MediaWiki talk:Titleblacklist

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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> 
[Bb]ar #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 article
  • 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 and template editors can override this list on all actions. Account creators can override this list on account creations only.

Davide Anselmi

I would like to have the name Davide Anselmi and Anselmi Davide added to the title/word blacklist. Long story short, there's some sockpuppetry surrounding this and the guy's basic MO is to try to create pages that claim some pretty easily disproven stuff. The guy claims to have had Stephen Sondheim (who is known for his musical career) as a cinematographer on a film that gained zero coverage. Lately he's been trying to attach himself to various films, like claiming that he worked on the sound for the Maze Runner series, which again, didn't happen. The socks have been mildly creative with the various names, which have run the range from Davide Anselmi, Anselmi Davide, Davide Anselmi (composer), Davide Anselmi (composer), and Anselmi Davide (Drummer). Hopefully making it so he can't create an article will help deter him. If there's a way to prevent him from putting his name on Wikipedia at all, that might be good as well. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 05:23, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

  • .*((david[e]*.*?anselmi)|(anselmi.*?david[e]*)).* should do the trick, at least until he starts adapting, then its easy enough to add more conditions. CrowCaw 21:52, 20 October 2016 (UTC)
plus Added MER-C 04:55, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Christian/Christine Weston Chandler and other names

Hey, I was wondering if we could get the following names blacklisted from being added:

Christian Weston Chandler
Christian Chandler
Christine Chandler
Christine Weston Chandler

It isn't nearly as bad as it once was, but there are still periodically attempts to re-add this person and their family members to Wikipedia, done either as a joke or as a good faith attempt. This person is pretty infamous for their actions on the Internet, enough to where there are a group of people who have a wiki devoted entirely to their life and some of the trolling efforts done against them.

You can see some efforts that were clearly done as a joke here and there's a whole history of it at the Ruckersville, Virginia article, both good faith edits and joke edits. The talk page has a long section about him as well. There are also quite a few AfDs for articles about Chandler, their creation, and their brother. (2009 AfD, 2012 deletion review, 2010 AfD, 2010 AfD, 2016 AfD)

The attempts at this have greatly slowed over the years so this might be a bit late, but I figured that it'd be worth adding to the blacklist. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 11:54, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

Looks to me like something which should be handled by WP:SALT. The expression Christi(an|ne) (W(\.|eston) )? Chandler should cover the first 4 you wrote on the list above, as well as the first 2010 AfD you mentioned; however, you could also SALT all 6 titles as they become problems (some already have been). עוד מישהו Od Mishehu 12:01, 24 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Well... the issue here isn't so much that someone will try to create the articles as much as there are people who try to add this person and her creation into other articles like Ruckersville, Virginia or anything else that might be related to this person. Like I said, it's slowed over the years but it still happens. Most of the people that do this sort of thing are aware that any new page gets salted, so their game is to put her name into other articles. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 07:08, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

Any way to create blacklisted redirect?

There is a constellation Boötes which obviously includes a diacritic. The stars in that constellation are named with green letters plus this constellation name (actually its genitive form Boötis). The titles of these articles are generally latinised, for example beta Boötis but a redirect is generally provided with the actual Greek letter. For most constellations this is not a problem, for example α Andromedae, but for α Boötis it is not allowed due to a blacklist entry here. As a result the redirects for this constellation are a mess, some exist without the diacritic, some with "oe" in place of it, and many are just missing.

I'm trying to tidy this up, so is there any way to bypass the regex and create these redirects, or am I stuck with the workarounds? There would be approximately 26 of them. No other constellation has this issue. Lithopsian (talk) 15:55, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

The title blacklist can be overridden with the right user rights. Ask an admin (preferably one who knows about astronomy) to do it for you. BethNaught (talk) 15:58, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. I'll get together a list and do that. Turns out about half the stars in Boötes already have redirects with the diacritic so I'm even more keen to get it all consistent. Lithopsian (talk) 14:14, 12 February 2017 (UTC)
You could also seek a de-blacklisting or whitelisting on MediaWiki:Titlewhitelist. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 19:47, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

Protected edit request on 22 February 2017

Add "Modishian" (and variants thereof) to the title blacklist; a blocked, socking user has repeatedly recreated this hoax article about a fake TV show. MereTechnicality 18:30, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

