[Foundation-l] Spam-blacklist for URLs (on Wikimedia sites or otherwise)

James Hare messedrocker at gmail.com
Thu Jan 11 11:11:31 UTC 2007

Well, I know there are local Spam Whitelists, so I guess the two go

On 1/11/07, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> At present, Wikimedia operates a global spam URL blacklist, which
> lives on meta: and is editable only by Meta admins, which blocks URLs
> added to it from being added to any page.
> en:wp is also getting an imperial arseload of spammers. The people on
> the front lines, in the
> #wikipedia-spam and #wikipedia-spam-t channels, are finding things
> getting very difficult.
> At present, getting a URL added requires finding a meta admin, or
> adding it to [[m:Talk:Spam blacklist]] and hoping someone will get to
> it soon. And of course meta's admin requirements are very different to
> those on other wikis.
> Obviously, the present blacklist works globally because if a spam URL
> shouldn't be on one wiki, then it shouldn't be on the others either.
> But it would be nice to have a wiki-specific list as well as the
> global list. The upside of this would be being able to respond to spam
> much more quickly. The downside is consolidating the lists regularly
> and sensibly, which may turn out to be a damn nuisance - regularly is
> easy, sensibly requires thinking about every URL added and whether a
> local admin has been overenthusiastic in dealing with a spam problem
> when a temporary block would have sufficed.
> In the long-term, with our growing problems with spam, it's probably
> not very efficient to keep
> throwing the task onto a few meta admins, and to continually go
> through a two-step process to get sites added to it.
> So ...
> wikitech-l: Does this sound workable in our present setup, per
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/SpamBlacklist_Documentation ?
> foundation-l: How would we make the local <-> global thing workable?
> There's an automatic updater for trusted shared lists ... would that
> be enough?
> - d.
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