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