[Bioperl-l] Odd spamming on bioperl wiki

Mauricio Herrera Cuadra arareko at campus.iztacala.unam.mx
Thu Apr 12 17:30:34 EDT 2007

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 


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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Laboratorio de Genética
Unidad de Morfofisiología y Función
Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, UNAM

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