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Most of the edits in this wiki are spam.  
 
Most of the edits in this wiki are spam.  
 
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==Information about blocking spam in mediawiki==
 
There are many features and plugins for mediawiki, for blocking spam. The most important ones are described on the following links:
 
There are many features and plugins for mediawiki, for blocking spam. The most important ones are described on the following links:
  
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* http://wiki.chongqed.org/MediaWiki
 
* http://wiki.chongqed.org/MediaWiki
  
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==Steps against spam==
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===Install a CAPTCHA extension===
 
As a first step I'd recommend adding a CAPTCHA when creating an account:  
 
As a first step I'd recommend adding a CAPTCHA when creating an account:  
  
* install [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:ConfirmEdit ConfirmEdit] with ''$wgCaptchaTriggers['createaccount'] = true'' (CAPTCHA when creating an account)
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Install [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:ConfirmEdit ConfirmEdit] with ''$wgCaptchaTriggers['createaccount'] = true'' (CAPTCHA when creating an account)
* if possible also install the [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:ConfirmEdit#FancyCaptcha_addon FancyCaptcha addon] (to get better CAPTCHAs, because CAPTCHAs from ConfirmEdit are not very strong). Requires python for creating the images when installing.
 
* one of the best/strongest CAPTCHA solutions is [http://recaptcha.net/ ReCAPTCHA] (AFAIK not broken yet, it uses words from books which OCR software does not understand - [http://recaptcha.net/learnmore.html learn more]). There is a [http://recaptcha.net/plugins/mediawiki/ ReCAPTCHA extension for mediawiki], which is based on ConfirmEdit. It does not require python or something like that.
 
  
 
The basic ConfirmEdit uses very simple CAPTCHAs which are not very difficult to break. So if any spambot is able to work around it, it's probably a good idea to use FancyCaptcha or ReCAPTCHA.
 
The basic ConfirmEdit uses very simple CAPTCHAs which are not very difficult to break. So if any spambot is able to work around it, it's probably a good idea to use FancyCaptcha or ReCAPTCHA.
  
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===Remove spammer accounts===
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Since spammers use the same accounts for spamming every few days, it's very important to block/ban/remove the accounts known to be used by spammers. For an example have a look at the contributions of the user which posted spam I reverted last: http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/KqkYhs
  
Since spammers use the same accounts for spamming every few days, it's very important to block/ban/remove the accounts known to be used by spammers. For an example have a look at the contributions of the user which posted spam I reverted last: http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/KqkYhs
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===Improve CAPTCHAs===
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Perhaps you need to install an extension to get better CAPTCHAs, because CAPTCHAs from ConfirmEdit are not very strong so it might be possible that spambots can break it. ConfirmEdit can be vastly improved by installing the [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:ConfirmEdit#FancyCaptcha_addon FancyCaptcha addon] (to get better CAPTCHAs). Requires python for creating the images when installing.
  
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An alternative is installing [http://recaptcha.net/ ReCAPTCHA] (AFAIK not broken yet, it uses words from books which OCR software does not understand - [http://recaptcha.net/learnmore.html learn more]), which is one of the best/strongest CAPTCHA solutions. There is a [http://recaptcha.net/plugins/mediawiki/ ReCAPTCHA extension for mediawiki], which is based on ConfirmEdit. It does not require python or something like that.
  
If this does not help:
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==Additional measures==
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If this does not help, here some additional anti-spam measures:
  
 
* add [http://wiki.evernex.com/index.php?title=Blocking_Spam_in_Mediawiki#CSS_Hidden_Spam CSS Hidden Spam] to $wgSpamRegex
 
* add [http://wiki.evernex.com/index.php?title=Blocking_Spam_in_Mediawiki#CSS_Hidden_Spam CSS Hidden Spam] to $wgSpamRegex
 
* install (and updating continuously) a good maintained [http://wiki.evernex.com/index.php?title=Blocking_Spam_in_Mediawiki#SpamBlacklist blacklist]
 
* install (and updating continuously) a good maintained [http://wiki.evernex.com/index.php?title=Blocking_Spam_in_Mediawiki#SpamBlacklist blacklist]
 
* install [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:SpamDiffTool SpamDiffTool] to easily add the posted links when reverting spam to the blacklist  
 
* install [http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:SpamDiffTool SpamDiffTool] to easily add the posted links when reverting spam to the blacklist  
* perhaps also add [http://www.homelandstupidity.us/software/bad-behavior/ bad-behavior]
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* perhaps also add [http://www.homelandstupidity.us/software/bad-behavior/ bad-behavior]

Latest revision as of 17:29, 27 September 2007

Most of the edits in this wiki are spam.

Information about blocking spam in mediawiki

There are many features and plugins for mediawiki, for blocking spam. The most important ones are described on the following links:

Steps against spam

Install a CAPTCHA extension

As a first step I'd recommend adding a CAPTCHA when creating an account:

Install ConfirmEdit with $wgCaptchaTriggers['createaccount'] = true (CAPTCHA when creating an account)

The basic ConfirmEdit uses very simple CAPTCHAs which are not very difficult to break. So if any spambot is able to work around it, it's probably a good idea to use FancyCaptcha or ReCAPTCHA.

Remove spammer accounts

Since spammers use the same accounts for spamming every few days, it's very important to block/ban/remove the accounts known to be used by spammers. For an example have a look at the contributions of the user which posted spam I reverted last: http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/KqkYhs

Improve CAPTCHAs

Perhaps you need to install an extension to get better CAPTCHAs, because CAPTCHAs from ConfirmEdit are not very strong so it might be possible that spambots can break it. ConfirmEdit can be vastly improved by installing the FancyCaptcha addon (to get better CAPTCHAs). Requires python for creating the images when installing.

An alternative is installing ReCAPTCHA (AFAIK not broken yet, it uses words from books which OCR software does not understand - learn more), which is one of the best/strongest CAPTCHA solutions. There is a ReCAPTCHA extension for mediawiki, which is based on ConfirmEdit. It does not require python or something like that.

Additional measures

If this does not help, here some additional anti-spam measures: