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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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post Sep 17 2007, 05:27 AM
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I have no access to the wiki :-(, I'm sorry

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post Sep 18 2007, 02:41 PM
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QUOTE(InSearchOf @ Sep 17 2007, 01:27 PM)
I have no access to the wiki :-(, I'm sorry


cool.gif Thanks for the interest ISO, I knew that you weren't a Wiki admin.

I another hour or so reverting spam today and exploring the features of the wiki. There are 5 sysops/bureaucrats listed:

DZ, Ev1l, Offroadgeek, Tapjpa and Tumnus.

I'm going to research this wiki business and see if I can come up with some suggestions. From a quick scan, DZ suggested upgrading to the current version of MediaWiki and some extra helpful software. Don't know how far he got with that. rolleyes.gif

I'm going to see when the 5 people above last posted to these forums also...

When looking at the user lists there seemed to be an enormous number of spurious ones, obvious spambots. Would the best thing be 'bans' until 2020, or simply deleting them? It would probably take my spare time for a week to do the banning. sad.gif

On a similar tack I've found a large number of 'spurious' pages. Would it not be possible to delete those pages?

But then I'm not an admin! So I can't do anything about those two suggestions. Yes I suppose I'm volunteering for that tedious position. Yes I'll even read RTFM and be cautious in what I do.

Any chance of that being helpful?

Oh well, I'll go and lose some more sleep by checking the latest spam! laugh.gif

PS Just spent a few minutes reverting myself!!! biggrin.gif
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sdjf   Spam In The Wiki!   Jul 8 2007, 07:45 PM
pelrun   Backups aren't necessary; the wiki is revision...   Jul 8 2007, 08:06 PM
pelrun   Okay, nailed them all. But I really don't wan...   Jul 8 2007, 09:02 PM
sdjf   Thank you! But there's got to be a way to...   Jul 9 2007, 01:48 AM
pelrun   The forum and wiki are completely independent - wh...   Jul 9 2007, 01:50 AM
telemetric_au   i cleaned up a page a few days ago, didnt think of...   Jul 9 2007, 03:55 AM
dz   I had to do the same thing months ago. Spam bots ...   Jul 9 2007, 08:39 AM
sdjf   Can you also see if we can make our aliases there ...   Jul 9 2007, 11:05 AM
gaarder   Consider installing reCAPTCHA http://recaptcha.net...   Jul 9 2007, 06:23 PM
sdjf   There is a TON of spam in the wiki again. I creat...   Aug 16 2007, 08:43 PM
sdjf   Grrr. Wiki help pages are also now filled with sp...   Aug 17 2007, 04:04 AM
pelrun   Reverting isn't hard: 1. Click the page's...   Aug 19 2007, 04:42 AM
sdjf   Thanks. It's easy once you know what to do. ...   Aug 19 2007, 07:08 AM
koan   Is there any point, until there is a more complica...   Aug 30 2007, 05:33 PM
tux   QUOTE(koan @ Aug 31 2007, 01:33 AM)Is there a...   Sep 17 2007, 03:04 AM
InSearchOf   I have no access to the wiki :-(, I'm sorry L...   Sep 17 2007, 05:27 AM
tux   QUOTE(InSearchOf @ Sep 17 2007, 01:27 PM)I ha...   Sep 18 2007, 02:41 PM
InSearchOf   I will see what I can do with getting you moderato...   Sep 18 2007, 06:29 PM
koan   QUOTE(InSearchOf @ Sep 18 2007, 06:29 PM)I pe...   Sep 19 2007, 04:43 PM
sdjf   Disable "all r/w"???? Or just all w exc...   Sep 19 2007, 01:47 PM
sdjf   Recoding to include RECAPTCHA might take too long ...   Sep 19 2007, 08:19 PM
koan   QUOTE(sdjf @ Sep 19 2007, 08:19 PM)Recoding t...   Sep 20 2007, 12:56 AM
urkden   QUOTE(koan @ Sep 20 2007, 10:56 AM)I saw a si...   Sep 20 2007, 09:25 AM
sdjf   If you missed it, Recaptcha is a official project ...   Sep 22 2007, 11:55 PM
Meyer   Definitely need to do something about the spambots...   Sep 23 2007, 12:25 PM
Meyer   How about running Wikipedia's AntiSpamBot on t...   Sep 24 2007, 09:02 PM
dz   QUOTE(Meyer @ Sep 25 2007, 12:02 AM)How about...   Sep 25 2007, 05:06 AM
Meyer   Which thread? That link's a 404.   Sep 26 2007, 11:50 PM
tux   QUOTE(Meyer @ Sep 27 2007, 08:50 AM) Whic...   Sep 27 2007, 02:31 PM

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