Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Spam

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New Wikibot BadCitationBot[edit]

I've created a new Wikibot with the aim of checking citations for valid contents (right now it only checks for suspicious journals, social sites and weak or missing dates).

If you would like to test or contribute to it you can clone it from its git repository:

Remember to run pip -r requirements.txt

Just give it a list of articles you want checked and it will spit out information about whether it has things wrong with it. Bad date formats, suspicious journals and social media links

weberber[edit] Linksearch en (http) - meta - de - fr - simple - wikt:en - wikt:frMER-C X-wiki • Reports: Links on en - COIBot - COIBot-Local • Discussions: tracked - advanced • COIBot-Link, Local, & XWiki Reports - Wikipedia: en - fr - de • Google: searchmeta • Yahoo: backlinks • Domain:

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They only hit two articles. I've blocked the user for the name, but they may be back. - Donald Albury 18:02, 19 December 2018 (UTC)

CBS News on how to game us[edit]

This article may be a little a lot dated, and I don't want to bring it any more attention than I have to, but I'd like to bring a CBS News story about us to attention. Here's a link [1]. In essence, it's a tutorial for corporate interests to change information on our site as they see fit while deceiving editors. It is instructed in the article to first create a WP:SOCK, and then to make a few innocuous edits to gain our trust, then proceed to make faintly negative changes to the target article to throw off spam patrol, and finally to go through with censoring negative information about the brand and post positive information. A tutorial to spamming Wikipedia. Thoughts? PrussianOwl (talk) 01:02, 20 December 2018 (UTC)

While someone following that tutorial would create a lot more work for us than your average spammer, it critically fails at step 5: You've now established your sock puppet as a credible and objective source for "true" information about your company. We've gotten a lot more strict about sourcing since 2007. Some established editor asserting something and possibly backing it up with a company press release would not fly. Anyway, I'm not how this discussion is actionable. -- Scott (talk) 05:50, 28 December 2018 (UTC)
Maybe not the place but pointing out things like this benefits the less experienced of us. I came across this link [2] on the Starbucks talk page and looking at the article although I can't see any obvious bad copy hidden it is readily apparent that the article has been loaded with lots of unimportant detail as suggested in point 3 Lyndaship (talk) 10:53, 28 December 2018 (UTC)

External link/citation spamming by User:Ben Maimon[edit]

The new, single-purpose account Ben Maimon (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · blacklist hits · AbuseLog · what links to user page · count · COIBot · user page logs · x-wiki · status · Edit filter search · Google · StopForumSpam) is being used to add citations and external links to various ethics and religion related articles promoting the book/blog "Torah, Science, Rationality, and Morality", including the following links:

I have cautioned the user (Uw-spam2), and reverted some of these edits; perhaps someone else could deal with today's edits. (@Robynthehode: you might be interested in this.) ♦ J. Johnson (JJ) (talk) 21:57, 9 January 2019 (UTC)[edit]

It seems that for nearly 11 years, this company has been spamming Traffic signal preemption and just recently started at Mobile Infrared Transmitter. They have become *slightly* more low-key by changing from naming their product and talking about its lack of limitations to not directly naming their product but stating that "one GPS system that can be used for this upgrade without the extra cost" then directing the reader to their links in the EL section. Apparition11 Complaints/Mistakes 21:14, 11 January 2019 (UTC)


What seems to be one-time-use accounts are inserting links to this site. COIBot seems to have found few more entries. Could need a look at from someone more experienced at this than I. --Treetear (talk) 16:20, 16 January 2019 (UTC)