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  • Hello. I was able to chat here around an hour ago, but now I suddenly can't. I get an error message saying I don't have permission to chat. Can you fix this please? Thank you.

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  • Hi Jen,

    I was just wondering whether, being an admin, I'd be able to remove Taboola ads from my Wikis. They seem to have cropped up at some point within the last week as I hadn't seen them before then. I understand that a huge organisation like Wikia needs funding at some point down the line but they're an eyesore and sometimes the content is not appropriate.

    Thank you,

    Matthew

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    • Unless we said just to opt out, but still not work either. So when just opt in easily, it will might be kill themself every people who want to visit. Based from BBC News, listen and please do it to my favor:

      "Controversial slimming pill sweeps the UK", "15 inconveniences of being a woman", "Nine people you won't actually believe exist", "Danger! Don't watch this with your wife" - if you've ever seen any of these headlines screaming out at you, then you'll be familiar with the company's work.

      Taboola is one of the main providers of sponsored stories on news and gossip websites.

      When you scroll to the bottom of the page, there are picture and caption links to three, six or eight external stories, typically under the headings "More stories from around the web" or "You may like".

      More often than not the captions hoping to tempt you to click on them are just a little lowbrow, and the photos accompanying them typically show celebrities or women in bikinis (or both).

      Critics have described Taboola's (and its rivals') content as "spam", "click-bait", "degrading", "representing a race to the bottom" and many other derogatory terms.

      Yet 400 million of us around the world click on Taboola's links every month, and the business - which was only founded in 2007 - now enjoys revenues of $250m (£154m) a year.

      While the technology the company uses is sophisticated, Taboola's business model is straightforward. News websites don't have to pay to carry its links, and instead they get a share of the advertising revenue that Taboola receives from the advertiser behind each promoted story.

      For many newspaper groups who are continuing to see sales of physical newspapers plummet, Taboola provides them with a much appreciated new digital revenue stream, helping them to better monetise their websites.

      There was no money in the world you could pay to get that experienceAdam Singolda

      Yet why is Taboola's content often so annoying?

      A charming Mr Singolda, 32, who is the company's chief executive, jokes that we only have ourselves to blame.

      "The problem is that for everyone who hates one piece of content, many others love it, and click on it," he says.

      "So we register it as a popular story, and leave it up, so more people can see it. If no-one clicked on it, or tweeted about it, then we would remove it."

      He adds: "A journalist once complained that he was always seeing stories about [reality TV star] Kim Kardashian on Taboola. So I asked him if he ever clicked on them, and he said yes. So I replied, 'What are you calling me for then?'"

      Yet Taboola does seem to have taken the criticism on board, as a year ago it introduced a tool to enable people simply to click to remove stories they don't like.

      And as long as a reader of a particular news website doesn't remove the cookies that recognise who they are, Taboola's software will remember their preferences.

      So if someone clicks once to remove a link to a story on Kim Kardashian, that should be the last time they ever see her via Taboola.

      And Mr Singolda insists that the company's software is getting ever more sophisticated in how it aims to provide people with the additional content they may want.

      So to use one simple example, if someone often reads stories about wine, Taboola will aim to provide wine-related sponsored story links.

      This may sometime even anyone can opt out in cookie policy still, they don't like to be work on wikia or something.

      Army leadership

      While Mr Singolda came up with the idea for Taboola after he left the army, he says his military service played a vital role, as it gave him a wealth of training and managerial experience.

      A keen computer programmer, and maths whizz kid since he was a young child, upon starting his compulsory national service, he was chosen for the IDF's computer science training programme, before graduating first in his officers' training class.

       

      At the age of just 20, he was leading a team of soldiers doing encryption work, such as allowing an Israeli general to use his mobile phone securely.

      "There was no money in the world you could pay to get that experience," he says.

      "I learned firsthand how to lead a team, and get everyone to work together. And being the army I couldn't give anyone any financial reward - the only way to get people to do stuff was to inspire them."

      The army also enabled Mr Singolda to meet and get to know many people who would go on to join him at Taboola.

      After leaving the army, he came up with the idea for Taboola while living back at home with his parents.

       

      He managed to secure the backing of an angel investor, and with a handful of staff and no turnover for four years, developed the software before Taboola was eventually launched to customers.

      Today it has 200 employees, and the news websites that use it include USA Today and the Huffington Post.

      While Taboola's headquarters is now in New York, it maintains a large office in Tel Aviv, and is just one of a great many hi-tech firms based in Israel.

      Mr Singolda says Israel is so strong in the technology field for a number of reasons, including the training that military service provides, and the fact the country has always had an entrepreneurial culture. And while some Taboola employees are IDF reservists who were called up to serve during the recent conflict in Gaza, Mr Singolda says the company was otherwise unaffected.

      Instead, Taboola is now looking to secure a fresh multi-million dollar injection of investment, as it plans to expand around the world - both with and without Kim Kardashian.

      I also even i can open wikia as minister, the "You May Also Like" phrase that makes important will become one outmost trick called: sitetrap.

