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>  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 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, page movers and template editors can override this list on all actions. Account creators can override this list on account creations only.

Should this have been blacklisted?[edit]

Just had the case of Nina Коvacheva at the help desk - note the cyrillic К and о. When I attempted to move the page to change the K, not noticing the O at the time, I was prevented by the blacklist until both were changed.

However, should it not have prevented the creation of the page in the first place?

~~ Alex Noble - talk 09:57, 26 February 2020 (UTC)

Now RfD'd, so it's moot. –LaundryPizza03 (d) 23:11, 4 April 2020 (UTC)


There's a song Wikipedia calls "Bloodmoney", but the rest of the world spells "BLOODMONEY". It shouldn't be an article, but it is. The third problem is the insanity in the track listing notes at I Disagree. At least two editors want to say it's stylized in all caps, despite that being clearly false to someone reading Wikipedia. Rather than pipe it the normal way (which was undone) or specify Sumerian Records does it that way (also undone), I figured I'd move it to the correct title. But it was blacklisted. Searched the archives, found nothing. Help? InedibleHulk (talk) 20:23, 22 March 2020 (UTC)

There's a rule that prevents moves to titles with more than 9 consecutive capital letters. I'd say any move to a fully capitalized title because the rest of the world uses that is going to be controversial (following other sources on capitalization vs following standard capitalization conventions in titles is controversial), so I'd use WP:RM for those moves. Galobtter (pingó mió) 20:36, 22 March 2020 (UTC)
Even if this wasn't ten letters, I'd be bewildered at choosing nine for a cutoff point. Just seems off. But thanks for explaining. I'll see what I can do about moving it through consensus (or perhaps more easily, deleting it). There's no rule against ten consecutive plaintext caps, is there? InedibleHulk (talk) 20:52, 22 March 2020 (UTC)

List of NSWRL/ARL/SL/NRL premiership captains and coaches[edit]

I was going to move this page (Draft:List of NSWRL/ARL/SL/NRL premiership captains and coaches) into the mainspace, however it said the name was titleblacklisted. Why is that? WDM10 (talk) 06:30, 25 March 2020 (UTC)

@WDM10: I'm not sure what was doing it, but not worth the dumpster dive. I moved it. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 00:11, 5 April 2020 (UTC)
Thanks! WDM10 (talk) 00:14, 5 April 2020 (UTC)

Protected edit request on 30 March 2020: Remove an extra square bracket[edit]

On the "on wheels" blacklist item, there is one extra opening square bracket before the S regex section that remains unclosed. My request is to remove that extra square bracket. Sschr16 (talk) 19:07, 30 March 2020 (UTC)

 Done — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 21:00, 5 April 2020 (UTC)

Protected edit request on 13 May 2020[edit]

Can you also add the following regex to MediaWiki:Titleblacklist:

  • .*ninger.* # it’s equivalent to the word nigger
  • .*COQ.* <casesensitive> # it’s equivalent to the word cock
  • .*BICHE.* <casesensitive> # it’s equivalent to the word bitch

Thanks. Sincerely, Denimalt (talk) I was editing as Denimalt. 16:15, 13 May 2020 (UTC)

Not done this list is mostly reactive, please provide some diffs of where this problem is occurring and would need to be stopped again in the future. — xaosflux Talk 14:20, 14 May 2020 (UTC)
Whether I like it or not, Wikipedia is not censored, and if a reliable news source quotes someone's notable use of these misspelled vulgar words, redirects or articles might have to be created as needed eventually, Denimalt. Félix An (talk) 22:07, 4 August 2020 (UTC)

PUSSNBOOTS: Pero's Great Adventure[edit]

Why has this been blacklisted? It is the on-screen and on-box title of a game with an article as Puss 'n Boots: Pero's Great Adventure. --Scottandrewhutchins (talk) 13:02, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

Protected edit request on 15 July 2020[edit]

Please add categories containing "Moowoo" to the blacklist. Category:Moowoo1 - Category:Moowoo28 were created and recreated in the last days of socks, partly 5 times. --TheImaCow (talkcontribs) 18:17, 15 July 2020 (UTC)

Note: now its Category:Moowoo - Category:Moowoo40 .. --TheImaCow (talkcontribs) 06:07, 16 July 2020 (UTC)
That's looks like swapped about Woomoo to Moowoo by LTA for bypass blacklist. That's more then 40 created times well as ordering numbers. ~ Junior5a (Talk) Cont 20:11, 16 July 2020 (UTC)
 Done I tried to make it pretty wide to stop the LTA getting around the blacklist, but if it's too wide we can restrict it further. Wug·a·po·des 23:19, 16 July 2020 (UTC)

