Spam comments on the wiki

Spam comments on the wiki

Andre Klapper
Karma: 1248
2012-01-12 17:05 UTC
Looking at
http://wiki.maemo.org/index.php?title=Special:Recentchanges&limit=500&days=30
you can see that spam comments are added rather often nowadays, both by
registered accounts but mostly by anonymous edits.
http://wiki.maemo.org/Special:Ipblocklist lists blocked accounts and
IPs.

I wonder if those changes happen automatically (not really sure) and if
some better protection should be introduced (and if it would help), such
as CAPTCHAs. This has been discussed before, see
https://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3860 for some context.
It's probably not the biggest issue, but annoying for those that spend
time trying to keep the wiki clean of vandalism.

andre
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http://blogs.gnome.org/aklapper/

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Re: Spam comments on the wiki

Tim Samoff
Karma: 1616
2012-01-12 19:12 UTC
Hi Andre,

Andre Klapper wrote:
> Looking at
> http://wiki.maemo.org/index.php?title=Special:Recentchanges&limit=500&days=30
> you can see that spam comments are added rather often nowadays, both by
> registered accounts but mostly by anonymous edits.

Yes, I've done my fair share of wiki Undos in the past months myself.

> I wonder if those changes happen automatically (not really sure) and if
> some better protection should be introduced (and if it would help), such
> as CAPTCHAs.

I think with the current editing traffic that the wiki gets, any sort of
spam protection is completely fine. The people who do actually care
about updating the wiki are most likely those types who don't mind a few
hoops in order to keep the content legit.

Imho,
Tim

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Re: Spam comments on the wiki

RM Bauer
Karma: 552
2012-01-13 00:10 UTC
Hi Andre,

When the forum started getting inundated with spam, we addressed it by
adding more moderators. Maybe we can do that with the wiki as well.

Rob

On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM, Andre Klapper <andre_klapper@gmx.net>wrote:

> Looking at
>
> http://wiki.maemo.org/index.php?title=Special:Recentchanges&limit=500&days=30
> you can see that spam comments are added rather often nowadays, both by
> registered accounts but mostly by anonymous edits.
> http://wiki.maemo.org/Special:Ipblocklist lists blocked accounts and
> IPs.
>
> I wonder if those changes happen automatically (not really sure) and if
> some better protection should be introduced (and if it would help), such
> as CAPTCHAs. This has been discussed before, see
> https://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3860 for some context.
> It's probably not the biggest issue, but annoying for those that spend
> time trying to keep the wiki clean of vandalism.
>
> andre
> --
> Andre Klapper (maemo.org bugmaster)
> http://blogs.gnome.org/aklapper/
>
>

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Re: Spam comments on the wiki

Tim Samoff
Karma: 1616
2012-01-13 02:05 UTC
Anyone who follows pages on the wiki will be notified of edits... And anyone can admin those pages.

Of course the wiki has always had trouble recruiting help like this...

Tim

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Sent from my Nokia N950On 1/12/12 4:10 PM robert bauer wrote:
Hi Andre,

When the forum started getting inundated with spam, we addressed it by adding more moderators. Maybe we can do that with the wiki as well.

Rob


On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM, Andre Klapper <andre_klapper@gmx.net> wrote:

Looking at
http://wiki.maemo.org/index.php?title=Special:Recentchanges&limit=500&days=30
you can see that spam comments are added rather often nowadays, both by
registered accounts but mostly by anonymous edits.
http://wiki.maemo.org/Special:Ipblocklist lists blocked accounts and
IPs.

I wonder if those changes happen automatically (not really sure) and if
some better protection should be introduced (and if it would help), such
as CAPTCHAs. This has been discussed before, see
https://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3860 for some context.
It's probably not the biggest issue, but annoying for those that spend
time trying to keep the wiki clean of vandalism.

andre
--
Andre Klapper (maemo.org bugmaster)
http://blogs.gnome.org/aklapper/




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Re: Spam comments on the wiki

2012-01-13 02:13 UTC
On 01/12/2012 11:05 AM, Andre Klapper wrote:
> I wonder if those changes happen automatically (not really sure) and if
> some better protection should be introduced (and if it would help), such
> as CAPTCHAs. This has been discussed before, see
> https://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3860 for some context.
> It's probably not the biggest issue, but annoying for those that spend
> time trying to keep the wiki clean of vandalism.

I know that the math captcha has been cracked. I use the same extension
on my highly trafficked wiki.

I switched to the image captcha and that has stopped 99% of the spam
link edits. However, there are still spam bots editing my wiki that I
cannot stop. Instead of spamming links they just delete a majority of
the page text. To block this I protect all effected pages for about 2
weeks and it stops it.

I've given up on the IP blocking. They use every open proxy on the earth
to randomly attack you.
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