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sdjf
post Jul 8 2007, 07:45 PM
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Many of our wiki pages have been destroyed by one or more spammers.

People who care about our site, if you have time to fetch copies that you've saved or to retrieve copies from Google's cache or archive.org, please let's restore the wiki to sanity.

I can't do anything myself...have written a separate post about my personal difficulties getting edit access to the wiki. Did also PM an admin about this, but no response so I'm starting this thread.

I wish people's first few posts were moderated...someone in our midst may have been caught and stopped, but the wiki needs restoring. Can any admins do it from backups?

There is a lot of basic reference material there which has been replaced with drug spam. IIRC, two examples are Card Formatting instructions and a Serial How-TO.

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pelrun
post Jul 8 2007, 08:06 PM
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Backups aren't necessary; the wiki is revision controlled. I'm going through and reverting any pages I find that have been hit. Moderator approval for newly registered users would be good... there appear to be a lot of bot logins making these changes.

Edit: make that moderator approval is *desperately needed* - I can revert pages pretty quickly but there are lots of wrecked pages and the bots will just do them all again in the next pass. sad.gif
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pelrun
post Jul 8 2007, 09:02 PM
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Okay, nailed them all.

But I really don't want to do that again.

My eyes! The goggles, they do nothing!
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sdjf
post Jul 9 2007, 01:48 AM
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Thank you! But there's got to be a way to prevent it.

But how do we get bots doing this when things are supposedly set up to prevent bots from getting approved. Is wiki membership done differently from oesf membership? I sure can't post/edit there.

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post Jul 9 2007, 01:50 AM
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The forum and wiki are completely independent - which means your forum login does not work and the forum validation measures don't apply to the wiki. I just clicked through to the wiki login page and registered no questions asked!
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post Jul 9 2007, 03:55 AM
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i cleaned up a page a few days ago, didnt think of reverting...

as for prevention, membership of the wiki and thus write permission should be by application only and not open as it is now...

simple.
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dz
post Jul 9 2007, 08:39 AM
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I had to do the same thing months ago. Spam bots are ruuuddeee.

I'm not sure about the admin approval process for the wiki. I think we just need to find a good enough CAPTCHA system that these bots can't figure out. My main priority is getting us up on the latest version of IPB, but I'll see what I can do about the Wiki software.
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sdjf
post Jul 9 2007, 11:05 AM
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Can you also see if we can make our aliases there all lowercase, without the first letter automatically getting capitalized? It used to be that way, judging from the old entries that are there.

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post Jul 9 2007, 06:23 PM
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Consider installing reCAPTCHA http://recaptcha.net/
but it requires updating MediaWiki to 1.8

I use it on most of my MediaWikis and it's easy to install, and impossible to crack.
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sdjf
post Aug 16 2007, 08:43 PM
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There is a TON of spam in the wiki again. I created a wiki ID way, way too easily, but got in but did not have time to figure out how to revert pages to spam-free.

Please do something about the spam.

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post Aug 17 2007, 04:04 AM
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Grrr. Wiki help pages are also now filled with spam. How do we revert pages to sanity? No documentation...could that part be locked (once it's restored) so spammers can't destroy our ability to get access to the wiki documentation (i.e., pages about the editing the wiki)?

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pelrun
post Aug 19 2007, 04:42 AM
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Reverting isn't hard:

1. Click the page's history link (these are available from the "recent changes" page for convenience)
2. Click the date of the last good version of the page to display it
3. Click "Edit this page"

The edit page will contain the contents from the revision you were on, along with a warning that you are not editing the most recent version (this is what you want.)

4. Enter a reason for the edit into the Summary box
5. Click "Save Page"

...

6. Repeat 500 times to fix every vandalised page (aaarrrgghh)
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sdjf
post Aug 19 2007, 07:08 AM
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Thanks. It's easy once you know what to do.

I had figured out steps 1 and 2, but was looking for a "Revert" button. wink.gif

I like clicking on "Page History" for a specific page that I know has spam in it. It's a little easier, but still a lot of work. I wish they would fix access. Hmmm. :} I wonder if one of us could install recaptcha on the newbie sign-up page instead of waiting for an admin to do it. Hehehe. wink.gif

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koan
post Aug 30 2007, 05:33 PM
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Is there any point, until there is a more complicated sign up procedure ?
I reverted a few changes but there are already another 20,

It's the same spambots again and again. Deleting their accounts and automatically reverting their changes would be a good thing.
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post Sep 17 2007, 03:04 AM
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QUOTE(koan @ Aug 31 2007, 01:33 AM)
Is there any point, until there is a more complicated sign up procedure ?
I reverted a few changes but there are already another 20,

It's the same spambots again and again. Deleting their accounts and automatically reverting their changes would be a good thing.
*


cool.gif Just spent an hour or so reverting spam.


1. Is anything being contemplated about the spam in the wiki issue?

2. Are there any useful anti-spam bots?

3. Does that cesspit Wikipedia have any useful bots we could beg/borrow?

Appreciation to the likes of pelrun, sdjf, koan etc who have been reverting spam. biggrin.gif

No doubt we'll have to keep repeating the process until some effective measures are taken to kill the spam accounts and keep new ones out! rolleyes.gif
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