[TOS] That was fun while it lasted (was: Re: [Action may be Required] TOS Wiki Antispam update)

Ryan Rix ry at n.rix.si
Tue May 31 17:28:55 UTC 2011



But wait, there's more! 
Skimming through my deleting of spam pages, you see a lot more spam being 

Well, now what? 


On Wed 25 May 2011 16:21:36 Ryan Rix wrote:
> Heya everyone,
> I just finished enacting more antispam measures on tos.o. This is
> important for anyone wishing to edit the wiki, as it may force you to do
> some work (email verification).
> == Email verification ==
> I have made it so that only users who have verified an email address are
> allowed to edit the Wiki now. When you register, you have the chance to
> verify an email address, but it's not required, so I imagine quite a few
> users did not do so. :) They can no longer edit the wiki. It's easy to
> verify email addresses though.
> 1) log in
> 2) open http://teachingopensource.org/index.php/Special:Preferences
> 3) go down to == E-Mail options ==
> 4) tell it to send you an email confirmation
> 5) Click the link in the mail that it sends you
> All done, and you can edit again.
> == Spam Blacklist ==
> I've enabled the SpamBlacklist plugin, which checks edits against a
> blacklist of regularexpressions, currently being hosted by Wikipedia
> (any site can have their own, piggybacking WP was just the easiest). If
> one of your edits matches a regex on
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist it will be denied.
> If it's a legitimate edit, and is getting a false positive, let one of
> the infrastructure people know.
> Hopefully these two measures will prevent the vast majority of the spam
> problems we have been facing. I'm going to do a cursory look through the
> Main namespace and clean out any spam tonight, and some time in the next
> week or so purge spamming users.
> Thanks everyone!
Ryan Rix -- http://rix.si
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