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Spam links to this site with front linked Arabic have been showing up around the site, added by numerous ips, mostly on pages that no one appears to be following.  --[[User:Peterfitzgerald|Peter]] <small><sup>[[User_talk:Peterfitzgerald|Talk]]</sup></small> 17:40, 11 May 2009 (EDT)
 
Spam links to this site with front linked Arabic have been showing up around the site, added by numerous ips, mostly on pages that no one appears to be following.  --[[User:Peterfitzgerald|Peter]] <small><sup>[[User_talk:Peterfitzgerald|Talk]]</sup></small> 17:40, 11 May 2009 (EDT)
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If reporting a problem with a domain, please write the name as site dot com instead of site.com, or you will trigger the blacklist again!


Contents

See also & archives

Removal of URL from Blacklist

Goodevening, I am writing in to ask for the url mentioned below to be removed from your blacklist, I hope this is the correct section to ask. It was added to several florida accommodation sections where the website offers villa and accommodation rentals direct from the owner. It is not an agency and so it was felt that it complied with the wikipedia regulations based on its similarity to other websites that were listed. If this is not the case then please receive our apologies and the site will not be added again. Thank you for your assistance.

Quoting Blacklist: "This URL has shown up in articles for at least a half dozen Florida cities (see Special:Contributions/90.197.99.232) and been reverted repeatedly over the past few days. As far as I can tell it doesn't meet the criteria set out in Wikitravel:Accommodation listings#Apartment listings, and the user is not responding to a message on his talk page. If the user ever responds and a resolution is reached then it should be safe to remove this from the blacklist. -- Ryan • (talk) • 18:08, 22 May 2007 (EDT) "

I've removed it for now, but please read Wikitravel:Accommodation listings#Apartment listings before re-adding this link to any articles. Apartment and other rental services must have a physical address - Wikitravel has been spammed over the years with hundreds (if not thousands) of rental agencies looking to make commissions, so the criteria laid out in the linked article are our attempt to draw a line that includes only those services that are of direct use to the majority of travelers. -- Ryan • (talk) • 14:25, 10 August 2007 (EDT)

Blacklist nominations

  • sigmahotels.com - Booking aggregator. Has been trying to replace primary hotel links (especially in Dubai with its own. I see no way they will be primary. OldPine 15:30, 23 February 2008 (EST)
  • www.whattravelwriterssay.com Spamming via Special:Contributions/Poko6648 across numerous articles. Again, I see no way the link could be within policy. OldPine 15:30, 23 February 2008 (EST)

Catch-all pattern

I added the following pattern on jamwiki.org a while back, and it seems to catch a significant amount of spam that hits that site. The pattern will block any list of ten or more URLs of the form "http://example.com http://example2.com..." that is added - as far as I can see there shouldn't be any legitimate edits that use that pattern, but spammers do it all the time. I'd like to add it here, but if it is found to block any legitimate edits please revert.

(http[s]?\://[^ \n\t\.]+\.[^ \n\t]+[ \n\t]+){10,}

-- Ryan • (talk) • 12:09, 1 March 2008 (EST)

I tweaked the pattern slightly to also ten of more URLs of the form "[1] [2]...". It doesn't catch links of the form "text text...", which is probably the next iteration that will be needed... -- Ryan • (talk) • 13:38, 16 March 2008 (EDT)


I wrote a new one ((\[https?://(\S*\.)+\S+\ .*\]\s*)|(https?://(\S*\.)+\S+\s+)){6,} to catch [http://example.com text] http://www.example.com.na [http://example.com] in any combination. Works perfectly in kregexpeditor, but for some reason it does not work on the blacklist if I look for 10 repetitions. Seems to work fine for 6 though.

--Nick 09:50, 17 March 2008 (EDT)

Great. Now I need to remove all the temporary links I have at User:DenisYurkin just in order to save anything new to my user page.

Can we exclude wikitravel.org from these banned links? --DenisYurkin 17:04, 21 March 2008 (EDT)

Hopefully that would be possible using the Wikitravel:Local spam whitelist? I confess I'm not sure how best to handle this, but you're right, it would definitely be ideal to not block wikitravel.org domain links using the (otherwise useful) catch all pattern. I'll give this a shot. --Peter Talk 17:46, 21 March 2008 (EDT)
I think that worked! --Peter Talk 17:50, 21 March 2008 (EDT)
Thanks, Peter--it works again now :-) --DenisYurkin 18:03, 21 March 2008 (EDT)
I decreased the limit to five links in a row to combat spambots that have been hitting the site this morning - if there is any collateral damage please post the page in question so that we can try to find a workaround. -- Ryan • (talk) • 11:40, 8 January 2009 (EST)

Regex search

Is there any way to do a search of wikitravel pages using regular expressions—to see what a pattern might catch? --Peter Talk 10:46, 11 March 2008 (EDT)

Try this [3], scroll to the bottom for Regular expression, add your regular expression followed by site:wikitravel.org, eg. /(a|A)(f|R)(r|R)(i|I)(c|C)(a|A)/ site:wikitravel.org will search for africa --Nick 13:31, 11 March 2008 (EDT)
I'm not sure that Exalead has worked out all the kinks of that regex search—I'm getting false positives on recent searches, and I tested that using the blacklist. --Peter Talk 18:07, 19 March 2008 (EDT)

switzerland-travel-guide dot info

I've reverted this non-official guide link from Switzerland four times now, the first time leaving a pointer to the Wikitravel:External links policy. Hopefully adding it to the blacklist will get the attention of the anon who keeps adding it, and provided there is some indication that it is understood that links to other travel guides are discouraged then this can be removed from the blacklist. -- Ryan • (talk) • 17:08, 30 March 2008 (EDT)

thepeakadventure\.com

There guys have been spamming Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Pai for ages now, so I'm blocking them until they learn to behave. Jpatokal 08:53, 26 April 2008 (EDT)


Dear Wikitravel, First of all I'm really really want to apologize on our behave that have too many the peak adventure on your website in the section of Chiangmai, Pai and Maehongson. by without knowledge and proper use and by the mistake on many point. which may be because we do many activities program tour in Chiangmai Pai and Maehongson so our computer and marketing man just put them all by not even read the article for proper use the peak adventure word in the suitable location only. So would you please give us a chance to put our "thepeakadventure" back in again so i myself as a manager will emphasize on this article very carefully and would not let it happen again.

