[Bioperl-l] Odd spamming on bioperl wiki

Chris Fields cjfields at uiuc.edu
Thu Apr 12 18:02:51 EDT 2007


You disabled yourself as sysop last night, IIRC.  Don't know; could  
be what Spiros suggested, eg. adding external links trips it.

chris

On Apr 12, 2007, at 4:53 PM, Mauricio Herrera Cuadra wrote:

> 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
>>>
>>>
>
> -- 
> MAURICIO HERRERA CUADRA
> arareko at campus.iztacala.unam.mx
> Laboratorio de Genética
> Unidad de Morfofisiología y Función
> Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, UNAM
>

Christopher Fields
Postdoctoral Researcher
Lab of Dr. Robert Switzer
Dept of Biochemistry
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign






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