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Looks like spammers are getting through the Wiki somehow

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:48 pm
by koitsu
I predicted this a while ago.

Re: Looks like spammers are getting through the Wiki somehow

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:50 pm
by koitsu
Oh, and this is even better. Enjoy cleaning all this up.

Re: Looks like spammers are getting through the Wiki somehow

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:56 pm
by thefox
Talk pages are open to edit without an account?

Re: Looks like spammers are getting through the Wiki somehow

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:57 pm
by Bregalad
Yes, because it appeared multiple times that people without an account could request fixes, especially considering having a forum account and being active on it is a requirement to open a Wiki accound, or else the spammers would just get accounts anyway.

Re: Looks like spammers are getting through the Wiki somehow

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:00 pm
by tepples
Blocked and rolled back.

None of these spams contained clickable hyperlinks, and the only thing they had in common was mentioning erectile dysfunction medications. So the problem becomes one of distinguishing these posts from reports of login problems. I can set a rule "if the user is anonymous or newly registered, and added lines contain at least two names of erectile dysfunction medications, do not allow the edit." Would that be a good idea?

(Ninja'd twice)
Having a forum account was not intended to be a requirement under the current policy. It just happened to accidentally be one during the 12 months when email from the wiki was broken. Anonymous posts to talk pages are intended for use in reporting problems with information or with login.

Re: Looks like spammers are getting through the Wiki somehow

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:19 pm
by Myask
Your own wiki, from the same IP. http://pineight.com/mw/index.php?title= ... 15.233.162

...why two, unless it's a name that actually causes clbuttic problems?

Re: Looks like spammers are getting through the Wiki somehow

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:23 pm
by tepples
ABUSE filter installed. Let's see to what extent this recurs.

Spe-сialis-ts in so-сialis-m have run into clbuttic problems several times.

Re: Looks like spammers are getting through the Wiki somehow

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:16 pm
by dougeff
I can't imagine a person who would be stupid enough to click in such a link.

Also, you are giving this jerk free advertising, by leaving a screenshot in this thread with the link visible.

Please redact.

Re: Looks like spammers are getting through the Wiki somehow

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:19 pm
by koitsu
dougeff wrote:Also, you are giving this jerk free advertising, by leaving a screenshot in this thread with the link visible. Please redact.
Give me a break.

Re: Looks like spammers are getting through the Wiki somehow

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:19 pm
by Banshaku
koitsu wrote:I predicted this a while ago.
And so do I when I was managing to some degree the wiki (how many years ago?). This is why I locked everything but it was not very popular but I stand by my opinion.

It may be strict but my opinion is still that Nesdev is a niche community. The smallest requirement that people should have is to create an account on nesdev and ask for an account for the wiki. The main goal as always been to reduce the maintenance and protect the content. The chance that something revolutionary will be posted on the talk page is quite low. The least that could be done is for small edit, there could be an email were people can post about possible issues or some kind of feedback form where the content is never shown online.

In all those years, how many request update as been put in the talk pages? Was it worth it? I would like to know the stats to see if I was wrong or not.

Re: Looks like spammers are getting through the Wiki somehow

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:33 pm
by tepples
The thing about a wiki though is that as soon as someone with the rollback privilege spots the damage, it gets reverted. I think I spend less time on spam control than I did handling new users when registration was closed. Think about it as applying the EAFP (Easier to Ask Forgiveness than Permission) principle to wiki spam. But it might be easier next time with something like Nuke though; I'll have to remember it come the next MediaWiki upgrade.

Re: Looks like spammers are getting through the Wiki somehow

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 6:03 pm
by Banshaku
I see. I wasn't aware that there was that much request for creating new account. If this is what make it easier than so be it. I'm not managing it anymore so whatever rocks your boat, I guess? ;)

Re: Looks like spammers are getting through the Wiki somehow

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:23 pm
by Drew Sebastino
koitsu wrote:
dougeff wrote:Also, you are giving this jerk free advertising, by leaving a screenshot in this thread with the link visible. Please redact.
Give me a break.
The advertiser burned down his village.