  Regards, Mr. Pichai Saetia.   Manager.

Phone #?

Is it possible to add phone#'s to this list? If so, we should add +91 33 64603695. It's for a travel agency that relentlessly adds it to several hotel listings across some Indian pages – cacahuate talk 11:22, 6 May 2008 (EDT)

Yes, it's possible. The only problem is that it can be tough to account for all the ways they can mangle that number and still have it legible -- see [4] for what we had to do last time. Jpatokal 12:30, 6 May 2008 (EDT)
Ugh. Japanese to me – cacahuate talk 20:52, 6 May 2008 (EDT)

9[ \.\-_/]*1[ \.\-_/]*3[ \.\-_/]*3[ \.\-_/]*6[ \.\-_/]*4[ \.\-_/]*6[ \.\-_/]*[0|o|O][ \.\-_/]*3[ \.\-_/]*6[ \.\-_/]*9[ \.\-_/]*5

I've added it: 913364603695 and 9[ \.\-_/]*1[ \.\-_/]*3[ \.\-_/]*3[ \.\-_/]*6[ \.\-_/]*4[ \.\-_/]*6[ \.\-_/]*[0|o|O][ \.\-_/]*3[ \.\-_/]*6[ \.\-_/]*9[ \.\-_/]*5 --Nick 04:56, 7 May 2008 (EDT)
Oh thanks Nick, just noticed this, nice work :) I think it worked, I don't recall seeing this guy around for a while now – cacahuate talk 15:17, 27 September 2008 (EDT)

apartmentsholiday dot com

This one has been repeatedly re-added to articles despite pointers in the revert edit summary and messages on talk pages to the Wikitravel:Accommodation listings#Apartment listings guideline. See Special:Contributions/Elliottfox, Special:Contributions/189.25.14.129 and others. -- Ryan • (talk) • 11:24, 27 May 2008 (EDT)

trip2syria

Added due to continuous adding of inappropriate urls to Syria and Damascus. -- Colin 02:59, 10 June 2008 (EDT)

farmersdaughterhotel

Added farmersdaughterhotel since they just can't seem to stop spamming LA and California. Most of their links are SEOed for LA. The last one they tried to replace the official California link with their link. Since they can't stop, here's some help for them. -- Colin 03:44, 14 July 2008 (EDT)

yeah, i don't get this one... they're actually a good and popular place, not sure why they're resorting to these tactics – cacahuate talk 19:10, 27 July 2008 (EDT)

z dash index

Just as we block "display colon none" to prevent CSS-based spam, we've been hit with a few today that use "z dash index". As far as I'm aware none of our templates or any other valid edits would need this CSS parameter, so I've added it to the list, but please revert if it is found to block any legitimate edits. -- Ryan • (talk) • 22:25, 31 July 2008 (EDT)

fisheyestv dot com

An anonymous IP has three times created an advertising article for this web site, all of which were then deleted. To the anonymous user - please read Wikitravel:What is an article and Wikitravel:External links. -- Ryan • (talk) • 11:23, 27 August 2008 (EDT)

jetabroad dot com

This one has been repeatedly added to a number of pages over the past several days, with the links hidden in an out-of-place "About" section. I'm not sure about the contributor's motivation, so hopefully adding this link to the blacklist will get his or her attention. -- Ryan • (talk) • 22:40, 4 September 2008 (EDT)

Removal of URL from Blacklist | Jetabroad.com

Move from User talk:Wrh2:

Hi Ryan, I am writing this to you regarding the black listing of Jetabroad.com, and hope this is the right section.

Recently I set a team up to optimize our standing with the search engines. I was appalled to find that not only had they resorted to stupid techniques, they had ruined the quality of the information provided on Wiki Travel, by placing citations in random places throughout the destination sections. I was even more horrified that their stupidity had led us to be black listed on a reputable site, and seeing as they reported to me, it’s now my job in jeopardy. I appreciate the fact that you have removed the evidence of their brainless mistakes and ask if you could please take Jetabroad.com off the black list. I assure you that dim witted link insertion like this will not be prevalent again on my watch and I urge you to forgive me for my lack of supervision over the idiots that thought they would be quick rather than smart.

Regards, James

Link removed. -- Ryan • (talk) • 22:31, 25 September 2008 (EDT)

Subdomains and Russian Wikitravel

For some reason, when I list subdomains on the Russian blacklist, it is blocking the main domain as well. For example:

"best\-windows2005\.narad\.ru" blocks all instances of "narad.ru" (narod changed to narad to avoid blacklist problems).

