Commons talk:Abuse filter

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Uploads by new users[edit]

I'd like to tag these so that I can query these files in the database. Proposed rule:

!("editsemiprotected" in user_rights) & (action == "upload")

I know about OgreBot, but this rule has little cost, produces immutable results, and can be queried more easily. --Dschwen (talk) 16:30, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

@Rillke, Steinsplitter, Krinkle, Jarekt, Natuur12: (recent rule contributors). --Dschwen (talk) 21:29, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
Sounds reasonable to me; as long as the database won't crash and AF will not auto-deactivate itself or this rule due to a high trigger rate. Well, this is something we will know after testing. -- Rillke(q?) 22:13, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
Yep. Sounds reasonable. --Steinsplitter (talk) 15:56, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
Alright, I'll add the filter later today. I don't know what the usual level of discussion is for new filters (those sections are totally drowned out by reports on existing filters). @Rillke: auto-deactivation of AF is a thing? Well, our upload rate is not that high. We'll see, I guess. How to we get it back up again? Shouldn't it just deactivate the high-hit-rate rule rather than the entire filter? --Dschwen (talk) 14:51, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
As far as I remember only a filter that got too many hits was auto-disabled (wgAbuseFilterEmergencyDisable). But it was very confusing when I saw a filter suddenly disabled. Another thing is the total condition limit of 1000 which appears to be hit sometimes. Current values: Of the last 8,743 actions, 17 (0.19%) have reached the condition limit of 1,000 ... This means these 17 actions go unchecked. -- Rillke(q?) 23:24, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done. Added as filter 137. --Dschwen (talk) 18:01, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

And the filter is getting about two hits per minute. That should not be reason for concern. --Dschwen (talk) 21:04, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
@Dschwen: Warning: This filter was automatically disabled as a safety measure. It reached the limit of matching more than 5.00% of actions. -- Rillke(q?) 18:57, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

Report by Ritchie333[edit]

Report by Kschtra[edit]

  • Report by: Kschtra (talkcontribsblock logfilter log)
  • Page name: Unknown
  • Edit kind: i was trying to create the page with basic information till i found more about the topic.
  • Comments: Kschtra (talk) 00:26, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
@Kschtra: Articles should go to Wikipedia, not here. Yann (talk) 12:01, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Report by Jef van der Zel[edit]

@Jef van der Zel: Articles should go to Wikipedia, not here. Yann (talk) 12:01, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

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  • Report by: (talkcontribsblock logfilter log)
  • Page name: User:Koalorka/Walther_Email_Exchange (histlogsabuse log)
  • Edit kind: Remove personal information, including telephone number, address and email on behalf of the party who originally posted the entire correspondence. Since it is no longer valid for any permission, and the account is blocked, there is no need to maintain this information.
  • Comments: I can't manage to link correctly to the page. Your help is appreciated. 04:40, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
Permission should be sent to COM:OTRS, not published on the wiki. Regards, Yann (talk) 07:45, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

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This is not an issue with the abuse filter. It is working as intended. You have to be logged in to edit your user page. LX (talk, contribs) 17:02, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

Report by Pradeepwb[edit]

Blanking a page (removing all content from it) does not delete it. Only administrators can delete pages. I've turned it into a redirect. LX (talk, contribs) 11:44, 24 October 2015 (UTC)

Report by Ludenir[edit]

Report by Davinchy50[edit]

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What is the problem? The filter did what it should do. --Euku: 15:21, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

Report by Spbot (Special:AbuseFilter/69)[edit]

Whats now?[edit]

Report by Mgtny[edit]

Hi Mgtny. By "the russian version wiki", I assume you mean the Russian Wikipedia project (as opposed to some other Russian-language, wiki-based site – of which there are many) and by "the EN domen" I assume you mean the English Wikipedia project.
You are not on the English Wikipedia project right now. If you look at the address bar of your browser (a good habit to get into to avoid falling victim to phishing), you'll notice that you're on Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free, educational media files used by Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects, and others. In line with Commons being a media repository, entries in the main namespace here are not articles (as they are on Wikipedia) but galleries intended for showcasing media files. Since the page you tried to create was not an actual gallery, it was prevented by the filter – just as intended. LX (talk, contribs) 20:28, 28 November 2015 (UTC)

The filter that says there were some strong words in the text[edit]

The filter that says there were some strong words in the text:

There no slang or strong words in the text!


