MediaWiki talk:Titleblacklist

Latest comment: 5 days ago by Shadow of the Starlit Sky in topic Fully protected edit request 5/25/23
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.

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]

Protected edit request on 10 April 2023Edit

Please add the following entry to the title blacklist: Special talk:.* <errmsg=Titleblacklist-custom-special-discuss>. Then add the following to the title blacklist notice MediaWiki:Titleblacklist-custom-special-discuss:

|text=<big>'''This is not the talk page for the special page [[{{replace|{{FULLPAGENAME}}|Special talk:|Special:|count=1}}]]!'''</big> The talk page for this special page is located at [[{{replace|{{FULLPAGENAME}}|Special talk:|Wikipedia talk:Special:|count=1}}]].<br/>{{#ifeq:{{lc:{{BASEPAGENAME:{{#ifeq:{{replace|{{FULLPAGENAME}}|Special talk:|Special:|count=1}}|}}}}}}|{{lc:Special:BlankPage}}|This special page might be used by a [[Wikipedia:Gadgets|gadget]] or a [[Wikipedia:User script|user script]] that you have installed. If so, please contact the script owner if you notice a problem with this page.|To report a bug with this special page, please submit a bug report on [[phab:|Wikimedia Phabricator]]. It is possible that a [[Wikipedia:Gadgets|gadget]] or a [[Wikipedia:User script|user script]] that you have installed is interfering with the special page.}}<br/><small>If this is the page that you are trying to {{#ifexist:{{FULLPAGENAME}}|edit|create}}, please ask for help on the [[Project:Administrators' noticeboard|Administrators' noticeboard]] or {{submit an edit request/link|display=submit an edit request}}.</small>

I believe this is an uncontroversial entry because the Special talk: namespace does not exist, and new users might be confused where to discuss special pages or report bugs for them. A new user might assume that "Special talk:ListUsers" is the talk page for "Special:ListUsers", given Wikipedia talk:About and Talk:About are talk pages. MediaWiki does not have special talk pages and showing a notice letting them know where the actual talk page is will be helpful for new users. Aasim - Herrscher of Wikis ❄️ 17:18, 10 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I object. This is a solution in search of a problem. * Pppery * it has begun... 01:49, 17 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Awesome Aasim do you have any evidence that this is actually a problem? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 07:46, 17 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Pages with this sort of title have been deleted about a dozen times. Once even in the last decade! And I suppose there might have been moves without redirects, but those aren't as easy to look for. —Cryptic 10:07, 17 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No, wait, it's only the move target that's ridiculous to check. Still, the only move ever from this title pattern was this test in 2012. —Cryptic 10:13, 17 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Not done: No response from OP — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 13:53, 24 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Removing an entry?Edit

I don't usually mess with the blacklist, but Ticket:2023040210003924 was requesting the removal of an entry, and it seemed reasonable enough. What's the usual procedure for removing items from the blacklist? CaptainEek Edits Ho Cap'n! 21:36, 20 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unless you're going to do it yourself, or want to use the admins' noticeboard, you should probably just propose it here using an edit-request template if appropriate. -- zzuuzz (talk) 22:37, 20 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edit request May 2023Edit

Please blacklist:

  • "Object show"
  • "Inanimate Insanity"

WP:COATRACK for WP:BFDI, already blacklisted. Thanks (talk) 22:30, 28 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Not done it isn't clear what you want done. Please provide the exact text of the change you would like to make, as if you could edit the page yourself. — xaosflux Talk 14:51, 1 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Filename blacklistEdit

Hello, I am new to writing Wikipedia pages but I am not completely sure that this it the right page. I attempted to upload an image of the boyflux flag, which was named "boyflux.png" I was trying to upload this in my sandbox, however I just ended up with this message instead: "The file name you were trying to upload has been blacklisted because it is very common, uninformative, or spelled in ALLCAPS. Please go back and choose a better file name. When uploading files to Wikimedia Commons, please use a file name that describes the content of the image or media file you're uploading and is sufficiently distinctive that no-one else is likely to pick the same name by accident." I tried to change it's name to "boyfluxgenderidentity.png" but got the same message. I also do understand that I do have a past of vandalism however I've stopped doing that to wikipedia pages, and now will only edit them if I see errors, or would like to cite sources that are missing from them. Mrsimonst9969666 (talk) 18:08, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It might be a bug, I could try to upload it if it doesn't work on your side. Which boyflux flag do you want? (There are a bunch of them, I guess probably this one? I'll have to check the license to see if it can be uploaded but I think it should) Chaotic Enby (talk) 07:00, 15 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Mrsimonst9969666: This would be an issue with the commons:MediaWiki:Titleblacklist, not with ours, although at a glance I'm not seeing anything in their blacklist that would cause this issue. -- Tamzin[cetacean needed] (she|they|xe) 07:09, 15 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Characters outside the Basic Multilingual PlaneEdit

Is this too broad?

.*[^\0-\x{FFFF}].* <casesensitive> # Very few characters outside the Basic Multilingual Plane are useful in titles

I ask because of 𠔻 (talk · contribs), whose username matches this pattern but, as far as I can tell, doesn't break the username policy. – Joe (talk) 14:06, 9 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

MediaWiki:Titlewhitelist exempts single-character titles in article and talk namespaces, such as 𠔻, and should probably do the same for all other namespaces. –LaundryPizza03 (d) 07:24, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Fully protected edit request 5/25/23Edit

# Stop repeated creations of G1 word salads
.*mixing.*sailors.* # See

Append this section with

.*rooster.*inversions.* # See!

Looks like Gsthae with tempo! is repeatedly using this title to create patent nonsense pages now - I think it would be a good idea to blacklist titles that consist of some combination of "rooster inversions".

-- Shadow of the Starlit Sky 14:52, 25 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm leaning towards decline. Fuzzy undelete of Draft:Rooster inversions currently shows all hits (there aren't any outside of draft), including two your pattern won't match. There's only been ten, and all are relatively recent: two created early January, two late January, one each in mid- and late February, and four spread out over the last two weeks. By way of comparison, Mixing Sailors has been over a hundred titles, in multiple namespaces, and has persisted at least eight years. Blacklisting now is likely to do more harm than good; they'll just work around it and the new variants will go unnoticed, like how Draft:Rooster-Inversions survived almost three months (because nobody was looking for the pattern yet) and how Draft:Mÿxing-Säïlors was crafted specifically to evade its pattern and lasted more than a month. —Cryptic 06:53, 28 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Request refactored for clarity. SWinxy (talk) 20:07, 30 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I noticed that Draft:Rooster.Inversions was created today. -- Shadow of the Starlit Sky 04:51, 31 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]