[Bioperl-l] Odd spamming on bioperl wiki

Mauricio Herrera Cuadra arareko at campus.iztacala.unam.mx
Thu Apr 12 17:53:51 EDT 2007


I've reconfigured the extension to display captchas exclusively for 
account creation and disabled it when adding URLs in pages. Don't know 
why this didn't happened to me while testing last night...

Please try do it again to see if the change works. Thanks for pointing 
this out Spiros :)

Mauricio.

Spiros Denaxas wrote:
> 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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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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