE users found from there:

I also found several SPA (such as Office98 (CA · xwiki · COIBot report)) I let you check. And I didn't dig into all en-wp articles (for ex. I didn't check en:Vivendi).

Best, — Jules* talk 20:19, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply

2eduarda2 (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · en · fr) is currently author of half of the text of en:Claudio Marzocco, creating it, but while extending it, included a brief sentence on a corruption legal case (and accidentally described the subject's achievements as "notorious", a mistranslation from « notoire » :), unintentionally violating BLP); if s/he is a paid editor, then it's with some subtlety. I added a UPE tag and the same links to encourage investigation. Boud (talk) 02:13, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply

En-wp articles with suspected UPE:

— Jules* talk 13:17, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply

Part 2[edit]

Hi. We found (see there) another account related to Avisa Partners, Mujibvisa (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · en · fr). They edited fr-wp articles related to clients of Avisa Partners (Tchad and Ivory Coast leaders) and other articles, using several "sources" created by Avisa Partners/Nativiz. I'm adding UPE template on some edited articles on en-wp, but all their edits should be reviewed, and Mujibvisa should be blocked.
Best, — Jules* talk 12:14, 12 September 2022 (UTC)Reply
And another one, with more significant edits: Soulman78 (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · en). The following en-wp articles about clients of Avisa Partners (or subjects known for having been edited by Avisa Partners) received significant edits; some edits are on innocuous subjects.
Some other edits may be UPE, for example those about en:Éric Besson.
— Jules* talk 14:04, 12 September 2022 (UTC)Reply
P.-S.: it seems that Soulman75 uploaded on Commons the logo of en:Federation of Aluminium Consumers in Europe (article that I guess they created?).
Another account: Count of Monte Wiki (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · en). fr:Eranove has been edited in December 2019 by Paragonio (CA · xwiki · COIBot report · fr), an account used by 35°Nord agency, bought by Avisa Partners (see fr:Discussion Projet:Antipub#35° Nord). A few days after, Count of Monte Wiki creates en:Eranove by translating it from French.
Moreover, they removed POV-check template from en:Bouvier Affair after Soulman78 edited it. See also [10]. — Jules* talk 14:28, 12 September 2022 (UTC)Reply