Please, fix it. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2601:240:C802:4437:218B:5754:DE42:2218 (talk) 03:25, 03 December 2015 (UTC)

Report by Katta Kiran[edit]

License review by non-Image-reviewers not being triggered[edit]

Shouldn't this edit have been flagged by filter #70? --Paul_012 (talk) 09:54, 12 December 2015 (UTC)

I have create the page of the team of my city and wikipedia says tha it is abusif[edit]

Hi Lenders177! You are not on Wikipedia right now. If you look at the address bar of your browser (a good habit to get into to avoid falling victim to phishing), you'll notice that you're on Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free, educational media files used by Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects, and others. In line with Commons being a media repository, pages in the main namespace here are not articles (as they are on Wikipedia) but galleries intended for showcasing media files. Since the page you tried to create was not an actual gallery, it was prevented by the filter – just as intended. LX (talk, contribs) 18:42, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

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Please follow the instructions.   — Jeff G. ツ 08:54, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

Report by BenjaminButler123[edit]

Report by RD Lal[edit]

@RD Lal: Hi,
You are here on Wikimedia Commons, which is a sister project of Wikipedia for hosting multimedia files. If you are looking for the English Wikipedia, it is here: en:Main Page. Regards, Yann (talk) 10:12, 19 January 2016 (UTC)

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  • Vehicle registration inquiry results
  • Camera location
  • Comments: The photo is fine to stay up as for the information regarding the engine code and location of the photo (considering it is a place where the car is regularly located) I would like this information to be removed please. 05:54, 27 January 2016 (UTC)
  • @OSX: ? Yann (talk) 11:15, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

Report by Anonymous President[edit]

Report by Anonymous President[edit]

  • Report by: Anonymous President (talkcontribsblock logfilter log)
  • Page name: User: Anonymous President (histlogsabuse log)
  • Edit kind: Introduction
  • Comments: This is not abusive, it is my intro. I will go back to my talk page and delete it then start a new discussion there tomorrow. Thank you for unblocking me. THIS IS NOT ABUSIVE I just used some external links but I can Wiki it up if you wish. Anonymous President (talk) 09:33, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
    User pages are intended for bona fide contributors to this project to present themselves to other contributors. You are clearly not here to provide any constructive contributions to the project, which is why your edits were prevented. This is a feature, not a bug. LX (talk, contribs) 06:55, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

Report by WikiEditor905[edit]

Report by Pokéfan95[edit]

Report by Roarjo[edit]

  • Comments: Currently this crop of File:Turdus grayi -Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica-8.jpg pretends to be a work of User:Axxis10, and it does not point back to the flickr source page, i.e. a violation of the licence given by the photographer of Flickr, Greg Gilbert. Protecting this page from changing this unlawful situation, is contributing towards a further weakening of this project's reputation. roarjo (talk) 22:10, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
Hi, Fixed. BTW, no need to copy the whole description here. Regards, Yann (talk) 10:14, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

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Thanks for your report. Preferably, everyone should be able to edit all pages, but some types of pages are of such high importance or are so much more likely to attract vandalism than useful edits from certain categories of users that different types of restrictions have to be imposed. In this case, a constructive edit was prevented, but that is a generally accepted side effect of this type of mechanism, and is not an indication that anything malfunctioned.
The reason for the difference between the main page on the one hand and pages in the User: namespace on the other is that different mechanisms are used to impose the restrictions. The main page is edit protected for everyone except administrators. This is a simple on/off flag that can be checked easily at any time. By contrast, editing of pages in the user namespace by users who are not logged in is prevented using an abuse filter rule.
Abuse filter rules are a much more flexible mechanism. They apply based on the specific contents of the edit. For example, the filter you triggered does have a small number of allowed exceptions, like still allowing users who are not logged in to flag problematic content in the user namespace. Therefore, the check is only performed when you make the edit, and it is not possible to know beforehand whether or not the edit you intended to make falls within one of the allowed exceptions.
I've made the edit you tried to make. Please consider registering an account, so you can make edits like this unhindered. LX (talk, contribs) 17:57, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

Report by Rariteh[edit]

@Rariteh: I fixed your edit. Thanks, Poké95 03:29, 31 March 2016 (UTC)

Report by[edit]]] ([{{fullurl:}} hist] • logsabuse log)

  • Edit kind: Hello Kroum,

my respect for the work you did, making a map of Europe, with the prostitution regulations by country.