Please state the exact syntax needed — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 10:55, 24 February 2017 (UTC)
@MSGJ: I think it would be *.[[Mm]]odishian.* Would that be correct to block Modishian, and anything containing that word? MereTechnicality 13:11, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

Okay, I think that it would actually be *[Mm]odishian.*, is that the correct syntax to block anything containing it? MereTechnicality 03:12, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

Sorry I am not familiar with this page or the required syntax. You could ask MER-C as he/she seems most active in updating this page recently. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 09:15, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
Blacklisted this and Vaga - The Official. MER-C 04:55, 5 March 2017 (UTC)

A moving problem

Because the name of the page is wrong, I tried to move the page User:WDCDECDCDC/userbox to User:WDCDECDCDC/My userbox, but I couldn't move it, and the table says:

"User:WDCDECDCDC/userbox" cannot be moved to "User:WDCDECDCDC/my userbox", because the title "User:WDCDECDCDC/my userbox" is on the title blacklist. If you feel that this move is valid, please consider requesting the move first."

Can you move it?WDCDECDCDC (talk) 05:40, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

 Done @WDCDECDCDC: your page was moved to User:WDCDECDCDC/my userbox. — xaosflux Talk 02:57, 27 February 2017 (UTC)


Can we refine the current blacklist entry for .*design.*ok.* to avoid false positives? This was blacklisting Category:Census-designated places in Johnston County, Oklahoma before I just created it, and it's going to cause problems for any other categories on census-designated places in Oklahoma. TheCatalyst31 ReactionCreation 06:58, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

Should be fine now. MER-C 08:54, 7 March 2017 (UTC)

Zero width joiner emoji

Redirects from emoji are commonplace and most emoji are protected from the Titleblacklist via "single-character titles are permitted by the title whitelist". However many emoji are now more than a single-character (see Emoji#Joining). I'd like for there to be an exception so these ZWJ emoji and their talk pages can be created. See Wikipedia talk:Redirects for discussion/Log/2017 March 2#👩‍👩‍👦 for the context. -- Tavix (talk) 00:45, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

  • Emoji that use variation selectors, emoji modifiers, regional indicator symbols, or (in the next version of Unicode) tags are also protected from creation. They too should be whitelisted. Gorobay (talk) 13:38, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
  • I'm curious to find out where the request for this blacklist entry was placed, or who added the respective blacklist entry to this page. I can't figure it out myself because I cannot comprehend almost any of the edit history of MediaWiki:Titleblacklist. (I mean, if this blacklist entry is removed, titles such as the following could be created, all of which are skintone and hair color variations of 🙎 present on at least Apple devices: 🙎🏻, 🙎🏼, 🙎🏽, 🙎🏾 and 🙎🏿.) Steel1943 (talk) 14:44, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
    • It was added in 2008. This was presumably because non-BMP characters are not used in English, so they are only useful as single-character redirects (allowed by the whitelist) or for vandalism. However, what appears to the user to be a single character may be encoded as multiple Unicode code points. This has been an issue for years, and not just for emoji, but emoji make the issue more prominent. Gorobay (talk) 15:23, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Do we have consensus to do this? Steel1943 (talk) 18:18, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
Is anyone opposed to it? I figured the hold-up is because no one knows what such an entry would look like. -- Tavix (talk) 18:21, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
@Tavix: Per the above, it seems as though Gorobay already identified the line in the blacklist that is causing these title restrictions. I'd say that if Gorobay is 100% that is the line that is causing this restriction, you could probably make the change yourself. Steel1943 (talk) 18:36, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
A removal of that line might create other issues (I have no idea though, I've never looked into it). I figured it'd be a modification to the whitelist line that allows for single-character unicode redirects (or a new line completely?). -- Tavix (talk) 18:42, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
Yes, I’d say it’s safer to modify that line of the whitelist, something like ^(Talk:)?(.[\x{FE0E}\x{FE0F}\x{1F3FB}-\x{1F3FF}]?|[\x{1F1E6}-\x{1F1FF}]{2}|.[\x{FE0F}\x{1F3FB}-\x{1F3FF}]?((\x{200D}.[\x{FE0F}\x{1F3FB}-\x{1F3FF}]?)+|[\x{E0020}-\x{E007E}]+\x{E007F}))$. This overgenerates a lot to be forwards-compatible and easier to read. I didn’t test it. Gorobay (talk) 00:08, 31 March 2017 (UTC)
Alright, I went ahead and made the change. Gorobay, please let me know if it needs to be tweaked or reverted. -- Tavix (talk) 17:48, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
  • @MER-C: Since I noticed that you are the one who most actively updates MediaWiki:Titleblacklist, any chance you may be able to make this change? Steel1943 (talk) 20:43, 4 April 2017 (UTC)
    • This was taken care of. MER-C 03:56, 12 May 2017 (UTC)


