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    @Jindam vani: Domain reported dead. Links archived (in 58 pages), and IABot database updated. -- GreenC 14:35, 27 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    @GreenC: thank you <_> jindam, vani (talk) 14:55, 27 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Mark Catholic News Service links added before 30 December 2022 as dead and add archive[edit]

    Moved from WP:BOTREQ
     – * Pppery * it has begun... 01:08, 3 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    The website Catholic News Service is dead since 30 December 2022, due do a decision of the USCCB taken months priors. See this statement. A new website, OSV News, currently has Catholic News Service's former URLs, but it all the previous articles do not seem to be present on OSV News (example). All the links to previously published CNS articles currently link to 404 errorson the OSV News website.

    Therefore, my bot request is as follow: all Catholic News Service links added prior to 30 December 2022 should be marked as dead and archive URLs be added.

    A discussion on the WProject Christianity seems to support my request. Veverve (talk) 00:18, 3 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    @Veverve: ok, it is done. - GreenC 15:47, 3 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @GreenC: Sometimes, the URL was left as "live" (e.g. here). All those URLs should be put to "dead".
    Also, why did you choose and not Or did you choose both with one being preferred? Veverve (talk) 18:50, 3 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    The "left live" appears to be a bug related to the combo of empty archive-* fields and filled url-status field, thanks for identifying. It's been fixed and re-ran on pages eg. [1]. It uses when it can't find a Wayback URL. -- GreenC 01:34, 4 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @GreenC: for example, the very first link of Dicastery for Evangelization is archived on, but the archive URL which was added was that of Veverve (talk) 03:26, 4 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    This happened because the API result from Wayback is what I call "bogus" meaning it's unreliable. This is because the Wayback API timed out and reported 0 results (it reports 0 not "times out" so you don't know which is what) so it used other techniques and it found the archive but it wasn't sure how reliable it was so it defaulted back to an alternative provider where one existed. -- GreenC 03:42, 4 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    replace dead BYU Library findingaid links with the ones they redirect to[edit]

    Is it possible to make a bot that replaces old links with new links that the old links redirect to?

    The old BYU Library findingaids (pages that explain the contents of a collection within a special collections) are through the URL Right now, they redirect to their parallel URL on our new archivesspace pages in most cases. I would like to change the URLs, because one of my colleagues informed me that the old URLs may not redirect indefinitely. I have done a few hundred manually but there are still some 600 left. Occasionally, there is an error in the redirect (for example, with item-level things from the folklore collection) and human intervention is useful. If you can limit the bot to change links in the external links section, I can manually change links that are used a references (to ensure that the same information is present). Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 20:46, 3 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    User:Rachel Helps (BYU), hi I can do this but can't limit based on where the URL is on the page. Do you have an example of a redirect error I can learn from? -- GreenC 18:21, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    That would be amazing--I can cleanup links in refs. Here is an example that works: on Mary_Elizabeth_Rollins_Lightner#External_links, redirects to Most of the items in the folklore collection will have errors though, because item-level cataloging for this collection was removed (they have FA in the URL). One example I've preserved in the reference authored by Kristi Young on Alice Louise Reynolds. redirects to the error page (for this particular source, the original was preserved on I've already fixed most of the FAs; the remaining ones, #s 4-10 on the special link search, are still there because they're sources, not just external links. Another error example I found was on LDS Hospital (probably another item-level item that was eliminated with the transition to archivesspace). Looking for more error examples on the last 500 items in the special link search, I think that most "Series"-level links will have errors. Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 18:47, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    User:Rachel Helps (BYU) this should be no problem, the error page returns a 404 code which the bot detects and will attempt to find an archive URL to replace with. I'll run 50 articles or so and you can check to make sure it's on the right track. I need to process (below) first, this is an urgent job involving a usurped domain, then will return here in a few days, thanks for your patience. -- GreenC 03:22, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    User:Rachel Helps (BYU), ok got it faster than expected. The bot made 50 edits can you look and report any problems? It starts at Tracy Hall at the top through to Charles L. Walker. If it looks OK I'll do the rest.-- GreenC 19:09, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    I went ahead and finished it. If you see any problems, let me know. -- GreenC 15:20, 15 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thank you so much!! You have lifted a weight from my worklist in a very efficient way. Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 19:33, 16 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    So glad to hear that, anytime you need help I am here. -- GreenC 22:37, 16 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


    It seems the site is dead, but it says 403 instead of 404. Like this. So I guess they are better replaced or tagged as dead links. Kailash29792 (talk) 11:35, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    User:Kailash29792, from what I can tell the domain only exists on 7 pages, can you do it manually would be easier and probably more accurate.
    GreenC 18:25, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    All done. This could be archived. Kailash29792 (talk) 12:52, 13 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    http 301 domains[edit]