Any ideas why this is happening? --Peter Talk 09:07, 23 September 2008 (EDT)

Never mind, figured out—it's on the Main List of blocked content, so I just whitelisted it. --Peter Talk 22:32, 25 September 2008 (EDT)

Porn tables

Can we blacklist strings of html code? Like this? --Peter Talk 12:38, 27 September 2008 (EDT)

Can't see why not, simply blacklisting BGCOLOR should work. I'll test. --Nick 13:16, 27 September 2008 (EDT)
I have added ([Bb][Gg][Cc][Oo][Lo][Oo][Rr].*){5,} to the spamfilter. It should block all pages that contains the word bgcolor more than 5 times --13:30, 27 September 2008 (EDT)
Great! --Peter Talk 13:52, 27 September 2008 (EDT)

Accor/Ibis Hotels Blacklist

Do we really want to blacklist this hotel group? It understand a single user has been added entries for multiple hotels, but we allow people to do it for other major hotel chains. At the moment I can't edit any entries with accor hotels, which is a considerale number --Inas 23:35, 28 September 2008 (EDT)

Agreed, it's one of the world's largest hotel chains, and should not have been added without discussion. I've un-blacklisted it. Jpatokal 11:11, 29 September 2008 (EDT)

Addition 2008-10-21

Hi. Have added ilovemud(dot)com and sport4essex(dot)com to the Blacklist as they are being repeatedly used by spammers who are only appearing by IP address. (Hence have not tried to "educate" users as suggested on the page.) Nrms 08:05, 21 October 2008 (EDT)

ya dot ru

I wonder why ya dot ru is blacklisted: I'm trying to mention these two in a talk page:

  • wow. ya .ru (all without spaces)
  • http://anatolix. ya .ru/replies.xml?item_no=2072&parent_id=2101&with_parent=1#reply-Anatolix-2101 (again, without spaces)

and it is said as blacklisted. --DenisYurkin 04:16, 25 October 2008 (EDT)

BUMP. --DenisYurkin 11:28, 11 November 2008 (EST)
For something as general as "ya dot ru" I'm not sure the spam blacklist is the best way to go, as it will cause false positives against a wide variety of URLs, such as "mya dot ru". Since there was no comment explaining the listing on this page (per recommended policy) I don't see any harm in removing it - we can always revisit later if necessary. -- Ryan • (talk) • 11:44, 11 November 2008 (EST)
So who and how can fix it? Right now I can't find in this article any regex looking like the URL I need to unblacklist. Or should I add it to whitelist? --DenisYurkin 12:53, 11 November 2008 (EST)
I think that there is a default Mediawiki blacklist in addition to the Wikitravel blacklist, and I'm guessing that's what killed it. I put ya.ru on the whitelist, so you should be good now. -- Ryan • (talk) • 13:40, 11 November 2008 (EST)
Thanks, it works now! --DenisYurkin 05:20, 14 November 2008 (EST)

navigatorind dot com

I made a good-faith effort to alert an apparent travel site promoter that this link violated Wikitravel:External links by leaving pointers to the policy in edit summaries and on the user's talk page, but when my reverts were immediately restored I added the site to the blacklist as a way of preventing these links from being added to (seemingly) dozens of India articles. I don't think the user was intentionally violating site policies, but without some confirmation from the user that he/she has read and understands the external links policy I think that this link should remain on the blacklist. -- Ryan • (talk) • 13:12, 1 November 2008 (EDT)

airporttaxicabservices dot com

This company has been extraordinarily aggressive in adding its listing to every article in the Bay Area (California) to the point where the Wikitravel:Don't tout guideline is definitely being abused. -- Ryan • (talk) • 14:07, 5 November 2008 (EST)

azul-barcelona dot com

This apartment listing site has been repeatedly added to Barcelona despite numerous comments indicating that it is not in line with Wikitravel:Accommodation listings#Apartment listings. In addition, whether by accident or by intent the editor has been removing competing listings or moving them so this listing is first in the list, clearly violating the Wikitravel:Don't tout policies. -- Ryan • (talk) • 20:44, 8 November 2008 (EST)

hiflyingcharters dot com / flyingairambulance dot com / flyhelicopterindia dot com / hospitalfamily dot com

This site has appeared in dozens of articles today, everything from small towns to India and South Asia. I left a pointer to the Wikitravel:Don't tout guidelines for the anonymous user who has been adding these links, but so far no effect. -- Ryan • (talk) • 22:21, 10 November 2008 (EST)

Note that after blacklisting the user varied the text used to get around the spam filter and has been adding additional sites. Since this appears to be a willful violation of site policies I would highly recommend NOT allowing removal of this site without very good cause. -- Ryan • (talk) • 10:32, 12 November 2008 (EST)
An annomous user deleted this entry as his/her only contribution, so I put it back here - not sure if the spammer thought removing anything from the talk page, would lift the block, or what exactly the deal is. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 15:26, 15 November 2008 (EST)

How do you remove the above url from the spam list. The above services are the leading air ambulance and aircharter services present in this part of the world. With an external link, this would be a useful information for all travellers. Why do you feel this is spam. The smaller cities information for air ambulance would be useful to the traveller visiting and meeting with an emergency medical condition or the exceptional traveller wishing to visit a small town where commercial flights do not operate.

I wonder how your individual site pages are helpful to traveller.

Thanks.

External links policy - Don't tout - information for business owners - and, oh, if you only know how much work it takes to keep this site useful for the traveller... --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 23:12, 15 November 2008 (EST)

After having been clearly pointed to the relevant guidelines this user returned again tonight. At this point I would recommend that under no circumstances should this site be removed from the spam list - they are clearly abusing Wikitravel for the purpose of advertising a business. Without knowing anything about this company other than how they have interacted here I would be extremely hesitant to recommend them to any traveler needing to hire an air ambulance. -- Ryan • (talk) • 22:56, 17 November 2008 (EST)

This user is continuing to add links to guides without any indication that he/she has read or respects Wikitravel's policies on external links and touting. "Vibha Lifesavers" and "Hi Flying Group" are apparently two more terms to be watchful for. -- Ryan • (talk) • 02:13, 23 November 2008 (EST)

a-prague dot com

Clearly not in line with Wikitravel:External links, but despite pointers the user (here and here amongst others) has continued to add and re-add it to articles throughout Europe. -- Ryan • (talk) • 10:17, 12 November 2008 (EST)

roundtheworldflights dot com and rtwflights and com

This site has been repeatedly added many, many times to Round the world flights, often replacing the airline's own sites (such as http://thegreatescapade/). I'm not convinced that this is malicious, but attempts to point the anonymous user in question to Wikitravel:Don't tout and Wikitravel:External links have failed, so until there is some acknowledgment that the user has read those policies and understands why turning the Round the world flights page into a personal advertising brochure is inappropriate I think this one should stay blacklisted. -- Ryan • (talk) • 10:53, 21 November 2008 (EST)