As Blocklogannotation never got off the ground, should we remove it from the titleblacklist? I see no reason to keep it any longer. – Train2104 (t • c) 03:28, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

Yanked. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 18:50, 19 April 2017 (UTC)

New entry

Wikipedia:.* for d(elet|iscuss)ion/(User:)?(B|b)onad?(ea)?.*

This will make Nsmutte give up. KATMAKROFAN (talk) 03:59, 31 March 2017 (UTC)

Not done @KATMAKROFAN: single user disruption should be handled with blocking as needed. — xaosflux Talk 19:23, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
OK, reactivated since it is sock-related. — xaosflux Talk 21:59, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
Not done I'm not comfortable with this one, everything here if nominated for deletion is collateral damage. (Plus the given regex does not work.) MER-C 04:48, 28 April 2017 (UTC)

Jonah Bryson

Hi! I was wondering if someone could add Jonah Bryson and The Fight for Bala to the blacklist. Per the comments at this AfD, it looks like Bryson has been trying fairly hard to get himself added to Wikipedia and this is just the latest attempt. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 14:05, 12 April 2017 (UTC)

plus Added MER-C 04:45, 28 April 2017 (UTC)


I propose to add \D*1488\D* <newaccountonly>. "1488" has become a common code for identifying oneself as a neo-nazi on the internet and its use in usernames violates our policy against disruptive or offensive usernames. See [1] and Fourteen Words#14 and 88. There are over a dozen such blocked usernames on English Wikipedia, including User:1488Nate from just last month. The proposed regex looks for non-digit characters on either side of the 1488, so it would not block longer numbers that include 1488 by accident. Kaldari (talk) 17:33, 19 April 2017 (UTC)

Not done @Kaldari: with usernames being global, the directions say to request this at meta:Talk:Title blacklist now. — xaosflux Talk 02:20, 9 May 2017 (UTC)
@Xaosflux: I tried proposing it there and they said they wanted evidence that there was some consensus for it at the affected projects (mostly English and Russian Wikipedias). Any idea how I would show such consensus? Should I just start a discussion here rather than a request? Kaldari (talk) 02:36, 9 May 2017 (UTC)
Are there recent problems? — xaosflux Talk 02:59, 9 May 2017 (UTC)

Problem with TBL software

The software for the title blacklist still displays the "Start the _______ page" even if it is blacklisted. It should say "This title matches an entry on the blacklist, so only administrators can create it. UpsandDowns1234 (🗨) (My Contribs) 19:35, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Draft:Abū Shujāʿ al-Iṣfahānī

Why is this title blacklisted for a draft? It exists for an article, and I am trying to move the article to draft space because it is obviously incomplete. Robert McClenon (talk) 22:54, 27 May 2017 (UTC)

I've draftified it. I didn't see any warnings about the blacklist, though I'm a TE so I'm not sure what warnings, if any, I should've seen. – Train2104 (t • c) 01:27, 28 May 2017 (UTC)

Please allow move

Trying to move page SIGARCH to "ACM SIGARCH" to follow general convention on ACM special interest groups being prefaced with the "ACM" - and the associated conferences being named without the "ACM" prefix. I tried to move the page SIGARCH to ACM SIGARCH, but I couldn't move it, and the table says:

"SIGARCH" cannot be moved to "ACM SIGARCH", because the title "ACM SIGARCH" is on the title blacklist. If you feel that this move is valid, please consider requesting the move first."

Would you move this one as well? Thank you, Cypherquest (talk) 12:58, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

Please see Association for Computing Machinery for more information - the large organization info box shows Special Interest Groups at the top and also includes links to conferences. All SIG groups should probably be moved en masse to "ACM SIGNAME".

