[arch-general] Abuse of arch wiki?

Eli Schwartz eschwartz at archlinux.org
Thu Sep 24 18:55:27 UTC 2020

On 9/24/20 1:05 PM, LuKaRo wrote:
> Hi,
> I was searching for information on firejail, when the fourth hit on my
> search engine was:
> https://www.linuxsecrets.com/archlinux-wiki/wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Firejail.html.
> This looks like an exact copy of our archlinux wiki (including the
> header bar) but hosted on Google's servers with no administrative
> contact given. They also seem to run additional obfuscated JavaScript on
> "their" copy of arch wiki.
> Their main page's "about us" page gives just a 404 error, and there is
> no further imprint given. However, on their main page it says "Copyright
> Linuxsecrets.com. All Rights Reserved". It looks like they at least
> tried to copy ArchLinux Forums, Ubuntu Forums and Linux Mint Forums as
> well.
> I know that GNU FDL allows redistribution of content, but I do think
> that copying the entire wiki with no attribution or information at all
> violates at least ethical principles. They also copy the wiki login
> page, which is also interesting from a security point of view. An
> unknowing user is misleaded by this content, and considering that this
> site was the fourth hit on a common search term in my search engine I'm
> worried by the impact. At least I wanted to make you aware of that our
> arch wiki contents are copied without any notice.


As far as I can tell, this is just a mirror? The attribution is pretty
clear, it claims to actually be wiki.archlinux.org and refers to it
being graciously hosted by www.archlinux.org on


(Mind you, they have various broken links due to statically rewriting
all urls as "foo.html" instead of the original "/index.php/foo" and this
then causes browsers to mishandle any pages that contain a ":" in it,
e.g. "Special:Random" or "Help:Style" or "ArchWiki:About".)

Mirroring a really old copy of the wiki is kind of unethical because
they're spreading ancient out of date knowledge pretending to be modern,
but I don't see how it's a problem for attribution.

Moreover, they're not the only ones doing similar, see for example

Eli Schwartz
Bug Wrangler and Trusted User

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