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Hi. Do you know anything about User:COIBot/XWiki/ For me all these links added seem to just flow back to one central page of I am not sure whether there are different connections for different places. Before I start putting something on Talk:Spam blacklist as this being a useless set of links, I thought I would see what you knew.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:03, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

@Billinghurst: .. ... ?? what is this, proxied through I've poked:

I am curious what COIBot is analyzing there.
Note, we are edit-filter hard-blocking university proxies on en.wikipedia. That concerns people that post links on en.wikipedia while inside their university proxy where links become like these 'www-sciencedirect-com.proxy.<university>.edu' or similar. That link is utterly useless outside of that proxy (you just get a login page, no info as to where it is supposed to go), and while some links can be 'decoded' back to an original, some are basically 'library.proxy.<university>.edu/<garbagecode>' and you really have no clue what it is. Is this similar? --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 08:37, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
As I got the crap end point, and know little about the service, that was pretty much what I was asking whether you knew. (And I have no issue about the use of proxies, I have generally just left notes for people.) The enWP article has a little, and I think that it relates to having a mobile app, and clicking the link basically acts as a proxy, or the url as a faux protocol for an app. Though best guess is what I am working with here. While it may be a useful for someone on the service, it seems useless for anyone outside of the service. I suggest that we stick it up on blacklist talk, and leave it as an open discussion for a while to see who can bring what to the argument.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:31, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: I am likely to hit ‘add’ regardless ... —Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:18, 1 May 2019 (UTC)
Sure, though giving the opportunity for discussion outside of my one-eyed observations is useful. :-)  — billinghurst sDrewth 05:36, 1 May 2019 (UTC)
btw, I hit "add" a week or so ago. When someone started using Polish wikipedia via freebasics as references I thought we reached that point.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:29, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

Automating tracking backlinks[edit]

Hi. It would be really useful if we could find a means to automate some backlinks. The goose down spammer seems to whack away and they create new domains as shown at Special:WhatLinksHere/User:COIBot/LinkReports/ If there was a means to better investigate or to report on User:COIBot/LinkReports/ then things would be somewhat useful. Just thoughts.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:04, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

@Billinghurst: on IRC, ask for an 'ipreport' (I think that was the right command). --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 08:15, 7 October 2019 (UTC)
"report ip x.x.x.x" ? Pushed and looking to be sitting in the queue, will see how they go. Thanks.

Would it be possible to set "monitor ip x.x.x.x reason" so where IP is found in a generated new report that new report sits as an open report for review?  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:24, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

I have a couple of days in the end of the month to do some coding, lets start user:COIBot/Wishlist. —Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 09:00, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

Link Report[edit]

Can you do a report on additions of ? Thanks Nunabas (talk) 15:15, 25 October 2019 (UTC)

Not Beetstra but check here in a few minutes. Praxidicae (talk) 16:16, 25 October 2019 (UTC)

COIBot log files on server are big[edit]

Hi. Not sure whether it matters, however, just looking at COIBot on the server, and the syslog files are quite a size. So just mentioning.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:55, 20 November 2019 (UTC)

@Billinghurst: in the directory for each of the three bots there is a '' (you can run it by typing './'), that cuts the files down to the last ~500 lines or so. If there have been problems lately then they may contain useful information, otherwise (like now) they can just be cleared. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 11:07, 20 November 2019 (UTC)
thumbsup Yes check.svg Done  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:45, 20 November 2019 (UTC)

LIWa3, to note I acted[edit]

LiWs3 was missing from IRC channels, and got it back from console, though maybe not according to Hoyle. If it is meant to be in #wikimedia-external-links, then that didn't happen, and I am unaware of that process. It is back in its expected channel.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:53, 13 December 2019 (UTC)

I found a hole in the blacklist[edit]

Normally 4Chan's /b/ imageboard would be blocked by the blacklist (\bbags4chanel\.com\b and www\.4chan\.org/b/) but you can bypass it by using boards instead which will redirect you to the imageboard in question. I suppose it's up to you whether or not you wanna update the blacklist. --Trade (talk) 23:00, 12 February 2020 (UTC)

@Trade: basically a redirect to a blacklisted site: nobrainer, blacklist. —Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 03:59, 13 February 2020 (UTC)