Spam Problem

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Current Status

The wiki is currently testing a new authentication protocall based on the blue password in the logo. Feedback welcome.

Future Developments

The recovery plan is as follows:

  • Mass delete the spam pages - done
  • Remove the spambot users - done, 467 blocks in total
  • Add extensions which force new users to answer a simple puzzle before editing - testing
    • I was planning to activate the ConfirmEdit extension with queries - Activated, fine tuning
    • Add a "Trusted" user group for skipping the query to give to people who look human - To do
    • Remove the e-mail confirmation requirement for new users - it adds nothing. - Done
    • Add a mass-delete extension for cleaning up the wiki - To Do
  • Unlock the wiki - Done provisionally during testing


2nd December 2013

Hee! I just blocked a spambot! The power is rushing to my head :D

Cody572: In the event that you're a real person and not a spambot, please e-mail me at EdithTheHutt at gmail and I'll happily reinstate you once you explain why you saw fit to post an advert for internet TV on this wiki. --EdithTheAdmin (talk) 12:35, 2 December 2013 (MST)

7th December 2013

Another day, another batch of spambots deleted. Again if anyone wishes to dispute my decisions my e-mail is fairly easy to find. --EdithTheAdmin (talk) 08:20, 7 December 2013 (MST)

11th December 2013

So we have a Spam Problem.

Initially I had hoped that the e-mail confirmation on creating a new users combined with a low profile would keep the wiki relatively safe and we could keep a handle on the rest.

Yeah. That didn't work.

--EdithTheAdmin (talk) 16:05, 11 December 2013 (MST)

12th December 2013

I've now implemented a question to be asked of new users and those creating new pages on the wiki. E-mail confirmation is not required just yet and account creation still is required for editing pages. I suspect the wording "Password" may need changing as this is used elsewhere and I don't want to give new users the impression their personal password has to be the blue password currently in the logo. I'll run the wiki under this configuration for a few hours and refine based on whether we get murdered by spam in that time.

--EdithVonTestDude (talk) 13:07, 12 December 2013 (MST)