    • ->
    • ->
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    thank u. <_> jindam, vani (talk) 17:07, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    jindam, vani: they are done. -- GreenC 15:47, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply] usurped and wiki blacklisted[edit]

    Reported. User:Billinghurst, I can usurped domains with WaybackMedic according to process at WP:USURPURL but only on Enwiki. If the domain is blacklisted at the wiki level I probably can't because the blacklist will prevent the bot from editing the page. In which case the blacklist will need to be lifted for the bot to run. -- GreenC 22:07, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    @GreenC: suspended the global blacklist to allow for cleanup m:special:permalink/24351246, it will take ~15+ minutes to flow through. Please ping me to let me know when to reimpose the blacklist on this domain. Thanks for the work in this area. — billinghurst sDrewth 22:16, 11 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    User:Billinghurst, thanks. It will probably take a couple days to work through. -- GreenC 02:37, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    User:Billinghurst, is composed of many sub-domains. User:Harej reports there are about 1,000 subdomains. There are only 22 pages on Enwiki that are pure (or URLs, which are the one's hijacked. The remaining 10k pages or so have sub-domains, and they are not hijacked. Examples: [2],[3], [4],[5],[6],[7],[8],[9] - they redirect to new domains. One is a 404, one or two are soft-404s, the rest are good content. Any thoughts what to do? -- GreenC 17:06, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    We just marked the entire domain as permadead. It's odd that the base domain is hijacked, while the subdomains are not. Something funny is happening here. I'm starting to believe that is actually compromised, not usurped. This requires more investigation. —CYBERPOWER (Around) 17:17, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Dotdash Meredith indicates that '' has been dead-site-walking since 2017, instead should be But I have no idea what content moved over or about sub-properties. DMacks (talk) 17:24, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Actually I don't think there is any problem.. it appears was purchased by Dotdash Meredith. See the bottom of [10] which redirects to thoughco and it says "ThoughtCo is part of the Dotdash Meredith publishing family." It all looks legit. -- GreenC 17:32, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @GreenC:We don't do redirect domains, and all these urls have been usurped. The content at the old urls is not the content that it was originally, and we don't know what will ever be at the seat of these redirects, so our replacing them back to the archived is appropriate. People can link directly to the (new) domain(s) of interest if they consider the target relevant, those base domains are unimpacted by this blacklisting. We are just removing the capacity of redirects, and firming up the urls originally utilised (as shoddy or as good as they were at the time). The recent examples of additions are showing clear sign of spammy additions and needing firmer control rather than hiding under a base redirecting url. — billinghurst sDrewth 21:50, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    OK I understand what your saying about using the original URL (ie. archive of it) for verification purposes. i don't see malicious behavior by Dotdash Meredith though? Such as spam. If I had some examples of that, it will help to document why this is being done. It will touch 10k articles and in most cases the content looks legit so I think people might say something about archiving and usurping a legit-looking URL. In some cases it will even mark the URL dead, when no archive is available, even though a working redirted URL is there. -- GreenC 22:53, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    All good if you don't want to change the links to archival links. There is zero need to add for new additions with an redirecting url, our real users can add the actual url. So it will just be the spambots that we are seeing. I will reactivate this on the m:spamblacklist. — billinghurst sDrewth 10:27, 13 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Interesting test case, can the whitelist override the blacklist? (Yes, I know it can.) What if we whitelisted Then adding archive URLs shouldn't be in issue in any case. We should try that. —CYBERPOWER (Chat) 20:09, 13 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    the problem is that then could be used by anybody to circumvent the whole blacklist. -- seth (talk) 23:03, 16 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    but: partial whitelisting of works, e.g. via
    -- seth (talk) 23:26, 16 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply] ->, ->, ->, ->[edit]

    (1) ->, (insource) 16 links (2) -> (insource) 67 links, (3) ->, Changes sub-domain and redirect to / for links. (insource) 231 links (4) -> Changes sub-domain and redirect to / for links. (insource) 618 links <_>jindam, vani (talk) 16:26, 12 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    These are done. -- GreenC 15:22, 15 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply] ->, ->, ->, ->, ->, ->, ->[edit]

    (1) ->; (insource) 25 links, (2) -> (insource) 57 links, (3) ->; (insource) 314 links, (4) Changes scheme from http to https and changes domain and changes path: ->; (insource) 1477 links, (5) Changes domain and redirect to /: ->; (insource) 52 links, (6) Changes sub-domain and redirects to crufty url: ->; (insource) 670 links, (7) Changes domain and redirect to /: ->; (insource) 236 links. thank u. <_>jindam, vani (talk) 08:00, 13 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    All done. -- GreenC 01:56, 18 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply] ->, ->, ->[edit]

