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Zer Netmouse
April 22nd, 2011
10:20 pm


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In the past month both the SF Editors and Sf Artists wikis have been attacked by spammers that are unlike any I've seen before. One variety is not posting links, just short junk sentences that destroy real content. The other main type is posting new pages - it registers a bunch of new users, each user creates one or more pages, and that's all they do. It wouldn't impact the real site except there's a "Random Page" link off the main navigation bar that creates hits on these new pages, if used. I might have to turn off that link.

If anyone can recomment scripts that could help me, I'd appreciate it.

In the mean time, ReCaptcha is still not working and I'm wondering if there's a viable alternative. Also, I'm way overdue to update those wikis to the current version of wikimedia. I'm not sure why I find that notion so intimidating. But whether it's the old version, or the attacks, the wikis aren't displaying right. the logos are missing and the nvaigation links are showing up below article content instead of beside it.

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Date:April 23rd, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
You could globally limit edit permission to confirmed users, if your editors don't mind having to log in and give an email address.
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Date:April 23rd, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
I don't even know how to do that.
Date:April 23rd, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
You need access to edit the LocalSettings.php file.

Adding the line:

$wgGroupPermissions['*']['edit'] = false;

will block anonymous edits.

Adding the additional lines:

$wgGroupPermissions['user' ]['edit'] = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['autoconfirmed']['edit'] = true;
$wgAutoConfirmAge = 86400; # One day in seconds

will block edits from anyone whose account is less than a day old. See here for more details and other possible configurations.
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