[Noisebridge-discuss] how to protect media wikies against spammers - in general

Chris Egeland chris at chrisegeland.com
Sun Nov 24 07:15:27 UTC 2013


Frantisek,

Check out the Special:Nuke extension and also consider implementing recaptcha and site-specific registration questions. For example, the wiki that runs our website for SYN/HAK asks what city we are in (which is plastered all over our home page, so it's not a secret or anything).

Also, if you have thousands of edits to deal with, check out AutoWikiBrowser which can be useful if you know what you're doing.

If you have any questions about running a wiki, let me know. I manage most of the frontend stuff on our wiki and have been doing so for over a year

Chris Egeland
SYN/HAK

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> On Nov 23, 2013, at 22:04, Frantisek Apfelbeck <algoldor at yahoo.com> wrote:
> 
> Hi Lee and others,
> I've an another question on you. I've just cleaned most of our food hacking base wiki at least the pages which were not suppose to be there - finally learn how to delete them ending up with just active pages which we want to have on
> 
> https://foodhackingbase.org/wiki/Special:AllPages
> 
> blocking up all recent users - spammers (up to 30 days) leaving just the "proper users"
> 
> https://foodhackingbase.org/wiki/Special:ActiveUsers
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> I've found that based on statistics we have 324 users
> 
> https://foodhackingbase.org/wiki/Special:Statistics
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> from which just five are suppose to be there, rest are spammers, all users can be found here
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> https://foodhackingbase.org/w/index.php?title=Special:ListUsers&offset=&limit=500
> 
> Is there some simple way how to block all these spammers/users and also delete they account pages - I'm not sure how you call it, it doesn't show as a page by itself in the list of pages but it is "part of their account" and they have spamm links there too.
> 
> I just do not want to click over all 319 users and block and delete the contributions one by one, having also click again on the already blocked ones. I'm wondering if there is some way like giving the five users special privileges and after that erasing whole "group of users" who do not have these privileges?
> 
> Many thanks for any help and info on the subject,
> 
> Sincerely,
>  
> Frantisek Algoldor Apfelbeck
> 
> 
> biotechnologist&kvasir and hacker
> 
> 
> http://www.frantisekapfelbeck.org
> 
> 
> "There is no way to peace, peace is the way." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
> 
> 
> On Monday, November 18, 2013 12:42 PM, Lee Sonko <lee at lee.org> wrote:
> Good luck. There are a couple ways you might get access to the file. As your friend. 
> 
> Have fun with your own server. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick my "old slow" linux server ran. I just got tired of fighting off people breaking into it. I now have a $7/month virtual private server with Dreamhost. It could be faster, better, stronger etc... but it works pretty well.
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> On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM, Frantisek Apfelbeck <algoldor at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Thanks Lee! 
> Alas I've I think lots of privileges on the wiki itself (like admin etc.) but I'm quite sure that I do not have SSH access because it is running on one of the members servers. However I will ask and find out. Many thanks for the info now I know what I'm after :-)
> 
> By the way in references to variety of previous conversations about these topics which raised I've decided to set up my first server, the machine is sitting on my table for last few weeks, now it is time maybe to check if it is functional to play with - nothing big just starting to experiment with something useful like email server etc. Machine is old, with 512 Mb of memory (Pentium 4) but with some basic version of Ubuntu for servers it may do slowly what I'm after.
> 
> Many thanks for help,
> \
> Sincerely,
>  
> Frantisek Algoldor Apfelbeck
> 
> 
> biotechnologist&kvasir and hacker
> 
> 
> http://www.frantisekapfelbeck.org
> 
> 
> "There is no way to peace, peace is the way." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
> 
> 
> On Monday, November 18, 2013 8:40 AM, Lee Sonko <lee at lee.org> wrote:
> Seth, you are correct! I am so embarrassed! Thanks for the correction.
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> On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM, Seth David Schoen <schoen at loyalty.org> wrote:
> Lee Sonko writes:
> 
> > As an example, on my server, I have a wiki in the "k" directory. So the
> > LocalSettings file it is located in  ~\lee.org\k\   .
> 
> Forward slashes: ~/lee.org/k/
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