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.

Blacklist a number?

I was wondering if someone could blacklist this phone number: 8890388811. There's been somewhat of a rash of articles created with this number in an attempt to promote a psychic hotline. The person in question was originally blocked under one account, but came back under a new username. All in all they've created 8890388811 love problem solution astrologer canada, Solve problem @8890388811 love problem solution astrologer UK, Solve problem @8890388811 love problem solution astrologer pune, Solve problem @8890388811 love problem solution astrologer gujarat, Solve problem @8890388811 love problem solution astrologer canada, and Solve problem @8890388811 love problem solution astrologer kuwait. I haven't bothered salting any of them or checking to see if they're salted, since any salting would just likely result in them going for a new word combination and it'd likely be easier to just block anything that used this number. I think that it's likely that they'll be back at least once since they came back immediately after being blocked. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 12:24, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

Interestingly there is already an entry for this phone number. However the spammer has found a way around it using fullwidth characters. I'll try to adjust it now. If this practice becomes more widespread someone may have to adjust all the entries. BethNaught (talk) 12:34, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
Done. BethNaught (talk) 12:38, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
Is there really a need for any page title to have a number with ten or more digits in it, obfuscated or not? This would catch essentially all phone numbers available to spammers. I can't see why any username should need such a long digit string in it, either. -- The Anome (talk) 12:45, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
@The Anome: As far as I know, there are no current such titles. I'd be inclined to add a autoconfirmed entry to disallow titles with long digit strings, yes. I wonder if an edit filter would also work but we'd need to know if there is a legit reason to add such a digit in particular namespaces. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 13:36, 16 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Just be creative with your regex, as they will adapt quickly... 1-800 would become l--8__o__o for example...
  • If that was to me, I can't... :( CrowCaw 21:57, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Yep, that's a private edit filter. @MER-C: would be a titleblacklist filter for articles with ten or more digits in it be feasible, or are there issues (e.g false positives)? Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 19:25, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
  • That filter can debofuscate strings like "l--8__o__o". As for blocking strings of 10 digits: I don't know -- it's not something I can easily search for. The full-width numbers should have very little false positives though (but again, impossible to search for). MER-C 00:35, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────(([0-9]|[oi\!]).*){10} should match any title with 10 digits in it (or common substitutes, add as needed) regardless of what else is in the title. So would match "0xxx1xxxxx2xx xxx3x456xxx xx7xxx xx8x9", for example. It would also match 10 occurrences of the "other" characters... CrowCaw 22:58, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

It would also match upwards of 116,000 existing article titles, such as Osservatorio Astronomico della Montagna Pistoiese or Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 1992. --Carnildo (talk) 01:04, 21 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Yep, rather dangerous in that form. Could be tweaked of course to lazy up the inter-character wildcard, and if applied to <autoconfirmed> for creation, should limit the disruption. The more open the regex becomes to catch the evil, the more good will get tied up, unfortunately. This may not be the best approach, I was just thinking out loud in response to the above questions. CrowCaw 20:18, 21 October 2016 (UTC)
    My impression is that only continuous - or separated by hyphens or spaces - sequences of numbers/number lookalikes are a problem. JoJo Eumerus mobile (talk) 10:06, 24 October 2016 (UTC)
([\doi!]([ -_]{0,3})){7,10} should match: A digit or lookalike followed by between zero and 3 of space, hyphen, or underscore (to catch "1 - 2 _ 3...), repeated between 7 and 10 times. That returns "only" 909 existing titles (only a small number are in mainspace and some of which are not likely redirect titles, such as Gooooooooogle, so again, setting <autoconfirmed> should minimize legit disruption. CrowCaw 18:05, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

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)
Crystal Clear action edit add.png Added MER-C 04:55, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Protected edit request on 19 November 2016

Please add .*wo(o)?mo(o).* to assist in preventing ongoing disruption - this was originally requested as a filter here

-- samtar talk or stalk 16:33, 19 November 2016 (UTC)

 Done - I recognize this LTA, so I know what's going on... ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 21:42, 19 November 2016 (UTC)
@Oshwah: Just realised when I removed the inc. that I removed a ? - please can you change the regex to .*wo(o)?mo(o)?.* -- samtar talk or stalk 21:45, 19 November 2016 (UTC)
Fixed. Thanks for the heads up :-) ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 21:50, 19 November 2016 (UTC)

Protected edit request on 21 November 2016

Please add .*dead.?rat(s)?.* to prevent username & article creations per Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/The_Suix#20_November_2016_2 and Wikipedia:Edit_filter/Requested#Suix.2FWoomoo.2FDead_rats -- samtar talk or stalk 09:44, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

Usernames need to be handled at meta:Talk:Title blacklist, the local ones don't affect them. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 16:15, 21 November 2016 (UTC)
The more you know! Cheers Jo-Jo Eumerus - does this mean it's a lot less likely it'd get approved as it's not cross-wiki? -- samtar talk or stalk 16:21, 21 November 2016 (UTC)
I don't work over there so I have no idea whether it will be approved or not. Probably best to ask there, and if no we can locally blacklist just for the title (the global blacklist disallows both usernames and titles). Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 16:23, 21 November 2016 (UTC)
Cheers - requested at Meta. Marking this as answered, thanks for your help -- samtar talk or stalk 16:29, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

John Galea

Requesting the addition of [Jj]ohn.*[Gg]alea per Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/Johngalea24 (in addition to examples given in the SPI, we've also had John p galea and John PGalea created by socks today). --McGeddon (talk) 17:18, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

Done -- samtar talk or stalk 17:22, 9 December 2016 (UTC)
@Samtar: Thanks. It looks like you've put a leading space on there by accident - is there any danger that'll be taken as part of the regexp? --McGeddon (talk) 17:30, 9 December 2016 (UTC)
@McGeddon: Thanks for pointing that out, I've corrected it. When editing the page the new line looked slightly outdented so I tried to line it up -- samtar talk or stalk 17:47, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

Request the addition of "Google Boys Arimalam" and combinations thereof

Google Boys Arimalam was repeatedly recreated. Now Google Boys Arimalam Studio is the name being recreated. I was wondering whether this could be added to the title blacklist. Thanks. Lourdes 05:20, 13 December 2016 (UTC)

Not done: User:samtar has create-protected the former and I have dealt with the latter. Much easier than using the title blacklist — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 10:58, 13 December 2016 (UTC)
Sure. Thanks. Lourdes 11:34, 13 December 2016 (UTC)
MSGJ, the nonsense was recreated this morning under 2 new variants of the title at :
  • 09:32, 31 December 2016 ‎Google Boys Arimalam (disambiguation) (hist) ‎[38 bytes] ‎Ayushmaan Bhava 24 (talk | contribs) (←Created page with '{{redirect}}') (Tag: very short new article)
  • 09:31, 31 December 2016 ‎Google Boys Arimalam Google Boys (hist) ‎[59 bytes] ‎Ayushmaan Bhava 24 (talk | contribs) (←Created page with '{{redirect|Google Boys Arimalam}}')
-- Cabayi (talk) 10:09, 31 December 2016 (UTC)
I see this has now been added by User:The Anome — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 19:44, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Peer VanMladen

Hi - I saw this page and realised from the text that it should be "Van Mladen" - so I tried to move it. Turns out "Peer Van Mladen" is a blacklisted page so I tagged it for speedy. I thought I should mention it on here also, just in case someone removes the tag. Happy New Year MarkDask 15:37, 29 December 2016 (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)


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)

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)


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)

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)

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