MediaWiki talk:Titleblacklist

Latest comment: 3 months ago by LaundryPizza03 in topic False positive match for title containing ayin ring
The following instructions were copied from mw:Extension:Title Blacklist.

The title blacklist is maintained as a system message MediaWiki:Titleblacklist.

This page consists of regular expressions, each on a separate line. For example:

Foo <autoconfirmed|noedit|errmsg=blacklisted-testpage> 
Bar #No one should create article about it

There is no need to use "^" at the beginning and "$" at the end; these are added automatically.

Each entry may also contain optional attributes, enclosed in <> and divided by |

  • autoconfirmed — only non-autoconfirmed users are unable to create/upload/move such pages
  • noedit — users are also unable to edit this page
  • casesensitive — don't ignore case when checking title for being blacklisted
  • errmsg — the name of the message that should be displayed instead of standard

When the action is blocked, one of the following messages is displayed together with the filter row (as $1): titleblacklist-forbidden-edit, titleblacklist-forbidden-move, titleblacklist-forbidden-new-account or titleblacklist-forbidden-upload. Generic filenames have their own custom error message, MediaWiki:Titleblacklist-custom-imagename.

There is also MediaWiki:Titlewhitelist and a global title blacklist.

Only administrators, page movers and template editors can override this list on all actions. When they override this list when creating or editing a page, MediaWiki:Titleblacklist-warning is displayed. Account creators can override this list on account creations only.

The username blacklist is handled at meta:Title blacklist by adding entries with the <newaccountonly> parameter.

Ahmed Al-HemrayiEdit

There have multiple attempts to create articles on Ahmed Al-Hemrayi Ahmed Alhemrayi, and other disambiguated forms of these names. There are also attempts to evade the record by the insertion of unnecessary disambiguators after the name, which will be blocked by the title blacklist. Most of these attempts are made by sockpuppets. Robert McClenon (talk) 00:37, 20 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

.*Ahmed (Al)?-?[Hh]emrayi.* — Qwerfjkltalk 20:17, 21 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The intended name appears to be primarily Ahmed Al-Hemyari/Draft:Ahmed Al-Hemyari) or alternatively Ahmed Alhemyari/Draft:Ahmed Alhemyari. I'm not sure if [Hh]emrayi has been used. I see that some salting has been done, and do wonder whether much more is required at this stage. User talk:Mr intartok, probably an early account, was 6 months ago. Intartok20 was in June, and Intartok was a few days ago. They don't currently seem to be wandering too far off-title. -- zzuuzz (talk) 21:09, 21 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The seventeen deleted hits (plus Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ahmed Alhemyari) for the wider pattern .*ahmed.*hemyari.* are here. There are none for .*ahmed.*hemrayi.*. —Cryptic 21:20, 21 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Not done for now: I'm somewhere in the realm of "get consensus"/"is this really a problem"? Two admins before this comment who haven't acted on the request yet. Izno (talk) 19:27, 4 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ronald MerkleEdit

  • Add combination of "Ronald" and "Merkle"

Articles on this person are being persistently recreated by Debianr3 and OPservator, and others. Ronald Merkle and several forms of Ronald I. Merkle have been created and deleted. Robert McClenon (talk) 05:42, 23 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

E.g. .*Ronald.*Merkle.* — Qwerfjkltalk 06:50, 23 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Will repeat what I said at RFPP that I think emasures like this will only make it harder to catch the abuse. Atac2 is not going to stop vandalizing just because we blacklist their favorite titles. -- Tamzin[cetacean needed] (she|they|xe) 06:53, 23 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Fuller thoughts at Wikipedia:Salting is usually a bad idea (also discussing title-blacklisting). -- Tamzin[cetacean needed] (she|they|xe) 19:44, 23 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hits for /.*ron.*me?rke?l.*/i. —Cryptic 23:03, 23 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What Tamzin said - I would strongly recommend we don't do this. firefly ( t · c ) 17:33, 29 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Not done for now: please establish a consensus for this alteration before using the {{edit protected}} template. Izno (talk) 19:25, 4 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I have compiled a list of all the pages, existing or deleted, that contain the anti-Mexican ethnic slur beaner — specifically, matching the regex .*[Bb]eaner.* — in the title at the Quarry, using code recycled from the Ronald Merkle request above. The results consist mostly of user talk pages, many for users blocked for vandalism or offensive usernames. Aside from Beaner itself, the only mainspace pages matching the word are:

Any thoughts, particularly pertaining to beanery? –LaundryPizza03 (d) 06:35, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Entries on the title blacklist are case-insensitive by default, which is my regex matches at Quarry always start (?i). They can be overridden to be case-sensitive, but that's usually counterproductive - most vandals determined to start a page like Draft:Why boss is a fat beaner would try Draft:WHY BOSS IS A FAT BEANER before things like Draft:Why boss is a fat b e a n e r or such. Case-sensitivity here misses BEANER'S Gourmet Coffee, User:BEANER, User talk:BEANER, User talk:BEANER101, User talk:BEANER666, User talk:BEanerWIThaBURRItOgun, and User talk:YOUNGBEANER (which we'd want it to match) and also User:Proud2BeaNerd, User talk:Proud2BeaNerd, User talk:CaribbeanErasmus, User talk:TheBeaNerd, File:BengeoBeaneRoad.jpg (which we wouldn't).
Separately, that's enough false positives in mainspace compared to the number of true positives outside userspace that I wouldn't ever consider blacklisting this myself. —Cryptic 22:27, 4 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edit request 29 September 2022Edit

Description of suggested change:


CHANGED_TEXT (talk) 00:38, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 00:46, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

False positive match for title containing ayin ringEdit

A title containing a modifier letter left half ring, used in some contexts for transliteration of Arabic, threw a false-positive match for a blacklist entry beginning with (?!(User — it is unclear which one — when I attempted to move the article Abū al‐ʿUqūl to the same title with a hyphen-minus instead of the non-ASCII hyphen. –LaundryPizza03 (d) 13:09, 29 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My tests have shown that. For example, attempting to move User:LaundryPizza03/Happy 'Ayin, al-Iktibar (with an apostrophe) to User:LaundryPizza03/Happy ʿAyin, al-Iktibar (with an ayin) failed. In the meantime, the article has been moved by WP:RM/TR and then I moved it to Abu al-'Uqul using the basic romanization, per WP:TITLESPECIALCHARACTERS. –LaundryPizza03 (d) 16:18, 29 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]