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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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post Sep 19 2007, 08:19 PM
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Recoding to include RECAPTCHA might take too long to implement immediately. I agree that disabling all w is pretty heavy duty but maybe they might have to do it as a stop-gap measure so that the wiki isn't continuing to get trashed while the better solution is getting worked on.

I do believe there are some human spammers, not just bots, as well, so Recaptcha alone might cut down time-consuming robot activity, but won't eliminate all spam by itself, IMHO.

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post Sep 20 2007, 12:56 AM
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QUOTE(sdjf @ Sep 19 2007, 08:19 PM)
Recoding to include RECAPTCHA might take too long to implement immediately.  I agree that disabling all w is pretty heavy duty but maybe they might have to do it as a stop-gap measure so that the wiki isn't continuing to get trashed while the better solution is getting worked on.

I do believe there are some human spammers, not just bots, as well, so Recaptcha alone might cut down time-consuming robot activity, but won't eliminate all spam by itself, IMHO.

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I agree; it might be better to switch off w access to all who haven't asked for it until better registration is implemented. Most of the spam seems to be from the same source so I'm surprised it's not possible to kill w from certain IP addresses.

I saw a simple captcha recently: a mathematical question; e.g. What's five plus six ? It seemed to work well.
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post Sep 20 2007, 09:25 AM
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QUOTE(koan @ Sep 20 2007, 10:56 AM)
I saw a simple captcha recently: a mathematical question; e.g. What's five plus six ? It seemed to work well.
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It's so simple... First time I saw something like this I tried more than 20 times writing "11" xD
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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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