      Which means they will decide to make Taboola as even more WORSTER ads as were using Adblock Plus. Even considered using another solution to block and not to breaking the same rule we try to visit it.

      Thank you for my Q&A section and your own solution for surviving visitors thru wikia.

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    • Taboola is worse than any virus iv e had to deal with

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  • Hello! I was trying to change my username, but once I clicked "Yes, I want to change my username" it brought me back to the bottom of the page, and said that my current username was globally blocked by Phalanx.

    Can you help me?

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    • I've looked into your account and you are not globally blocked. Please try the form again and if you're still not able to rename your account, please reach out to us via S:C so we can take a deeper look. 

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    • Okay, Thank you!

      Edit: It happened again. I went on the Special Contacts page, and went onto the "rename your account" page. Its the same thing, and I read it again, twice, just to make sure I was doing it right. It didn't say anything about having your current username blocked globally. ;-;

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    • You can just go to Special Contact General and contact us that way. Be sure to explain what you want to do and any problems you've experienced trying to rename your account. 

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    • Okay

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  • On my Wiki, the Kaleido Star Wiki, someone keeps putting up this page in Russian and this is the second time I deleted the whole thing.

    How can I permamently delete it and stop it from popping back up? https://kaleidostar.wikia.com/wiki/Дверные_комплектующие

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    • I’ll have to ask one of my co-mods but we had this situation on the Just Dance Wiki and he just protected the page somehow and deleted it (but the protection stayed). I suggest blocking that user as well.

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    • CAMERAwMUSTACHE wrote: I’ll have to ask one of my co-mods but we had this situation on the Just Dance Wiki and he just protected the page somehow and deleted it (but the protection stayed). I suggest blocking that user as well.

      Hang on, I might be remembering that wrong

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    • Dropping in:

      You did not delete the page, you blanked it. Which caused the spam monitoring people to think that was the vandalism, and they reverted it.

      Only admins can delete pages, and that wiki's admin has been inactive since 2011. You can alert VSTF about the vandalism and they'll take care of it.

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    • Technically, I was the admin of that Wiki. But since I rarely edit things on a Wiki, I don't remember my old password for that.

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  • https://community.wikia.com/wiki/Thread:1043503 So its been 2 years since i adopted Game Ideas Wiki and i would like to have 3 more admins: Thunder the Coyote, Loconator3000 and TheProjectXZoneFan1997. And 1 more bureaucrat: Wazzupguys.

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    • There is an active bureaucrat on the Game Ideas wiki and they're the only one who can add bureaucrats or admins. You'll need to reach out to them via their message wall on the wiki with this request. 

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    • Jenburton wrote:
      There is an active bureaucrat on the Game Ideas wiki and they're the only one who can add bureaucrats or admins. You'll need to reach out to them via their message wall on the wiki with this request. 

      thanks

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  • See this forum thread: Thread:1474971. It's a technical one, but looks like someone with higher powers than sysops and even bureaucrats is fiddling with random public logs, and images, trying to remove transparency logs from the wikis.

    Can you please check who's behind that, and tell him to stop? I know you won't disclose who's behind this. I know for sure who is the responsible. Just tell him to stop. Those actions hurt wikia transparency as a company, and you probably don't want this to happen, specially for 6 irrelevant edits that nobody would care if things won't be hidden because of someone's whim.

    Thanks

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    Jenburton closed this thread because:
    no further discussion is necessary.
    21:54, July 2, 2018
  • Wikia got infected with a adware campain called OnClickRev, which opens the following popup on some clicks (HTTP was changed with HXXP to protect users). Some adverts try to open pages that wans the victims to install Trojans, adware, PUPs and more.

    hxxp://onclickrev.com/afu.php?zoneid=(random)

    Can you remove some JavaScript to remove this infection?

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  • ThePokémonGamer is still posting unnecessary material, now on his own sandbox and text Wiki. It now posted this, but it does not regard the same person. The cyber-bullied victim is NOT the person who is on probation, which now seems to be a completely different story. I will contact support again to see what we can do with this. Right now, it's just a period of civil war, where everyone is fighting for their rights.

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    • Then why don't they close the threads? They should make a rule that if a thread hasn't had posts in 2 months, then the thread is closed and remains for readers.

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    • AmberWolf2000 wrote: Then why don't they close the threads? They should make a rule that if a thread hasn't had posts in 2 months, then the thread is closed and remains for readers.

      Well, it is de facto inappropriate to necrobump threads. Though that's their decision to make, not mine.

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  • So, I'm only coming to you on this message forum because when I go to submit it in the help section it immediately freezes and I am unable to submit it. 

    I moderate on a wiki called Bully Fanon Wiki, and there's a very small gathering of us there. Recently we've become harassed by a user who believes himself to be unfairly blocked, despite vandalizing pages. Not only that he has gone to taunting staff. Now this is something we've grown used to, but this user has continuously created more accounts and with one block, he immediately makes another and begins to provoke staff. I was hoping that there was something well within your power to evict this user. 

    Again, I'm sorry I've had to send it through here, and thank you for any help you  may be able to provide. 

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  • Why do you always put a username before speaking? XD

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