Erfwiki talk:SpamWars

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Revision as of 09:38, 1 May 2011 by 184.36.87.8 (talk) (some thoughts)
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  • STrRedWolf here from Stalag '99. You should add the ReCaptcha plugin to MediaWiki, which cuts down on 99% of the spam. I'm using it on my Canmephian Library Wiki.


  • Archaic here, webmaster of Bulbagarden / Bulbapedia, founder of the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance, and a big fan of the comic. Heard you're having some spam issues, so I checked what some of our network partners are doing in dealing with similar issues. I see you've already got ConfirmEdit and SpamBlacklist, but you might want to consider using QuestyCaptcha for your ConfirmEdit, it makes it a lot stronger than the math questions. Just base the questions off the comic and you should be good to go - http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:ConfirmEdit#QuestyCaptcha

Also consider getting the following extensions Abuse Filter: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:AbuseFilter AntiSpoof: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:AntiSpoof Title Blacklist: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Title_Blacklist TorBlock: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:TorBlock

The AbuseFilter extension seems most useful for the spam you guys are getting. You could prevent non-autoconfirmed accounts from creating pages that consist of a title followed by an external link, which seems to be the form of all the recent spam (spotchecked in recent changes). Someone'd hafta' brush up on their regex, though. Pages that contain the regex ==<center>\[[A-Za-z0-9/_:\.\?+] <big>'''<u>[A-Za-z][A-Za-z\s]*</u>'''</big></center>== might work, you'd need to double-check; it's a first shot.
Other items that seem like they'd help are building some tags users can use to notify admins when things need to be deleted. Something simple like {{delete}} would work best, which categorizes pages into, say, Category:Pages to be deleted. Anything besides the category is somewhat optional, but a box at the top where they can put in a reason for deletion would also help. I'd suggest ripping code out of similar Wikipedia templates for the boxes. Cheers, everyone. 184.36.87.8 14:38, 1 May 2011 (UTC)
  • I don't have the webmastery credentials that these other guys do, but I just wanted to point you here for info direct from MediaWiki on fighting spam, in case you haven't seen it yet. Also, I strongly suggest not permitting anonymous editing (such as I'm doing here). --Dachannien
  • Solutions we use over at wiki.pcgen.org - We locked down Editing to Logged in users only - that was the first step; second step was to make it so you had to request a user account from an admin. Spammers were getting to be too annoying to allow open editing or even open registration. We got tired of killing new accounts.


This is for media wiki 1.6


  1. Prevent new user registrations by anyone

$wgGroupPermissions['*']['createaccount'] = false;


  1. Restrict anonymous editing / tools showing

$wgShowIPinHeader = false;


  1. Stop anonymous editing

$wgGroupPermissions['*']['edit'] = false;


  1. Anonymous users can't create talk pages

$wgGroupPermissions['*']['createtalk'] = false;


  1. Anonymous users can't create pages

$wgGroupPermissions['*']['createpage'] = false;

That would appear to be a huge overreaction. If people can't even create accounts you're going to lose 99% of your potential editors. Rpeh 14:36, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

Spam Solution

We had exactly the same spam problem on the Oblivion Mod Wiki and the FancyCaptcha module for ConfirmEdit stopped it dead. Try that one. Rpeh 14:35, 1 May 2011 (UTC)