After being added to the spam list the user re-appeared using rtwflights dot com, a redirect to the blacklisted site. -- Ryan • (talk) • 10:32, 22 November 2008 (EST)

traverseamerica dot com

This one keeps getting re-added to Central America and South America. The anonymous user in question has been reverting the removal of these links, so I'm adding it to the spam list in the hopes that this will be a way to get him/her to read Wikitravel:External links to understand why this particular link is not appropriate. -- Ryan • (talk) • 11:45, 24 November 2008 (EST)

trekexchange dot com

I'm having no luck getting this user to notice the notes I've left on his/her talk page and in revert summaries, so hopefully the spam list will work. Linking to audio tours is frowned upon according to Wikitravel:External links, so while it might be a great site, Trek Exchange is not appropriate for listing on Wikitravel. I don't think this site needs to stay blacklisted, but until we've made the user in question aware of our policies the blacklist seems like the best way of preventing him/her from wasting his/her time adding more links. -- Ryan • (talk) • 00:26, 1 December 2008 (EST)

I've also added locationbasedcontent dot com as the same user is now adding audio tour links for that site. -- Ryan • (talk) • 00:55, 1 December 2008 (EST)
The user in question contacted me via Wikitravel email and has indicated that he/she understands that links to audio tours are frowned upon, so I'm removing these links from the blacklist. -- Ryan • (talk) • 00:39, 2 December 2008 (EST)

World of Warcraft

I added a couple of terms to try and stop what I believe is a spambot which has been spamming links primarily to mmoinn dot com across multiple language versions. --Peter Talk 03:20, 13 December 2008 (EST)

Baligotours

...aka User:125.162.161.97 has been blacklisted for repeated spamming of Bali articles. Jpatokal 07:41, 13 December 2008 (EST)

Plus their phone number (+61-81) 33753 6464, which they're sneaking into hotel listings. Jpatokal 03:05, 14 December 2008 (EST)

...joes (& spam list trimming)

So this is the second problem I've had with Joe... I can't add trader joes website, and now can't add Hale'iwa Joe's website... spam filter is blocking... i tried adding to the whitelist... and other thoughts? – cacahuate talk 17:04, 14 December 2008 (EST)

Just remove it. I think we should actually have a process in place to clean up the blacklist every now and then, because many of the hit-and-run spammers never come back, and having too big a blacklist causes collateral damage. Jpatokal 21:57, 14 December 2008 (EST)
Agree with Jani. If no one objects I think we should take a stab at trimming the list significantly, and anything that turns up from a spambot can always be blacklisted again later. I'd recommend leaving anything that's on this talk page, and the obvious ones (like the porn and drug patterns) but trimming others. -- Ryan • (talk) • 22:01, 14 December 2008 (EST)
I've trimmed those URLs that appear to be spambot-related that start with a number or the letter "a". If there is an uptick in spam please revert, otherwise it might be worthwhile doing a bit more housekeeping in the coming days. -- Ryan • (talk) • 23:57, 14 December 2008 (EST)
I put "© 20\d\d" back - my guess is that's less anti-spam than anti-pasting-copyright-notices, which has some value in catching particularly blatant copyvio additions. -- Dguillaime 00:04, 15 December 2008 (EST)
Thanks, I didn't look at that one closely enough and misinterpreted the "d"s to be letters instead of regular expressions. Probably a good example of why these expressions should be explained on the talk page, thus giving a more permanent record of why they were added... -- Ryan • (talk) • 00:14, 15 December 2008 (EST)
I don't see anything on here that says "joe" though, and Safari doesn't return any results when I search the blacklist, which is why I'm confused – cacahuate talk 00:25, 15 December 2008 (EST)
Have a look at Wikitravel:Spam filter which gives some details on how the two blacklists work. The Wikitravel:Local spam whitelist allows URLs that are being blocked by the default Mediawiki spam blacklist. In this case, it appears that you have to add the exact pattern on the Mediawiki blacklist to the whitelist to allow it. I've added "joes\.com" to the whitelist, and traderjoes.com should now work as expected. -- Ryan • (talk) • 00:31, 15 December 2008 (EST)
Old URLs trimmed through "h" now. As always, if a spambot returns that uses any of these patterns please re-add them to the blacklist. -- Ryan • (talk) • 16:40, 20 December 2008 (EST)
I've completely trimmed the list at this point to remove old patterns that weren't listed on this talk page. -- Ryan • (talk) • 11:52, 1 January 2009 (EST)

waytostay dot com

This site is apparently an apartment rental aggregator based in the UK. Their business does not appear to be in compliance with Wikitravel:Accommodation listings#Apartment listings (local rentals, local address, address listed on web site), but despite repeated attempts to point them to that policy they continue to spam articles ranging from Barcelona to Florence to Madrid (and others). The spam list seems like a last resort to avoid a proliferation of their ads on this site. -- Ryan • (talk) • 15:31, 21 December 2008 (EST)

ewdm dot net

An anonymous user changed a significant number of URLs for El Nido to point to ewdm dot net. A bit of googling turns up a number of tripadvisor forum postings that accuse this site of some very sketchy behavior, so I've blacklisted the URL. See [5] for one such discussion thread. -- Ryan • (talk) • 21:28, 29 December 2008 (EST)

