[Noisebridge-discuss] Spam on the wiki

Danny O'Brien danny at spesh.com
Fri Jul 1 16:09:47 PDT 2011

On Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 12:43 PM, Andy Isaacson <adi at hexapodia.org> wrote:

> 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?

I'd like to do some bureacratting of the wiki too, if that's possible. My
username is dob on pony an d Malaclyps on the wiki.

There's also a Secretaribot account on the wiki that I control, which I was
looking at using for automated tasks.

> 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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