[TOS] Need TOS wiki spam prevention!

Clif Kussmaul clif at kussmaul.org
Tue May 17 01:30:53 UTC 2011

The vast majority of the last 500 changes are spam
and should probably be deleted.
My understanding is that only sysop users can delete.

Clif Kussmaul    clif at kussmaul.org    484-893-0255    EDT=GMT-5:00

-----Original Message-----
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 10:13:52 -0400
From: Sebastian Dziallas <sebastian at when.com>
Subject: [TOS] Need TOS wiki spam prevention!
To: TOS <tos at teachingopensource.org>,	community-architecture-list
	<community-architecture-list at redhat.com>
Cc: Ian Weller <iweller at redhat.com>
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So I'm going to keep this short, since I'm at the SoftHum workshop
right now. Attendees were confused as to why the
teachingopensource.org wiki was broken. As it turns out, it wasn't.
Rather, two spammers had entirely obfuscated the main page.

It is (1) obvious that there's spam happening and (2) clear that it's
significantly preventing people from contributing.

Can we please put measures into place preventing this?

I'm not particularly interested in a conversation whether captchas are
useful or not. As long as *something* does the job and prevents *some*
bots from spamming us, that's already better than what we have right

Thanks a lot to Chris for responding immediately in IRC and locking
the front page!


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