[Bioperl-l] Odd spamming on bioperl wiki

Spiros Denaxas spiros at lokku.com
Thu Apr 12 17:35:43 EDT 2007


Mauricio, thanks for your response. I actually edited a page several
times today and i got the captcha. More specifically, it was displayed
because "the page i edited contained external links" which is true
since i included a {{CPAN}} link.

Spiros

On 4/12/07, Mauricio Herrera Cuadra <arareko at campus.iztacala.unam.mx> wrote:
> The chance of having white lists exists but as far as I tested last
> night, the captcha is working only at the Create Account pages, not at
> the time of applying changes to wiki content (I tested as a regular user
> and not as a wiki admin).
>
> The idea at this moment is only to block automated methods for account
> creation (bots). Registered users who haven't been blocked and/or have
> confirmed their email wouldn't be bothered while adding/changing wiki
> content.
>
> Regards,
> Mauricio.
>
> Spiros Denaxas wrote:
> > Nice idea, i saw it a bit before. However, any chance of implementing
> > white lists with regular and/or trusted users to skip it each time we
> > add something to the wiki ?
> >
> > Spiros
> >
> > On 4/12/07, Chris Fields <cjfields at uiuc.edu> wrote:
> >> On Apr 12, 2007, at 2:35 PM, Mark Johnson wrote:
> >>
> >>> Looks like MediaWiki has some built in functionality:
> >>>
> >>>    http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Anti-spam_Features
> >>>    http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:ConfirmEdit
> >>>
> >>> I'm not sure I'd call what they're doing spam, more like vandalism,
> >>> but either way, I don't see the point (though I only looked at a
> >>> couple examples via Recent Changes).
> >>>
> >>> If they're indeed bots, maybe it's time to enable Captchas? Depending
> >>> on who they are and what their goals are, that may get rid of them
> >>> completely or just slow them down.
> >> Already done; Mauricio installed ConfirmEdit yesterday after a bit of
> >> off-list discussion (thanks again Mauricio!).
> >>
> >> If you create a new account you'll encounter a simple captcha (it
> >> isn't configured for each edit yet).  We may implement confirmations
> >> per edit or install picture captchas at a later point, dep. on how
> >> well the current system works.
> >>
> >> We may start granting anyone interested in maintaining the wiki sysop
> >> privs which makes handling spam easier.  If so we'll probably
> >> announce something along those lines here first.
> >>
> >> chris
> >>
> >>
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> MAURICIO HERRERA CUADRA
> arareko at campus.iztacala.unam.mx
> Laboratorio de Genética
> Unidad de Morfofisiología y Función
> Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, UNAM
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