    (1) Changes domain: ->; (insource) 986 links, (4) changes domain and changes path: ->; (insource) 347 links, (3) Changes scheme from http to https and changes domain: ->; (insource) 214 links. thank u. <_>jindam, vani (talk) 18:16, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Done. -- GreenC 20:29, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply] ->, ->, ->, ->, ->, ->, ->[edit]

    (1) Changes scheme from http to https and changes tld: ->; (insource) 37355 links, (2) Changes scheme from http to https and changes domain and removes trailing /: ->; (insource) 16 links, (3) Changes domain and redirect to / & it shows "net::ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED" on ->; (insource) 2138 links, (4) Changes scheme from http to https and changes domain and redirect does not contain ".,?&": ->, (insource) 82 links, (5) Changes domain and redirect to /: ->, (insource) 51 links, (6) Changes domain and redirect preserves id number: ->, (insource) 1088 links, (7) Changes scheme from http to https and changes domain and redirects to crufty url: ->, (insource) 10682 links. thank u. <_>jindam, vani (talk) 07:05, 16 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Done. Except for -> due to bot detection preventing accurate reading of page status. This is unfortunate as there are so many links, and so many with 301 -> 404 and soft-404. -- GreenC 18:47, 9 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply] ->, ->, ->, ->, ->[edit]

    (1) Changes scheme from http to https and changes domain and redirect to /: ->; (insource) 925 links,(2) Changes scheme from http to https and changes domain and redirect preserves id number: ->; (insource) 1302 links, (3) Changes domain and redirect preserves id number, it seems redirection is stopped for domain: ->; (insource) 758 links, (4) Redirect to /, as of now urls ending with .jsp, .jsp#sometext&number, .asp: ->, i will look into after sometime, (insource) 8510 links, (5) Changes sub-domain and redirect to /: ->, (insource) 337 links, thank u. <_>jindam, vani (talk) 05:37, 17 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    All done. -- GreenC 15:06, 16 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    It seems the site is down since they failed to renew their license. All links must be tagged as url-status=dead and others have archives added. Kailash29792 (talk) 08:36, 20 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Done. It updated 777 links. -- GreenC 22:00, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    http 301 or 302s[edit]

    (1) Changes scheme from http to https and changes domain: ->; (insource) 8515 links, (2) Changes domain: ->; (insource) 1727 links, (3) Changes domain: ->; (insource) 787 links, (4) Changes scheme from http to https and changes domain and redirect to /: ->; (insource) 82 links, (5) Changes scheme from http to https and changes domain and changes port and append string: ->; (insource) 66 links, (6) Changes domain and truncates url: ->; (insource) 55 links, (7) Changes scheme from http to https and changes domain and changes path: ->; (insource) 82 links, (8) Changes scheme from http to https and changes domain and append string: ->; (insource) 16 links, (9) Changes domain and redirect to /: ->, i will look into after sometime, (insource) 87 links, (10) Redirect to /: ->, (insource) 172 links, thank u. <_>jindam, vani (talk) 16:29, 20 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Done. -- GreenC 17:19, 20 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Korea JoongAng Daily and potentially others[edit]

    Hello. It seems like the old domain of the Korea JoongAng Daily ( has been usurped and is now sending spam. Luckily, it seems like most to all of the articles from the old domain exist in their new domain ( but with a different url convention.

    Example (from The Journals of Musan):

    In addition, other news websites and microblogs that were in a subdomain are impacted but I'm not sure if there are new links for anything other than the Korea JoongAng Daily. ―sitting in a fridge <3 coolmato 23:59, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    User:Coolmato I don't know how to automate the translation of the old link to the new, there is missing information. Best I can do is usurp the domain. -- GreenC 22:04, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    User:GreenC That would be great! Would this still allow for IABot to add archive links for the affected references? ―sitting in a fridge <3 coolmato 00:01, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    WP:WAYBACKMEDIC bot follows the procedure WP:USURPURL which includes adding archives. -- GreenC 01:34, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Done. -- GreenC 02:52, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Face-smile.svg Thank yousitting in a fridge <3 coolmato 04:50, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply] also works. Does that help with the transition? Certes (talk) 17:10, 11 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    oh my goodness I'm so dumb ―sitting in a fridge <3 coolmato 21:42, 11 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply] links[edit]

