[Noisebridge-discuss] Spam on the wiki

Andy Isaacson adi at hexapodia.org
Fri Jul 1 12:43:20 PDT 2011


On Fri, Jul 01, 2011 at 12:14:28PM -0700, Robert Fletcher wrote:
> Hey guys, I've been noticing a lot of new spam user accounts being created
> on the wiki, which is to say hundreds of them.  I'd be happy to help delete
> them if I had that sort of access, but it doesn't solve the problem of them
> being created in the first place.  It seems like email confirmation would go
> a long way to stemming the tide, and captcha even more so.  Email in
> particular IIRC is just an option you can turn on.  Captcha shouldn't be a
> great deal harder.  Again, it's been a while since I've done any wiki
> administration, but I think it was just a plugin and a service you sign up
> for.  Is there anybody who has access and can enable them?

Yep it's definitely gotten out of hand.  We've been keeping it down to a
dull roar by just blocking and reverting manually, I can make you a wiki
Administrator so you can block users but I don't know your wiki
username?

I would really love to implement the Adafruit resistor CAPTCHA for
account creation, see for example:
http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2011/07/01/part-finder-friday-ir-leds/

(It's not great for RG-colorblind folks, of which we have plenty, but I
don't have a much better suggestion...)

-andy


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