Protected edit request on 23 August 2020[edit]

Something which catches all variants of "LilZavier" and "Lil Zavier" with characters either before or after needs to be added, due to User talk:LilZavier and User talk:LilZavier1's continued vanity page creations. Nathan2055talk - contribs 21:41, 23 August 2020 (UTC)

@Nathan2055: Is it just those two accounts and not a massive sockfarm? If so, wouldn't just blocking them make more sense? Jackmcbarn (talk) 23:06, 23 August 2020 (UTC)
As above. NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 17:46, 24 August 2020 (UTC)

Potentially deceptive characters in usernames[edit]

Note the unusual characters in this username: 𝗺𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗲. This appears to be an abuse of the charcters from the Unicode block Mathematical Alphanumeric Symbols to make a name that is hard to distinguish from the similar-looking Latin alphabet text, and impossible to search for using standard tools. Another example of similar manipulation is 𝕷𝖔𝖗𝖉 𝕺𝖋 𝖘𝖍𝖆𝖉𝖔𝖜𝖘 𝖝𝖊𝖓. I've added some patterns at User:AmandaNP/UAA/Blacklist to try to catch any repetition of this or similar ruses, but I'm surprised this wasn't caught at source by MediaWiki:Titleblacklist or similar mechanisms. Does anyone know how this might have been achieved, and how we could stop it from happening again? -- The Anome (talk) 12:30, 1 September 2020 (UTC)

@The Anome: The characters need to be blacklisted at m:Titleblacklist for usernames. — JJMC89(T·C) 03:14, 2 September 2020 (UTC)
To elaborate on why that is: Since SUL finalization happened a few years ago, usernames are now global across all wikis, so only the global title blacklist applies to new user accounts. Jackmcbarn (talk) 03:20, 2 September 2020 (UTC)
Deferred to the global blacklist. Actually, the request covers several groups of letter lookalikes and other funny characters. –LaundryPizza03 (d) 18:16, 7 September 2020 (UTC)

Non-printing characters[edit]

At RfD, we came across a redirect containing a word joiner (U+2060). The redirect is Fernando Zor⁠⁠⁠⁠ ending with four copies of the word joiner. I think non-printing characters should be blacklisted, but we will need do compose a list of them first, and perhaps a custom message is warranted. I have also proposed a global blacklist request covering non-printing characters in usernames. –LaundryPizza03 (d) 18:11, 7 September 2020 (UTC)

Protected edit request on 8 September 2020[edit]

Please add the entries File:Annotation [0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9]\-[0-9][0-9]\-[0-9][0-9].* <reupload | errmsg=titleblacklist-custom-imagename> and File:Screenshot (\([0-9]{1,}\)).* <reupload | errmsg=titleblacklist-custom-imagename> as these are generic file names generated by Windows Snip & Sketch and by pressing Windows+PrtScn Aasim 01:58, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

I'm only seeing a handful of images matching these titles - File:Annotation 2019-09-17_230027.png, File:Annotation_2019-09-17 233103.png, File:Screenshot (9).png, File:Screenshot (15).png, File:Screenshot (33).png, File:Screenshot (35).png, File:Screenshot (65).png, File:Screenshot (166).png, File:Screenshot (324).png. —Cryptic 09:05, 8 September 2020 (UTC)
Request disabled. No response from OP — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 12:05, 11 September 2020 (UTC)


So, I was trying to upload a picture for 1,2,3-Benzothiadiazole. They said I could not upload due to ALLCAPS. Please help.Acidic Carbon (Corrode) 05:55, 18 September 2020 (UTC)

@Acid Of Carbon: What file name did you try to use? Can you copy and paste the exact error you got? Jackmcbarn (talk) 06:17, 18 September 2020 (UTC)

Jackmcbarn 8F3D7B7C-2147-435A-B9F0-62BECEFB4C93.gif is the file name. It says this is blacklisted. ALLCAPS is responsible.Acidic Carbon (Corrode) 13:05, 18 September 2020 (UTC)

@Acid Of Carbon: That seems like the titleblacklist correctly stopped you from using a particularly poor choice of filename. Why not upload the file as File:1,2,3-Benzothiadiazole.gif instead? Jackmcbarn (talk) 14:42, 18 September 2020 (UTC)