The comment below moved from User:Wrh2:
Attention to Mr Ryan Holliday
Please remove your post referring to us and listing us as spam we are a legitimate service and have had problems with competitors adding links to our site with inappropriate information including the trip adviser link you provided which clearly exposes the culprits staff at marina garden resort who after being declined space on our site took under hand measures, involving slander and self promotion.
Trip adviser staff and other web masters are in the process or removing slanderous posts about us now, please take the time to look closely before listing some one as spam as it effects the lively hoods of real people with real jobs.
Yours Kim admin ewdm dot net —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 121.1.18.241 (talkcontribs)
The explanation above fails to explain why at one point a significant number of the links on the El Nido article were changed to point at the site above - see [6]. Based on questions raised on other web sites and past abuses on Wikitravel I'm not sure that the site above should be removed from the blacklist, although you're welcome to provide any additional information that might help clarify the situation. -- Ryan • (talk) • 20:16, 3 March 2009 (EST)
Indeed, and the current editing pattern isn't exactly encouraging to that end, you might want to read up on some Wiki etiquette --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 20:20, 3 March 2009 (EST)

falasteen

For many weeks now an anonymous user has been turning up, and without discussion changing significant information on articles related to Israel and Palestinian issues, including such basic data as capital cities (see [7] for one such example). Wikitravel:Be fair#Political disputes is fairly clear on how politically-motivated edits SHOULD be handled, so hopefully adding terms like the one above will at least slow the user down a bit. -- Ryan • (talk) • 17:24, 1 January 2009 (EST)

inugg dot com

This site has turned up in a few places lately. Hopefully it can be de-listed once the current craze for these wacky boots subsides. -- Ryan • (talk) • 22:01, 5 January 2009 (EST)

removal romantica tours dot com for spam list

Hi Ryan, I am writing this to you regarding the black listing of romantica tours dot com I recently hired a company to optimize our website and improve our ranking with the search engines. By browsing the internet I find out they used unethical techniques, and one of them was to add content on Wiki Travel without my permission in various sections related to Italy. I was horrified that their stupidity had led us to be black listed on this reputable site. I proud myself to have created a company based on good and ethical practice in growing its business and I ask if you could please take romantica tours dot com off the black list. I assure you that our link will not be associated again with any content on the website and please forgive me for my lack of supervision. Thank you and best regard, Aldo


Forgive me my bluntness, but it very much seems like you've just reused arguments from the Removal of URL from Blacklist | Jetabroad.com section above. Doesn't seem very convincing to me. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 23:44, 25 January 2009 (EST)
For the record a search shows that the links in question has been added inside hotel listings, so when you click the link behind a hotel name, expecting to get the hotel website, you are taken directly to Romantica Tours front page.
I'm willing to assume good faith and remove anybody from the blacklist on sincere request... once. But if they get busted again, then it's time to throw away the key. Jpatokal 01:01, 26 January 2009 (EST)
A sincere request might be accompanied by a willingness to go through and remove links to their site on the numerous pages that still contain it :) – cacahuate talk 02:27, 26 January 2009 (EST)

saultseller dot com

Keeps redirecting all listings to this site. Readds despite reversions by mulitple people over many weeks. --Inas 07:11, 29 January 2009 (EST)

I'm getting sick of him too. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 07:29, 29 January 2009 (EST)

Schmarhammergold

I've added this one to prevent a certain videogame gold farming guild from continuing to add spam pages to Wikitravel like this.[8] I've seen this particular spam for what seems like a good year on Shared, and it seems to be rearing its ugly head especially now, both on shared and :en. And I can't think of a possible good reason to use this term in our guides. --Peter Talk 03:47, 4 February 2009 (EST)

geogad dot com

An anonymous user has been adding (and re-adding) links to this audio tour site. Edit history has been used to try to get the user's attention by providing links to Wikitravel:External links#What not to link to ("In particular, avoid links to other travel guides, including audio guides and audio tours.") but to no avail. If the user in question disagrees with current policy please discuss on Wikitravel talk:External links/Audio guides. -- Ryan • (talk) • 14:31, 3 February 2009 (EST)

Looks like we've succeeded in engaging this user in discussion, so I've removed the site from the blacklist. -- Ryan • (talk) • 15:18, 3 February 2009 (EST)

wowphilippinestravelagency dot com

I've provided numerous pointers in edit summaries and on User talk:Wowphilippines as to why a list of external links on the Boracay article is inappropriate, but my edits have been reverted six times now without comment, so hopefully the spam list will be a more effective tool. -- Ryan • (talk) • 10:45, 4 February 2009 (EST)

I've also added boracayvacationpackages dot com. -- Ryan • (talk) • 22:43, 4 February 2009 (EST)
...and several other URLs starting with "boracay". Hopefully we'll get the anon's attention. -- Ryan • (talk) • 10:14, 6 February 2009 (EST)

Parisforrent dot com

Keeps recreating page, despite several deletions with edit summary, which is displayed fairly prominent when you try to recreate a deleted page --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 14:35, 4 February 2009 (EST)

Hi Stefan, I don't exactly understand what was wrong with my tentative posting (did it 3 times, thought it was a bug with my proxy). Could you please explain me why parisforrent dot com could not be mentionned in this directory, I tought it was just on spot, totally compliant with the policy and the posting was pretty clear and informative. Thanks, Xavier
Hi Xavier. An external link from Wikitravel to this site is likely against the policy consensus. See Wikitravel:External links. Wikitravel is not a directory, but a travel guide. It aims to put travelers in direct contant with any acccommodation providers in the destination, and does not generally allow consolidators, and similar. (An exception to this is sometimes made for local agent with a local address, where an apartment is placed with local lessor). If after reading the policy, you still think a listing for your site is appropriate, please discuss. I hope you can find some travel information to share on some destinations, Paris or otherwise. --Inas 23:34, 8 February 2009 (EST)
See also Wikitravel:Accommodation listings#Apartment listings. Rental sites that don't meet those conditions are generally reverted as we tend to get inundated with those links - further reasoning behind the current policy can be found on the Wikitravel talk:Accommodation listings#Apartment rentals. -- Ryan • (talk) • 00:55, 9 February 2009 (EST)

