Steward requests/Miscellaneous/2020-08

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Hijacked domain and predatory spam

Status:    Not done




I came across repeated additions of blackwell-synergy.com on a small wiki only to find out that this domain has more than 5000 occurrences x-wiki. It was at one point in time a reputable journal which I believe merged with en:Wiley (publisher), however the domain was sniped and it is now a host of predatory supplement spam/scams. I don't know a reasonable way to solve this problem aside from someone creating a bot task xwiki to replace the url with an archived version (if possible) or remove it entirely. I'm not sure what protocol is here because I've never seen a domain with this heavy use hijacked. Apologies if this isn't the appropriate place to ask this, I honestly am not even sure where to begin. --Praxidicae (talk) 16:41, 22 October 2019 (UTC)

  • Cyberpower678, could you tell us if perhaps InternetArchiveBot can be of any help here? --Base (talk) 01:38, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Isn't there some sort of way you can use w:en:WP:AWB to do this? --Rschen7754 05:53, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
I've been unable to find a way to use AWB on more than one project simultaneously, but I suppose we could do runs on individual projects. Vermont (talk) 10:12, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
  • In the meanwhile, it's fine to blacklist this domain globally: the publisher never needs to be linked. On the English Wikipedia, if you use citation bot, the redundant URL is automatically removed; elsewhere, where the URL is not in a template or the bot is not available, using Citoid/VisualEditor with the DOI will usually produce the correct result. InternetArchiveBot is probably the most global of the relevant bots but may need some manual tweaking for the URLs outside templates perhaps. Nemo 06:42, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Started cleaning el.wiki. I'll prefer to do some by hand as in many cases I think it would be prefered to recreate the link (almost certainly in a cite template) using doi and a refgenerator as http://reftag.appspot.com/doiweb.py but this doesn't mean I think a bot solution won't be a good solution for our wikis.—Ah3kal (talk) 13:15, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Another problem is that the xwiki link tool is limited to 40 projects (top projects) and many of the smaller wikis that won't appear there and COIBot link report maxes out. Beetstra is there a way we can get a full report for all projects? Praxidicae (talk) 15:49, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
    • @Praxidicae: Full report is not really going to help you, you just have to find all existing links. Running a query on it is going to take way to much time on the server and is going to be unreadable (you would get the addition diffs .. but you don't know if it is still there). --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 16:30, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
  • I've gone ahead and created this for now so we can mark off what has been fixed. I'm hitting some of the smaller wikis just by searching alphabetically through the list of projects. Praxidicae (talk) 16:08, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Did anybody raise a blacklist request? Putting a stop to more additions would be a good idea. QuiteUnusual (talk) 16:50, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Since I was pinged, the domain has been blacklisted in IABot and I ran it on the wikis it is approved to run on. They should either have an archive URL attached to it now, or they should be marked as dead.—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 18:18, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
    • Sadly that doesn't do much, for instance in [1] the archived version is itself broken. I know it's not IABot's main aim and strength, but the URL should just be removed outright from the "cite journal"-like templates where the DOI is already filled. Nemo 19:46, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
    • Interestingly, some links to this domain were being marked as dead already in 2017. Maybe the squatting happened later. Nemo 20:07, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
      Nemo bis It happened on 10/20. Also relevant. Praxidicae (talk) 20:15, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
      Thanks! Nemo 20:52, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
    • I cleaned up manually on the Italian Wikipedia. Nemo 20:52, 23 October 2019 (UTC)
  • FYI, I am also manually fixing and noting at User:Praxidicae/DOI fix. Kind regards, — Tulsi Bhagat (contribs | talk) 06:37, 24 October 2019 (UTC)
  • We've now got a second hijacked domain, gaylesbiantimes.com Praxidicae (talk) 13:34, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

Praxidicae, could you summarise where we stand with this request, please? --Base (talk) 19:00, 19 April 2020 (UTC)

Marking as not done (closed) for thread inactivity. Feel free to make a new thread linking to this one. — regards, Revi 22:22, 4 August 2020 (UTC)

Request of global lock of ASUS motherboards

Status:    Done

@Bsadowski1: Please lock; LTA and cross-wiki abuse. - 49.144.128.19 07:10, 4 August 2020 (UTC)

@Linedwell: Anyone? - 49.144.128.19 07:23, 4 August 2020 (UTC)
  Done, Linedwell [talk] 07:27, 4 August 2020 (UTC)

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