Wikiproject:Antispam

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Welcome to the
Wikiproject:Antispam

Welcome! We coordinate reports, investigations and actions concerning cross-wiki spam, advertising and undisclosed paid editing.


What do you want to do?

Learn about our project
Report cross-wiki spam
Find an antispam contact

Become an antispam contact in your community

What we do

Undisclosed paid editing and other types of (self-)promotion are a form of POV-pushing with the goal of promoting or publicising an entity (usually people, companies, or products) for the purposes of marketing, "reputation management", or search-engine optimisation.

Regularly, these efforts span across multiple Wikimedia projects; historically, lack of coordination has lead to inefficient processes with duplicated efforts across individual projects. Wikiproject Antispam is intended to provide a hub for coordination in cross-wiki spam cases. The basic process is:

  • investigate the suspected accounts
  • file sockpuppet investigations or CheckUser requests where needed
  • block the accounts
  • alert the communities of all affected wikis and revert or delete the content where possible
  • monitor for returning accounts long-term

What we cannot handle:

  • promotional spam which involves only one wiki: please contact local administrators
  • spambots and cross-wiki vandalism: Please make reports at Steward requests/Global
  • severe harassment: please contact Trust and Safety
Contacts by Wikimedia project

Below is a list of Wikipedians who are willing to help in cases of cross-wiki spam.

Commons
  • AFBorchert – contact me anywhere in English or German. Sysop at Commons & de-wp, member of VRT.
  • DarwIn – contact me on meta (preferred), or pt-wp. Sysop in pt-wp & Commons, global renamer & member of VRTS team. Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.
  • Minorax  – contact me on meta or commons. Global sysop and sysop at commons, wikidata.
ca-wp
de-wp
  • AFBorchert – contact me anywhere in English or German. Sysop at de-wp & Commons, member of VRT.
  • Itti  – contact me on de-wp in English, German or French (though I will probably not reply in French, sorry); de-wp sysop
  • MBq  – de-N, en-3, fr-2. Use Wiki-mail by preference since I'm sometimes offline for extended periods; de-wp sysop
  • Millbart – contact me on de-wp or en-wp in English, German or French (though I will probably not reply in French, sorry)
es-wp
  • MarioGom – contact me on en-wp (preferred), es-wp or meta.
  • Nacaru – es-N, en-4, fr-4. Contact me through es-wp for a quicker answer.
en-wp
  • Blablubbs – contact me on any talk page of your choosing or ping me; de/en/fr/gsw; enwiki SPI clerk, experience with open proxy and VPN detection
  • Beetstra – en.wp and meta admin, maintainer of User:COIBot and User:LiWa3 and the databases behind them (link additions). Contact me here or on en.wp.
  • Celestina007 – Please go here to leave me a message. If you come across any dubious looking Nigeria-related article(s), I’m an expert at detecting UPE especially when it concerns Nigerian articles.
  • Firefly – best reached at my en-wp talk page. Bot operator on enwiki, know various programming languages, familiar with networking and proxies.
  • GeneralNotability – enwiki sysop/abusefilter maintainer/SPI clerk/open proxy blocker, metawiki sysop (can maintain global abuse filters, too). en-N/es-1, prefer contact on my meta or enwiki talk pages.
  • Giraffer – contact me on any talk page, but preferably en-wp or meta. en-N/fr-1; I'm not a sysop but I'm willing to help clean-up what I can as a regular user
  • MarioGom – contact me on en-wp (preferred), es-wp or meta.
  • MER-C — en.wp admin, abuse filter maintainer, ad-hoc coding and SQL, please contact me on enwp talk page
  • TSventon – contact me on any talk page, but preferably en-wp or meta. (I'm not a sysop).
  • TheresNoTime – enwp admin, checkuser & oversighter. Spend a fair amount of time on the Spam/UPE Sockpuppet Investigations.
fr-wp
  • Bédévore — contact me on meta, en-wp or fr-wp; fr/en, can understand Italian; frwiki sysop
  • Jules* — ping me preferably on the meta Wikiproject talkpage, or use my meta user talkpage; fr/en; frwiki sysop, VRTS team, abusefilter editor
  • LaMèreVeille – contact me on en-wp or fr-wp
it-wp
ja-wp
  • ネイ – contact me on meta or jawiki. jawiki sysop, interface admin and abusefilter editor, global renamer. en-4, ja-4, zh-4.
  • 20041027 tatsu - contact me on any talk page. Global rollbacker.
pt-wp
  • DarwIn – contact me on meta (preferred), or pt-wp. Sysop in pt-wp & Commons, global renamer & member of VRTS team. Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.
ru-wp
simple-wp
  • Ferien – Contact me on simplewiki or anywhere that is most convenient. en-N, de-3, es-1 (simplewiki sysop)
  • Eptalon  – Contact me on simplewiki, or send me a mail; I am a checkuser, oversighter, bureaucrat and sysop on simplewiki (de-N,en-5,fr-5, es-3, ...)
tr-wp
bn-wp
  • Yahya - Contact me on bnwiki or on meta. bn.wikivoyage sysop (temporary). en-2, bn-N, bpy-2, as-1.
es-wikiversity