Hi All, thanks a lot for these useful explanations. I was a little lost, and didn't understand why my tentative listing kept disapearing without any explanation.I thought it was a kind of bug... I have read carefully the policy links you refered at and I still think that ParisForrent is perfectly legit and wikitravel policy compliant. We are an "real" agency, focused only on Paris vacation rentals with more than 10 years of business history. We do have an physical address, both in the US and in Paris and most of the apartement we offer belongs to us directly. I would really appreciate if somebody could review our website and explain to me why we are less relevant than the other listed in the Paris Sleep section. In any case, could you please take us off the "blacklist" because it is bad for our reputation and could impact our google ranking, something that would be totally unfair. I won't of course try again to publish us if you decide that we should not be there, even I don't realy understand why... Thanks for your help! Xavier

I've removed the listing from the blacklist. I don't have time at the moment to review your site, but hopefully someone else can take a look and suggest how you might be able to integrate it into Wikitravel. At a minimum you can create a user page and identify yourself and your site there. See also Wikitravel:Welcome, business owners for helpful info. -- Ryan • (talk) • 13:49, 9 February 2009 (EST)
In general, agencies are outside policy. If you run a tour, thats okay. If you are an agent for a tour, it is usually not. If you run a hotel, that okay, if you are an agent for one, it is usually not. Apartments get a little hazy, because often an apartment cannot be let individually, because the owner only rents through an agent. This is the basis for policy. Your site only accepts payment in US$, it only gives a US phone number, it doesn't give a local address in Paris to pick up keys etc. If this site were allowed it would be difficult not to allow any apartment consolidator. I think it lies outside the policy. --Inas 17:58, 9 February 2009 (EST)

User Talk Page Spam

I have noticed common spam text on several user talk pages. I have blocked a number of spam terms that appeared on the following pages: User talk:Harcourt, User talk:Bartholomew, User talk:Beaverbr - Huttite 04:19, 10 February 2009 (EST)

Also User talk:Huggins and User talk:JohnAnselm - Huttite 04:55, 10 February 2009 (EST)

Lost Paddle Rafting

lostpaddlerafting dot com seems to be a legitimate business, but despite requests in edit comments and on user talk pages the site has been added to everything from unrelated Colorado cities like Denver to the USA article, most recently using the edit comment "grammatical", apparently in an effort to disguise the change. There are plenty of rafting outfits in the Rockies to choose from, so I don't think it hurts us to blacklist this overly-aggressive operator. To the editor who has been adding these listings: please read Wikitravel:Don't tout, which outlines the policies for listing a business on Wikitravel. -- Ryan • (talk) • 22:13, 10 April 2007 (EDT)

The message below copied from User talk:Wrh2:
Hi Ryan! I apologize for posting multiple listings for my web on wiki-travel. I was so excited to discover this site I guess I got carried away with posting it to what I believed to be relevant categories. If you could please remove my site www.lostpaddlerafting dot com from the blacklist I will repost it only in the city I am located. Or, can I place it under Colorado since we operate through-out the state? Please let me know where you think it might be most appropriate and I'll place it only once. Thanks! jwick

p.s. I had to write out dot com as I am still black listed:)

I've removed this site from the blacklist, let's see how things go. -- Ryan • (talk) • 13:29, 2 May 2007 (EDT)
This site appeared again today in the Colorado article... I've reverted the listing, but if problems persist then it might be worth reconsidering the blacklist removal. -- Ryan • (talk) • 13:07, 20 February 2009 (EST)

putinbayreservations dot com

A very persistent anonymous editor has been changing URLs for Put-in-Bay hotels to point to this bucket site, and despite good faith efforts to discuss why this violates Wikitravel:External links continues to revert changes. If this site really is the preferred site for the hotels in questions it is mentioned NO WHERE on those hotel's web sites which seems very suspicious, so I'm adding it to the blacklist to prevent further changes. -- Ryan • (talk) • 00:05, 23 February 2009 (EST)

www bbvaticanstpeter dot com

Tampering with his listing, recapitalizing, and moving to top of an alphabetical list, despite a warning. Maybe this will get his attention - hardline stance on Rome since it's spectacularly prone to these things. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 18:14, 1 March 2009 (EST)

Well, after repeated warning the owner is still at it, but how does he add his link after it has been blacklisted?`--Stefan (sertmann) Talk 09:07, 10 March 2009 (EDT)
The blacklist expression had a space in it. Fixed now. -- Ryan • (talk) • 09:22, 10 March 2009 (EDT)

Yabancı dil

An anonymous user has been repeatedly adding a page called Yabancı dil which includes the phrase Yabancı dil. The content is in turkish and appears to be an English language school advertisement and a copy vio. I added Yabancı?dil to the spam filter in the hope that it would work. - Huttite 06:26, 11 March 2009 (EDT)

The previous pattern made this page and the VFD page un-editable, so I've replaced it with "evrekaegitim dot com", which is the URL that was added on the page in question. -- Ryan • (talk) • 08:28, 11 March 2009 (EDT)

Runesca*pe

Strange adverts/spam for gold collecting and wood chopping for some crappy game called Runesca*pe keep popping up, over a very long term. I can't think of any appropriate use of the word on our site, so I've blacklisted it. --Peter Talk 01:58, 15 March 2009 (EDT)

X mas?