    We have hundreds of articles with links of the sort , which break over time; it should be . The replacement is from https?://ia[0-9][0-9]+/items/(.+) to\1. Nemo 21:42, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    @Nemo bis,  Done via JWB. I accidentally had global regex matching disabled and made several edits to some articles, oops :) Best, EpicPupper (talk) 02:11, 17 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thanks! Search results have not updated yet, so there are still almost 1200 matches. Some of these seem real, for example [11] on Zürich. I've not used JWT, but if it finds articles by regex search you might need to switch to a broader search, because I'm not sure regex search is working right now.
    Also, [12] was not updated on Troy. If you're using a space delimiter after the URL match, you may need to use \b instead. Nemo 06:15, 17 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    This kind of work is more complicate then it might seem there are different file types (pdf, txt, wav etc) that should be handled differently, and different types of file structures at IA to deal with. it took me a while to find all the issues and develop code for it that gives reasonable results. It's not a simple search-replace thought sometimes it is. I have developed code for it and can process them, but some people get upset about it, so I have been hesitant to try and fix them all in one go, and just catch them incidentally when the bot happens to process an article with one there. Possibly I could modify it to only process when the link is dead so there is no question that something should be fixed. -- GreenC 14:30, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Handled differently how? Do you have an example? The links in the form https?://ia[0-9][0-9]+/items/(.+) always go to the mere file download just like the /download/ URL. The trouble begins if you start operating on the various other kinds of URLs which might include things like or various views like /stream/ . I'm not proposing a complete normalisation of all IA URLs, only the /download/ ones which are definitely going to break. Nemo 07:14, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    It's in about 1,300 pages. I'm running it now, for links that are already dead. The others will rerun periodically after they die. Some users don't get it, I don't want to deal with them unless the link is already dead in which case they have no basis. -- GreenC 16:13, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    This is done, about 7% of the links were dead and converted. -- GreenC 01:56, 24 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thanks! Nemo 06:20, 27 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Periodic required. for Splatoon 2[edit]

    It appears that basically all of the "" references on Splatoon 2 are dead and return "This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below." I tried getting them all marked as dead with WP:IAB but it did absolutely nothing. ― Blaze WolfTalkBlaze Wolf#6545 23:25, 15 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Exists in 5 pages. -- GreenC 03:49, 16 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I've already marked the one on Splatoon 3 as dead. Should I just do the rest manually? ― Blaze WolfTalkBlaze Wolf#6545 13:09, 16 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    You could add a {{dead link}} to each then run IABot and it will replace with an archive URL. - GreenC 13:12, 16 February 2023 (UTC)-- GreenC 13:12, 16 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Ah ok. ― Blaze WolfTalkBlaze Wolf#6545 13:13, 16 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Norwegian Scientific Index[edit]

    The old site was turned into a very useless redirect to the cristin home page. Please replace regex:

    • https?:// →

    Artoria2e5 🌉 10:38, 21 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    OK it's not so simple as search-replace because some links don't work at the new site and need archive URLs etc.. other issue. I did what I could safely with the bot, whatever remains should be looked at and resolved manually. It's 17 articles. -- GreenC 13:38, 21 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Fix links to Aus honours site[edit]

    I started making these changes, but there is too many for non-bot edits. In addition, in the citations, it might be worth removing the link to the Internet archive and removing the parameter with the status of a dead link.

    Starting point:

    • basic search with category (there is more without the category filter).
    • Search pattern: ([^/])http:\/\/(?:www\.)?itsanhonour\.gov\.au\/honours\/\w+\/.+?aus_award_id=([0-9]+)[&\w=]+
    • Replacement code: $1$2

    Nux (talk) 20:21, 12 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Nux, the bot successfully converted 5,777 links to .. two articles alone contained about 2,000 of the links: Australian knights and dames and List of recipients of the Bravery Medal (Australia) .. it edited 2,390 articles overall. Thanks for the post, this would have been impossible manually. If you see any problems let me know. -- GreenC 14:18, 22 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    When fixing dead links in A Sister's All You Need, I noticed some pages from are now at


    PianoPoet (talk) 06:55, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


    Many pre-2010 links no longer seem to redirect to their new ones, like this does not take us to this. The links may therefore be tagged as dead or archived. Kailash29792 (talk) 05:20, 17 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    This is done. Took a while to figure out, lot of soft-404s. The IABot database is also updated, so those URLs will be repaired on other wikis also. -- GreenC 15:43, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Library and Archives Canada[edit]

    Hello. There's currently a notice at saying they're moving the content to their new website at I would like to request an archive of any links just in case. Here are some examples. Thanks! MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 23:08, 26 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    This is actually a web archive provider: Wikipedia:List_of_web_archives_on_Wikipedia#Canada_( I think we'll have to wait for the move to see what the new URL structure is, then modify existing links to the new site. Hopefully a simple change of to -- GreenC 23:26, 26 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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