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The associated page is used by the MediaWiki Spam Blacklist extension, and lists regular expressions which cannot be used in URLs in any page in Wikimedia Foundation projects (as well as many external wikis). Any Meta administrator can edit the spam blacklist; either manually or with SBHandler. For more information on what the spam blacklist is for, and the processes used here, please see Spam blacklist/About.

Proposed additions
Please provide evidence of spamming on several wikis. Spam that only affects a single project should go to that project's local blacklist. Exceptions include malicious domains and URL redirector/shortener services. Please follow this format. Please check back after submitting your report, there could be questions regarding your request.
Proposed removals
Please check our list of requests which repeatedly get declined. Typically, we do not remove domains from the spam blacklist in response to site-owners' requests. Instead, we de-blacklist sites when trusted, high-volume editors request the use of blacklisted links because of their value in support of our projects. Please consider whether requesting whitelisting on a specific wiki for a specific use is more appropriate - that is very often the case.
Other discussion
Troubleshooting and problems - If there is an error in the blacklist (i.e. a regex error) which is causing problems, please raise the issue here.
Discussion - Meta-discussion concerning the operation of the blacklist and related pages, and communication among the spam blacklist team.
#wikimedia-external-linksconnect - Real-time IRC chat for co-ordination of activities related to maintenance of the blacklist.
There is no global whitelist, so if you are seeking a whitelisting of a url at a wiki then please address such matters via use of the respective Mediawiki talk:Spam-whitelist page at that wiki, and you should consider the use of the template {{edit protected}} or its local equivalent to get attention to your edit.

Please sign your posts with ~~~~ after your comment. This leaves a signature and timestamp so conversations are easier to follow.

Completed requests are marked as {{added}}/{{removed}} or {{declined}}, and are generally archived quickly. Additions and removals are logged · current log 2021/07.

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Proposed additionsEdit

  This section is for proposing that a website be blacklisted; add new entries at the bottom of the section, using the basic URL so that there is no link (, not Provide links demonstrating widespread spamming by multiple users on multiple wikis. Completed requests will be marked as {{added}} or {{declined}} and archived.


This is an attack/libel/hoaxing site run by the globally banned LTA GRP, and socks of GRP and his copycats often link to offensive material on this site across multiple wikis. This has been a problem for a long time now, often at simple, en, meta, pl, wikidata, and sometimes other projects. See simple:Special:Contributions/Polskajebana for a recent example of abuse. JavaHurricane 16:50, 2 July 2021 (UTC)

@JavaHurricane:   Not done This site is already blacklisted since 2012: Talk:Spam_blacklist/Archives/ (and it was also mentioned in 2020: Talk:Spam_blacklist/Archives/2020-02#Links_used_for_self-promotion_by_globally_banned_user_Projects_(aka_George_Reeves_Person)). Link additions appear to be blocked: attempt on June 18, 2021.

I can't see any of the diffs by Polskajebana, so I can't see what you refer to. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 05:20, 4 July 2021 (UTC)
@Beetstra: the current method of spam is through the edit summaries. Does the blacklist stop this way of spam? JavaHurricane 05:26, 4 July 2021 (UTC)
@JavaHurricane: Yes, it does. What I did notice on one of the socks is that they 'spam' without turning the url into a link. Maybe an aggressive global filter (and for those wikis that do not follow global filters, a local filter) would be the solution there. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 05:41, 4 July 2021 (UTC)
Thank you a lot! JavaHurricane 07:26, 4 July 2021 (UTC)
@Beetstra Special:AbuseFilter/214 is probably what you are looking for. ~~~~
User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
07:30, 5 July 2021 (UTC)
@1234qwer1234qwer4: I think that is what User:JavaHurricane is looking for, I can't see the deleted edits so I can't see what needs to be added to the filter. Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 07:33, 5 July 2021 (UTC)
@Beetstra Also, not sure how useful it was to highlight an offensive username like this (if I was a steward, I would lockhide it) by printing it in the middle of this page in bold and even creating a user summary for it. ~~~~
User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
09:24, 10 July 2021 (UTC)
@1234qwer1234qwer4: I do not know that the name is offensive, I just requested a report for the user to see if/where they actually spammed links. This is a page where occasional material is posted that is offensive (to some people), this is a page that is used to counter abuse. Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 15:39, 10 July 2021 (UTC)

  Closed   Declined no indication that there is more that can be done via the blacklist.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:17, 14 July 2021 (UTC)


Link spammed by multiple spambots. Spammed on:

No useful additions, the one that appears to be from me was a result of an edit conflict. Thanks, Pahunkat (talk) 18:40, 12 July 2021 (UTC)

  Added  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:14, 14 July 2021 (UTC)

approaching time to block IP addresses?Edit

There is an ongoing and persistent trend for gambling spam by IP domain urls. Some wikis already have blocks against IP addresses (I see 11)

I had considered that we may be able to block specifically targeted IP addresses through some editions like (IP address)/poker .../idnpoker, etc. however, anecdotally that would be well less than 50% of these posts. So I am looking for an indication of people's thoughts. I don't want to jump to this approach, and would want to have some feedback from the larger wikis, however, would like to judge opinions initially.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:11, 14 July 2021 (UTC)

interim IP domain issueEdit

  • Regex requested to be blacklisted: [pj]oker)

ip addresses with joke/pker/idn gambling indicators  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:33, 14 July 2021 (UTC)

  Added manually  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:35, 14 July 2021 (UTC)


Cross-wiki spamming since 2019 on en, ceb, de, nl, it, es, war, ja, arz, uk, no and za —Bruce1eetalk 11:29, 14 July 2021 (UTC)

  already done  — billinghurst sDrewth 05:25, 18 July 2021 (UTC)


Cross-wiki spamming by various accounts. Spammed on:

Thanks, Pahunkat (talk) 12:26, 17 July 2021 (UTC)

  already done  — billinghurst sDrewth 05:31, 18 July 2021 (UTC)

Dedicated spam wikis via CommonsEdit

Per report by Achim55 at Commons c:special:permalink/576601829.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:03, 23 July 2021 (UTC)

Billinghurst, how about \bwiki-.*\.win\b and \b.*-wiki\.win\b? Name pattern is pretty consistent. GeneralNotability (talk) 13:12, 25 July 2021 (UTC)
The first question is whether it is appropriate to block, and to block globally? Or should we let Commons blacklist. Then secondly, is there consequence of the regex rather than individually. This search sees to indicate that we have a local issue at Commons, and that it is currently being managed.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:27, 25 July 2021 (UTC)

Proposed additions (Bot reported)Edit

  This section is for domains which have been added to multiple wikis as observed by a bot.

These are automated reports, please check the records and the link thoroughly, it may report good links! For some more info, see Spam blacklist/Help#COIBot_reports. Reports will automatically be archived by the bot when they get stale (less than 5 links reported, which have not been edited in the last 7 days, and where the last editor is COIBot).

  • If the report contains links to less than 5 wikis, then only add it when it is really spam
  • Otherwise just revert the link-additions, and close the report; closed reports will be reopened when spamming continues
  • To close a report, change the LinkStatus template to closed ({{LinkStatus|closed}})
  • Please place any notes in the discussion section below the HTML comment


The LinkWatchers report domains meeting the following criteria:

  • When a user mainly adds this link, and the link has not been used too much, and this user adds the link to more than 2 wikis
  • When a user mainly adds links on one server, and links on the server have not been used too much, and this user adds the links to more than 2 wikis
  • If ALL links are added by IPs, and the link is added to more than 1 wiki
  • If a small range of IPs have a preference for this link (but it may also have been added by other users), and the link is added to more than 1 wiki.
COIBot's currently open XWiki reports
List Last update By Site IP R Last user Last link addition User Link User - Link User - Link - Wikis Link - Wikis 2021-07-25 12:25:21 COIBot R - 2070-01-01 05:00:00 0 4 0 0 2 2021-07-25 19:07:06 COIBot R - 2070-01-01 05:00:00 0 5 0 0 2 2021-07-25 12:20:14 COIBot
2070-01-01 05:00:00 14 2 2021-07-25 19:02:00 COIBot R - 2070-01-01 05:00:00 0 4 0 0 2 2021-07-25 18:58:50 COIBot R 2003:51:492D:87D7:DDDC:C16F:E9D1:BF34
Milton Ivvahzvarich
2070-01-01 05:00:00 10 5 2021-07-25 11:17:41 COIBot Raminkhan008 2070-01-01 05:00:00 13 10 0 0 2

Proposed removalsEdit

  This section is for proposing that a website be unlisted; please add new entries at the bottom of the section. Use a suitable 3rd level heading and display the domain name as per this example {{LinkSummary|}}.

Remember to provide the specific domain blacklisted, links to the articles they are used in or useful to, and arguments in favour of unlisting. Completed requests will be marked as {{removed}} or {{declined}} and archived.

See also recurring requests for repeatedly proposed (and refused) removals.


  • The addition or removal of a domain from the blacklist is not a vote; please do not bold the first words in statements.
  • This page is for the removal of domains from the global blacklist, not for removal of domains from the blacklists of individual wikis. For those requests please take your discussion to the pertinent wiki, where such requests would be made at Mediawiki talk:Spam-blacklist at that wiki. Search spamlists — remember to enter any relevant language code



Добрый день. Прошу исключить интернет-портал по гребным видам спорта "КаноэСпорт" из спам-листа, поскольку он необходим для написания статей об этом виде спорта в Русской Википедии. Вопрос об исключении сайта из ЧС неоднократно поднимался участниками РуВики [1][2]. -- 11:56, 10 July 2021 (UTC)

I would suggest that you ask for it to be whitelisted at ruWP   Defer to w:ru:Mediawiki talk:spam-whitelist; alternatively get one of the administrators from that wiki to come and request its removal. It was spammed at some point, and I am unable to tell whether it is an authoritative and reliable source.  — billinghurst sDrewth 14:09, 10 July 2021 (UTC)
@Billinghurst Noting that the links provided were exactly requests for removal (for which ru:Википедия:Изменение спам-листа is the appropriate place on ruwiki), one of which by a patroller. ~~~~
User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
16:35, 10 July 2021 (UTC)
Sorry, you mentioned the whitelist. All matters with that are still discussed at ru:Википедия:Изменение спам-листа. ~~~~
User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
16:37, 10 July 2021 (UTC)
  Comment Was also requested for the Spanish Wikipedia in 2014. ~~~~
User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
22:13, 10 July 2021 (UTC)
It was granted for esWP, I checked that prior to answering. The appropriate means to initially progress is whitelisting, and regularly is that way. The community should be asking us to remove from the global blacklist, addressing ad hoc from IP addresses is always going to be problematic. If the ruWP community is not willing to do that then what are the expectations here?  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:03, 10 July 2021 (UTC)
@1234qwer1234qwer4: so you have looked at another local ruWP page, identified that one request is a patroller and leave your comment at that? You have no personal opinion? You provide no summary or outcome of the discussion, nor why they have not locally whitelisted it? All I can assume then is that the block is not problematic. ¯\_(ツ_/¯  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:22, 14 July 2021 (UTC)


—The preceding unsigned comment was added by AshleshSawhney1234 (talk)

  not globally listed @AshleshSawhney1234:   Defer to w:en:Mediawiki talk:spam-blacklist  — billinghurst sDrewth 05:30, 18 July 2021 (UTC)


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