Any reason X mas is on this list? I couldn't edit Austin because of it. I suppose I could change the wording there, but forcing usage is not a good reason for something to be on this list. --Jonboy 10:49, 15 March 2009 (EDT)

dailyistanbultours dot com

Added to stop an absolute flood of linkspam from an anonymous user (for example, [9]) going onto every page between Istanbul districts and the top-level Asia article [10]. - Dguillaime 19:26, 21 March 2009 (EDT)

On this topic, shouldn't it already be impossible to add so many external links in this format? Is there something wrong with the blacklist? Or is there something in this pattern that we are not catching? --Peter Talk 19:50, 21 March 2009 (EDT)
The pattern won't catch bulleted lists like that - it only works if all the URLs are added on one single line, without additional characters between them. Multi-line regular expressions aren't commonly supported, so I'm not sure if there's an easy fix for MediaWiki. - Dguillaime 20:08, 21 March 2009 (EDT)

rajasthan-holiday-tour dot com

This link, along with text copied verbatim from other web sites (see shared:Copyleft#Can I copy text to Wikitravel from other sites? for why that's bad) has been appearing all over the site and many times within the same articles (see Wikitravel:Don't tout and Wikitravel:External links). If the anonymous user who is adding these links reads this and agrees to stop spamming then the blacklist listing can be removed. -- Ryan • (talk) • 08:56, 24 March 2009 (EDT)

golfclub2000

After link spamming us for the n'th time, despite good efforts to teach the shop better manners, I think it's time for a blacklisting. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 22:50, 24 March 2009 (EDT)

He's now touting handbagwholesale8. Added -- Colin 04:15, 30 March 2009 (EDT)

Noibaitaxi

Ryan tried serveral times to communicate with this user, who is linkspamming our guides in Vietnam with the above domain - as far as I can gather this resulted in the creation of a different account , not the way forward - so blacklisting. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 11:06, 7 April 2009 (EDT)

Blacklist error update

The default text in MediaWiki:Spamprotectiontext was quite uninformative, so I tried to make it a little more user-friendly. Irony of the day: since the message doesn't support MediaWiki markup, I had to write it in HTML, but my first attempt was rejected by the spam filter due to the a href format link... Jpatokal 00:52, 8 April 2009 (EDT)

Help catching new instances of old spamming trick

Can anyone figure out how to update this expression:

http\:\/\/www\.message_([a-z]){5,}\.com

To also catch instances like

http://www.message_cac4ttrvar dot com/
http://www.message_acerricc4 dot com/

Thanks - --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 12:52, 9 April 2009 (EDT)

Changed [a-z] into [0-9a-z], which catches the numbers as well. Jpatokal 00:30, 10 April 2009 (EDT)

Graffiti research project

This project has left a few hundred kilobytes of encrypted data in new articles today (most recently Owens), from multiple IP addresses. The FAQ on their site is notably lacking in any way to request they knock it off, so I've added a pattern to block their bot. However, it does have an end date of June 1st, 2009, so at that point the pattern ("The data below is posted by...") could be removed. - Dguillaime 23:44, 10 April 2009 (EDT)

China.com

For some reason, urls ending at china .com are blacklisted, which eg hits http://www.puppetchina .com (which is the official home page for a theater in Beijing). Is this filter needed?--ClausHansen 04:41, 20 April 2009 (EDT)

Huh, the mainlist [11] has
china\.com
blacklisted, but I would not have thought that would block all urls ending in that expression. In any rate, I have added it to the Wikitravel:Local spam whitelist, so the url above will not get caught by the filter. --Peter Talk 13:01, 20 April 2009 (EDT)

Dhakaholidays dot com

This fine fellow was asked to stop, after having his spam reverted throughout the day, but instead he thought it would be productive to just step things up and spam page creations at high volume. --Peter Talk 03:47, 27 April 2009 (EDT)

Spammer is back tonight and created a page with the name that I added to the blacklist. Can people create pages that contain blacklisted terms? Or did I do something wrong? --Peter Talk 02:28, 28 April 2009 (EDT)
The blacklist does not extend to article names, but these tend to get speedied within minutes anyway. Jpatokal 06:10, 28 April 2009 (EDT)

topleveltour dot com

User has been duly warned, but shows no inclination to stop. On top of that, the spammer is leaving goofy "wikitravel welcomes business owners" messages in articles [12] and spammed across the pages of those who are reverting his edits. --Peter Talk 19:03, 28 April 2009 (EDT)

Also trying to delete this section as 125.254.180.199. - Dguillaime 21:34, 28 April 2009 (EDT)
What's it?

I edited Guilin and Yangshuo sections according the rules of wikitravel. And do give the right contact information of certain services which have no booking information. They are ALL CORRECT CONTACT INFORMATION NOT SPAM! I don't know why people detele my work and even block my friend's site link. As for the warn, I didn't get the message until this morning.

Please give me specific reasons not show me some links to some pages because I already wiki business pages many times these days.

Thank you!

I want to claim again that all the information are NOT SPAM. Many travelvers have been getting the services from the certain contact information which I edited. I don't know why Peter and Gorilla think they are spam. If they really think it is spam please give me the reason. I left messages in their discuss pages asking for reasons but no reply. :-( —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 65.49.2.170 (talkcontribs)

Start with Wikitravel:Activity listings#Tour listings. In particular, "In general, if a traveler could fulfill the substance of the tour on their own, the tour should not be listed on Wikitravel." Jpatokal 10:31, 29 April 2009 (EDT)

Thank you very much, Jpatokal. eventually I found the problems in the pages which you left me. What should I do now if I want to put back the agency's link? I can delete all the other irrevlent information which I edited before by myself and I will help you guys to clean wikitravel in the future. Please help me get of out it. It hurts the search engine rank badly:-( Thank you!

