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Links to YouTube channel "Cow Missing"

About a year ago I came across some external links to a YouTube channel run by someone named "Cow Missing" being added to various articles by Davidcrown. Most of the links I find seemed to violate WP:YOUTUBE, WP:COPYLINK and WP:ELNEVER, so I removed them. I then posted a notice at User talk:Davidcrown#Linking to copyrighted material explaining my concerns and how adding such links might violate various Wikipedia policies. No response was received and I sort of just moved on to other things. However, Davidcrown seems to have continued to add links to "Cow Missing" video to quite a large number of articles since last year, including links which are actual footage from newtwork talk shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with edits like this. I'm not sure if there's a connection between Davidcrown and "Cow Missing" and if adding these links is some sort of WP:LINKSPAM, but almost of the content that I've seen on the "Cow Missing" channel appears to be stuff taken from other sources and not original content of the channel itself. I'm not sure whether uploading these videos is allowed by YouTube, but linking to such things does seem to not be allowed by Wikipedia. Anyway, I am interested in getting feedback from others about this. If it's OK to link to these things, then fine; however, if it's not, then there's going to be a lot of cleanup that needs to be done and Davidcrown should be advised to stop adding such links. -- Marchjuly (talk) 09:26, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

Whatever the status, this fails our inclusion standards per WP:NOT and WP:EL, we are not writing a linkfarm, and I fail for most to see what they add. If there is even copyvio etc., then for sure. I am issuing a final warning. Let them first get consensus at the talkpage. There may still be links to clean up. --Dirk Beetstra T C 14:43, 3 June 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for taking a look at this Beetstra. -- Marchjuly (talk) 12:42, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

What to do about Iplayer links

In checking something, I found that the BBC Iplayer, will soon need users to register for an account, (in addition to needing a TV license for watching TV shows on it.)

There are approx 1500 links:

That will need to be changed over to "Progamme" page links rather than direct links to Iplayer.

Linking directly to Iplayer shows is also bad because they typically get removed after 7-30 days making the links dead, whereas the programme pages tend to be somewhat more persistent. I will also note that there is already a {{BBC programme}} template for external links to the programme pages.

Unless there were objections, it was planned to suggest removing direct i-Player links in the next few weeks.

Feedback is however sought prior to doing this as it would need some technical assistance to remove over 1500 links from Wikipedia in a clean manner. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 8:39 pm, Today (UTC+1) ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 19:32, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Several dozen links from Old Time Radio pages to an external 'hobby' website Linksearch en (https) - 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 • Domain:

Please help me with...

I run a non-commercial, advertising-free website devoted to Old Time Radio. I publish a mixture of my own work and work submitted to me by fans. These include: plotlines, reviews, CD cover art, a comprehensive listing of radio adaptations of famous authors' work, top-10 lists, recommendations, and links to other websites. The site hosts over 2,100 plotlines and 1,300 reviews from 70 different radio series. The 'Famous Authors on Radio' page cross-references 2,800 stories from over 900 different authors. Since this is an ever-expanding work-in-progress, some of the pages are more complete and higher in quality than others. The website has been online for 17 years.

Several dozen of the Old Time Radio web pages at Wikipedia provide external links back to the corresponding pages at my website because my website provides copyrighted material that some people have found useful.

I did not create these links. But I do maintain them. (Actually, I did not create any of the original links -- many of which date to 2004 -- but, as my website has grown I have added links to new web pages.)

Lately, those links have been systematically deleted by one (or perhaps several) individuals. The reason given is 'Low Quality URL'.

I have read the Wikipedia section on External links. It seems like the links to my website might fall in a grey area.

I am writing to ask if there is a community consensus on whether these links can remain? Or if, in the interest of improving Wikipedia, they should be removed? In other words, I can't tell if the links were justifiably deleted or whether they were the result of vandalism. (And if they were the result of vandalism, how I should proceed.)

Any help about how I should proceed to resolve this issue would be greatly appreciated.


My home page:

An example Wikipedia article:

The corresponding page that Wikipedia linked to:

The user who originally removed the link:

Another example Wikipedia article:

The corresponding page that Wikipedia linked to:

The user who originally removed the link:

ZootMutant (talk) 23:40, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

LinkSearch and https

I thought Special:LinkSearch had been fixed to show http and https links, but I must be thinking of something else because I just removed some WP:REFSPAM to and first tried checking if it was used in more articles. However LinkSearch found only two old http links and completely ignored the several https links which I then removed. Does anyone know if this issue is being addressed somewhere? Johnuniq (talk) 11:13, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

@Johnuniq: I believe the task is phab:T14810, open since 2008... --Izno (talk) 11:44, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
phab:T35030 might also be interesting. --Izno (talk) 11:51, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
Maybe you are aware of it, but just in case you are not (or others may not know): Linksearch is a nice tool by MER-C, that avoids this problem, and also allows to restrict the search to mainspace. GermanJoe (talk) 12:06, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

External links to study guides

As I noted at Wikipedia:Reliable_sources/Noticeboard#Reliability_of_Cliffsnotes.2C_Sparknotes_and_study_guides_in_general (where I include links to external link search) we have thousands of links to study guides and seemingly no word on whether they are reliable or even allowed. Interested editors may want to comment there on reliability, and here on whether we should add some advice to Wikipedia:External links/Perennial websites or such. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 04:55, 18 June 2017 (UTC)

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