Over the last years, a fierce debate on prostitution has been going on in France. The majority of lawmakers in France regards all prostitutes as victims of human trafficking and abuse. They also seem to think that all customers of prostitutes are rapists. Though there is a lot of misery going on in this business, there are also lonely single men that simply long for a girl friend and hard working ladies willing to take the role of substitute, in return for some cash. One could argue that adult people could make wise decisions on their own. Others fear that forbidding prostitution would increase the numbers of rape, or would force prostitutes to go underground. Anyway, yesterday, on the 6th of April 2016, The French parliament has voted in favour of a law that penalizes customers of prostitutes.

My request to you would be to change the colour of France to orange on your map, the same colour that Sweden and Norway have.

Thanks in advance! anonymous

PS: I refuse to invest much energy in Wikipedia, since I keep ending up in edit wars with people who think that following some rule is more important than simply reporting the truth. Several of my serious news updates on wiki articles were deleted within an hour after publishing, merely because I supplied a reference, containing a copy of a news flash that was on YouTube. According to wikipedia's rules, YouTube is always trash. Some nerds are too blind to see that while YouTube indeed features a lot of trash, a repost of a news item previously published by CNN or BBC (or other news media with a serious reputation) will not change into rubbish, just because it has been deleted, or put behind a pay-wall, leaving only that repost available on YouTube. Anyway, I ended up deleting my talk page and I do not read comments any-more, especially not those comments of people who assume that I would not be serious, just because I refuse to register at Wikipedia.

  • Comments: Can someone please contact Kroum and have that prostitution map of Europe adapted to the new law in France? I supplied the news articles from 2 reputable French news papers; I think I have done enough. 21:07, 7 April 2016 (UTC)
    You can do that yourself. Just use Kroum's user talk page instead Kroum's user page, which the abuse filter correctly prevented you from editing. LX (talk, contribs) 14:43, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

Report by Kalyan chandila[edit]

User:Kalyan chandila: The filter works as intended. You need to read Commons:Project scope/Summary, specifically Commons:Project scope/Summary#Must be a media file. LX (talk, contribs) 17:58, 14 April 2016 (UTC)

Odd zero log entry[edit]

While scanning for zero rated crap to be deleted, I found Special:AbuseFilter/examine/log/1249543 which shows an attempt by user:clempages to 'upload' 'File:PROFILE.jpg', however the file history only has one entry of 00:07, 1 June 2010.

There is no history or log entry against the file ; see and

This upload event was captured by edit filter 149, and they hit it several times as seen at . The edit filter is in tagging only mode, so how could the upload have no other record of occurring? This feels like a bug, but I havent done AF work for a while now so maybe I am being dumb. John Vandenberg (chat) 11:57, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

@John Vandenberg: As far i know, files in the upload stash are triggering the filter as well. If i remember correctly this has been reported a while ago on bugzilla. --Steinsplitter (talk) 12:07, 19 April 2016 (UTC)
Bingo. Found the phabricator task. Thanks, John Vandenberg (chat) 08:38, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

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The filter is working as intended. If you want to edit your user page, you should log in first. LX (talk, contribs) 15:51, 19 April 2016 (UTC)
@LX:No it is not. When I am letting an IP to edit my page. What the hell is wrong with this shitty filter? There are reasons why I am not logging in. Further to add, the page showed me In case you were actually making an acceptable contribution, please report this error here. Thank you. ('Here' brought me to a form page which was saved to this talk page. Abuse filter should filter abuse and not the helpful edits. Which, I don't see happening.
acagastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 21:09, 19 April 2016 (UTC)
@Acagastya: I think it is technically impossible to edit the filter to know which are helpful edits and which are harmful edits. That filter was designed to prevent spam from IPs. You should login first before editing your user page (or other user pages). That's the only solution I see. Thanks, Poké95 00:16, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

@LX, Pokéfan95: maybe we can improve the message, as it appears many people assume they should report the problem rather than log in? John Vandenberg (chat) 05:30, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

@John Vandenberg: Looking at the abuse filter's message, it doesn't show "you should log in to edit user pages" or similar. Can you edit MediaWiki:Abusefilter-warning-userpage (the abuse filter's message), since you're an admin? Thanks, Poké95 05:35, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

Report by Gencer8118[edit]

@Gencer8118: Hello, the filter is working as intended. The filter blocked your edit because you are removing the information template, which is bad. From what I see in your edit, you're trying to make that image an article. Commons do not host articles. Wikimedia Commons is not Wikipedia. Thanks, Poké95 00:18, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

Report by H.W. Dunstan Manjuna[edit]

@H.W. Dunstan Manjuna: Spam is not welcome on Wikimedia Commons. --Steinsplitter (talk) 13:33, 25 April 2016 (UTC)