I have removed the domain from the blacklist, as it has served its purpose. Bear in mind, that this list isn't just for spam, but also for domains that are repeatedly added to articles in breach of policy. Since you are now engaged with the discussion, and have agreed not to re-add the domain, I have removed it from the list. It can be re-added should any issues rearise. Thanks. --Inas 23:48, 29 April 2009 (EDT)


Thank you so much, Inas!!! I am going to regiest an account as business owner. And then I will delete the irrevlent information which I have edited and add back the agency link and only use one sentence to discribe according the rules of wikitravel welcome business owner, don't tout and agency listing policy. In the future I will try my best to clean the pages. Thank you again!

If you add the link again, I will re-add it to the blacklist, as you have clearly been told that your link is not acceptable per policy. I think you already realize this, though... --Peter Talk 01:27, 30 April 2009 (EDT)

Why can't I add the agency link back? Which policy? I have been studying wikitravel policies these days. In this page http://wikitravel.org/en/Wikitravel:Activity_listings it says if the tour operator meet the certain conditions it is okay to list. The conditions are 1.The operator must have a "real world" office with a phone number and address. 2.Do not list tour operators that act as a booking agent or travel-planner for the traveler—tour agencies should offer something as a supplement, rather than a replacement for Wikitravel guides. Listed tours should count as an activity available at a destination (e.g., a helicopter tour of a city, or a camel expedition into the Sahara). 3.Do not list resellers of tours, only list the actual tour operators. 4.Always list tour agencies if they are requisite to visit a certain area. Examples include tours required by law (e.g., Panmunjeom) and tours required due to exceptional danger (e.g., war zones and extreme environments such as the Amazon, Antarctica, Space, etc).

Is there anything that I miss? I don't want to be again the rules again. Thx!

Your question has been answered many times, in many places on Wikitravel. But for completeness, I will answer it again here. Wikitravel aims to put travellers in direct contact with tour operators, who add substantial value at a destination. Agents for tour operators cannot be listed. At this point, I would suggest that you do not add the listing back, but if you believe that you have a complying listing, that you discuss it first on the talk page of the relevant article(s). See Wikitravel:Activity listings#Tour listings and Wikitravel:External links --Inas 02:06, 30 April 2009 (EDT)

Hi, there! I already read the two links above again. However, I still think I have the right to put it back:-) Because 1. as business owners, my friend and I own Top Level Tour; 2. Top Level Tour is NOT agency for any tour operators. We have our own tourguides, cars, offices and we offer the final services to travelers directly without any agency. Our head office is just 5mins' walk from train station and thousands of travelers have joined our tours; 3.if needed you can leave an email add for me here then I can email you our license as a qualificated tour operator in China. But no worries, I won't edit it back until I can show you that Top Level Tour is NOT tout. Thank you! Lily in Guilin, China

Stamboul ([[::User talk:Stamboul|talk]], [[::Special:Contributions/Stamboul|contribs]]), apparently affiliated with Top Level Tour because he added their details to the North Korea page, has now deleted all tour operators there twice. This looks like bad faith editing to me...
Also, Top Level Tour's North Korea FAQ is plagiarized word for word from the original by Koryo Tours. Jpatokal 12:46, 30 April 2009 (EDT)

I am not in charge of North Korea part in Top Level Tour but I think my colleage already put that in order in the page. I dont know much about it but in Guilin and Yangshuo parts I have admitted that at the time we didn't know the rules of wikitravel we made a lot of mistakes. However, we have been studying wikitravel rules these days and after our domain was got out of the blocklist we really know how to behave. We have promise not to delete other's information and won't tout in our information. Our offices are in Yangshuo and Guilin. We are local tour operator of the area. I have proved that the qualifications that why we can list in tour list in Guilin and Yangshuo area. Thank you! Lily

As I have got some suggestions from here and my talk page, I think it would be better talk about our situation in the revalent disscussion pages-Yangshuo(http://wikitravel.org/en/Talk:Yangshuo) and Guilin(http://wikitravel.org/en/Talk:Guilin) sections instead of here. See you guys there! Lily

Top Level Tour want to say thank you to everyone who has helped us and given us good suggestions! Top Level Tour-Lily in Guilin, China

Hello

I am a new user on Wikitravel. I am planning to make myself an account. I already tried to eddit one page. I wanted to add the link to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Pyongaeng, but it said that it was blocked by spam filter. Please help, thank you. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 173.52.172.90 (talkcontribs)

I tested Pyongyang, and don't see any problems. In which case there must be a problem with the terms you are adding—would you please post here exactly what you are trying to add. If the blacklist stops that, check the top grey box, which should tell you exactly what is being blocked. Then convey here what the problem is. --Peter Talk 23:54, 29 April 2009 (EDT)

Talk:Crewing

I am trying to add a link to this page: http://wikitravel.org/en/Talk:Crewing and am getting blocked. The link I am trying to add is extremely relevant to the post. It is latitude38 dot com/crewlist/Crew.html This is a primary site.

The spam filter was activated by the long unbroken list of external links. I don't see any reason for us to keep that list of links, so I have removed it. --Peter Talk 16:04, 30 April 2009 (EDT)

msryat dot org

Arabic-language site that's been added in blocks of four URLs by an anonymous user to numerous unrelated articles. Not a language I read, but no apparent value on :en. - Dguillaime 21:51, 1 May 2009 (EDT)

golden hyphen flower dot co dot id

Hotel spammer keeps recreating a page for this hotel, immediately following deletion, despite several requests to stop. --Peter Talk 03:51, 7 May 2009 (EDT)

citybaseapartments dot com

Have added this as a temp measure. Adding to many pages despite attempt to educate. Nrms 07:24, 11 May 2009 (EDT)

topicss dot com

Spam links to this site with front linked Arabic have been showing up around the site, added by numerous ips, mostly on pages that no one appears to be following. --Peter Talk 17:40, 11 May 2009 (EDT)

Problem

I am having problems in giving a message to Peter Fitzgerald. It says something about an external link, but I didn't do anything with an external link, I don't understand that. Help.Daniel Talk