Jump to content

Wikipedia:External links/Noticeboard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Welcome to the external links noticeboard
    This page is for reporting possible breaches of the external links guideline.
    • Post questions here regarding whether particular external links are appropriate or compliant with Wikipedia's guidelines for external links.
    • Provide links to the relevant article(s), talk page(s), and external links(s) that are being discussed.
    • Questions about prominent websites like YouTube, IMDb, Twitter, or Find a Grave might be addressed with information from this guide.
    Sections older than 10 days archived by MiszaBot.
    If you mention specific editors, you must notify them. You may use {{subst:ELN-notice}} to do so.

    Search this noticeboard & archives

    Additional notes:

    To start a new request, enter a report title (section header) below:

    Defer discussion:
     Defer to WPSPAM
     Defer to XLinkBot
     Defer to Local blacklist
     Defer to Abuse filter

    Linking to Deadline Hollywood film scripts[edit]

    Deadline Hollywood often posts the film scripts of Oscar candidates on their site each year. Previous discussions about the use of scripts on Wikipedia are somewhat ambiguous and hinge on readings of WP:ELNEVER. Dune (2021 film) currently links to one of these scripts in the external link sections and I'm doing a GA review. Is linking to a Deadline Hollywood film script appropriate? Viriditas (talk) 21:34, 25 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    @Viriditas, the Wikipedia:Good article criteria do not appear to require compliance with Wikipedia:External links, so I'm not sure why the contents of the ==External links== section could be relevant to determining whether it meets the criteria.
    If you are concerned about copyright issues, then what I see at https://deadline.com/2024/03/oscar-nominated-screenplays-2024-scripts-1235802192/ (the introductory article for this series) suggests that the news outlet is posting these both openly and legally. WhatamIdoing (talk) 21:52, 25 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    The use of external links are covered in various places, such as criterion 2d, "it contains no copyright violations or plagiarism". All of the policies and guidelines interact with each other in various ways. Viriditas (talk) 22:00, 25 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]


    Télam is a state-owned news agency from Argentina. It was closed by president Javier Milei, as part of a program of fiscal austerity to deal with an ongoing crisis. The official page is https://www.telam.com.ar/ which is currently displaying a message that it is closed. A group of former workers started the site https://somostelam.com.ar/ ("we are Telam"), similar to the former Télam page. Should it be included? It makes no mention of its nature, and seems to me as if it was trying to usurp the brand (which still belongs to the government, closure or not). Cambalachero (talk) 15:02, 26 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    I'd consider that link if there were a significant amount of information about the employee group (e.g., at least a substantial paragraph). On the other hand, if it's not worth space in the article, I'd consider it similar to a fansite and wouldn't bother adding the link. WhatamIdoing (talk) 17:58, 26 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    External link[edit]

    How to get external link Alimohmed23 (talk) 13:56, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    Welcome to Wikipedia. I do not understand what you want to do. WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:20, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    Does the info at WP:EL help? Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 12:18, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    CSRF Token error for whitelist request edit[edit]

    I was trying to submit the text below at the spam: whitelist page. But no matter what, a small coloured error message popped up saying csrf token error. That's why I can't submit that new thread. It's very frustrating. How do I fix it? Would you be able to help with unblocking this specific WebLink into the whitelist for attaching a ref-link to a company on a page?

    Here was my planned text entry in the spam whitelist request page.

     – The relevant editor helped add a relevant text in another page for me. ObiKKa (talk) 22:55, 9 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]


    @ObiKKa, I think you're on the wrong page. Try posting this at MediaWiki talk:Spam-whitelist. WhatamIdoing (talk) 22:16, 9 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    <polite cough> Suffusion of Yellow (talk) 22:19, 9 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    Hey. That is the exact page I tried submitting the text on with various edits many times today. It just doesn't work.

    This error always popped up at top of page during publishing stage: "Error, edit not published. Invalid CSRF token.". ObiKKa (talk) 22:34, 9 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    I've moved it there for you. No idea if you'll be able to reply with the Android app; it is, as you've discovered, buggy. Try using a browser if possible. Suffusion of Yellow (talk) 22:40, 9 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    Ooh, thank you. I have checked that new addition over there. I am surprised that it would only work in a desktop/laptop browser (or in difficult circumstances inside a mobile phone browser). Much pleasure. I'll try to add the resolved tag above this section. ObiKKa (talk) 22:54, 9 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    I suppose it's WP:ITSTHURSDAY. JTanner (WMF), are you seeing problems with Android app edits? WhatamIdoing (talk) 05:28, 10 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    Hi JTanner. I checked that bug report and feature request page link. Looks interesting. Should I ask over there for why the CSRF Token error keeps preventing me from posting text over in the spam whitelist request page in the Android app? I also tried to make another reply today after my request was accepted and I made the edit with the whitelisted reflink. But that CSRF Token error popped up again there in the app. So I logged into Wikipedia in a mobile browser (Brave) in the same phone and added the reply there.
    I have one feature request too. I would like a finder tool during the preview stage of edits in the Android app, not only in the first edit stage. It's coz the huge pages would take a long time to scroll down on the thin portrait-style phone screen. ObiKKa (talk) 16:17, 10 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    Hello @ObiKKa,
    This is Amal Ramadan, I am a Sr.Movment Communications Specialist supporting the mobile apps team in the foundation. Can I ask you to send a screen recording video that shows how you det this error to our support email android-support@wikimedia.org and I will make sure to include our software engineers and update you on how this can be solved? Thanks. ARamadan-WMF (talk) 08:16, 27 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    Advice request[edit]

    In this edit a SPA account replaced the correct external link – www.balboaacademy.edu.pa – with a gambling spamlink that is almost identical (in fact it looks at first glance to be more likely to be the real site).

    To go to the trouble (and expense) of setting up a .org to hijack links to this one minor school in Panama seems excessive on the part of the spammer… unless they'll be back to add it again and again until it sticks. Would we blacklist for that risk, or is it too small a risk? Is there an edit filter it could be added to perhaps? 2A00:23C5:50E8:EE01:74C9:F21C:7D37:E976 (talk) 14:09, 10 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    You can report this at MediaWiki talk:Spam-blacklist, where admins like User:Ohnoitsjamie can take a look. WhatamIdoing (talk) 17:23, 10 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    There's only been one attempt to spam it so far. We'd end up with a pretty massive blacklist if we blacklisted every site that was spammed at least once. Though I'm not a big baseball fan, I do subscribe to the "three strikes yer out" rule, though if the spammed link is connected to other blacklisted links or spam rings, I will blacklist on sight. OhNoitsJamie Talk 18:06, 10 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

    Human mitochondrial genetics[edit]

    Hello. There is currently a dispute between myself and Hipal regarding the inclusion of certain links on the Human mitochondrial genetics page. The links in question are to scientific resources for visualising and analysing mtDNA. Ivan (talk) 04:19, 13 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]