Cypherquest (talk) 13:26, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

  • That's odd, I don't see it on the blacklist, or the global blacklist, and in fact you yourself created ACM SIGARCH a few days ago, which wouldn't have been possible if it was blacklisted. I'm going to be bold and move the article; I am open to reverting and trouting as appropriate if this was circumventing anything. CrowCaw 22:54, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
@Crow and Cypherquest: It appears to be this rule: .*\p{Lu}(\P{L}*\p{Lu}){9}.* <casesensitive | moveonly> # Disallows moves with more than nine consecutive capital letters – Train2104 (t • c) 22:59, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Yep, thats the one. This appears to be otherwise uncontroversial so your best bet is to request the moves at WP:RM, describing the blacklist restriction preventing the move, so that only admins can move it. I'm unable to, even as a Page Mover. CrowCaw 23:02, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
  • I should be able to do this one, as a TE...but please request any more at WP:RM/TR. – Train2104 (t • c) 23:05, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
Will do - there are several pages like this that perhaps could/should be moved. We appreciate the help diagnosing the violation - and the help with moving this one. Cypherquest (talk) 00:14, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

2017 Paul Hunter Classic

I'm an admin, so can over-ride the blacklist, but it seems that the list of expressions that are prohibiting this page (".*Hunter (The|Baker|Classic|Original|Mariner|Fan|Berkeley|2|3|4|5|Oasis|Eclipse|Beacon|Custom|Stratford|Low|Summer|Studio).*") includes far too many banal terms. Furthermore, it creates an annual problem for this important annual snooker tournament. "Classic" is a term used in many BrEng sporting tournaments, btw. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 10:35, 20 June 2017 (UTC)

Seems to have been a September 2013 edit by NawlinWiki: [2] --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 10:07, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
The addition was because of David Beals, see Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/David Beals. The case page hasn't had much activity lately, so it may be safe to remove the line altogether. I'll wait to see if there's any objection though. -- Tavix (talk) 20:22, 22 June 2017 (UTC)
Tavix Fair enough. How long do you think you need to feel comfortable? --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 09:47, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
I feel comfortable removing it now, it's been a week. I just didn't want to remove it right away in case someone had a good reason not to. -- Tavix (talk) 13:57, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
Marvy. Thank you. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 15:01, 27 June 2017 (UTC)

On Wheels

In this line:

.*[OÓÒÔÖÕǑŌŎǪŐŒØƏΌΟΩῸὈὉὌὊὍὋОӨӦӪ0][N₦ŃÑŅŇṆΝ][ ]?[WŴẀẂẄẆẈ₩][HΉĤĦȞʰʱḢḤḦḨḪНҢӇӉΗἨἩἪἫἬἭἮἯῊᾘЋΗⱧԋњһh][ÉÈËEĘĚĔĖẺẸẾỀỄễỂểȨȩḜḝĒḖḗȄȅȆȇỆệḘḙḚḛ3عڠeēėèéëẽĕęəẻếềẹ][ÉÈËEĘĚĔĖẺẸẾỀỄễỂểȨȩḜḝĒḖḗȄȅȆȇỆệḘḙḚḛ3عڠeēėèéëẽĕęəẻếềẹ]+[L₤ĹĽḶŁĿΛЛЉ7][[S$ŚŜŞŠṢΣЅz5].* <moveonly> # Disallows moves with "on wheels" with 2 or more Es

The final character class appears to have too many opening square brackets, specifically [[S$ŚŜŞŠṢΣЅz5]. Julyo (talk) 19:44, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

Excessive Repetition, off by one

This line

.*([^0])\1{4}.* <moveonly> # Disallows four or more of the same character from page moves

should probably say "Disallows five or more" or "Disallows more than four"; alternatively, the {4} bit could be changed to {3}. Julyo (talk) 19:47, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

Draft:Pawan Kumar NR

Being repeatedly recreated under various titles by various socks of similar names. I suggest the regex

.*Pa(w|v)an ?Kumar.*

.--Jasper Deng (talk) 18:55, 29 June 2017 (UTC)

This user continued socking today. Please do consider adding that regular expression to the blacklist.--Jasper Deng (talk) 09:24, 4 July 2017 (UTC)
Done Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 12:40, 11 July 2017 (UTC)
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