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Axe wiki flooded with spam
« on: March 06, 2012, 08:23:50 pm »
Hi,

I noticed that the Axe wiki is now getting pummeled with spam nowadays, with about 20 spam pages getting created everyday.
http://wiki.axe.omnimaga.org/index.php?title=Special:RecentChanges&limit=500&days=30

I think it would be time to make the Wiki invite-only, forcing people to register on Omni and get some posts prior they can get their Wiki account approved. You could have a big warning on the front page saying that you must post in a topic here to get your account approved after you signed up on both Axe Wiki and Omnimaga, then require a certain post count (5-40) before they get approved.

That would keep spam and vandalism under greater control.

Another solution is to do what Cemetech did with WikiPrizm/DCSWiki and link Wiki accounts to the forums, but that might be harder. On WikiTI they disabled registrations completely, requiring people to join #WikiTI on EFnet to request an account.
« Last Edit: March 06, 2012, 08:24:39 pm by DJ_O »

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Re: Axe wiki flooded with spam
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2012, 11:38:03 pm »
That might be a good idea, I'll see what I can do.

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Re: Axe wiki flooded with spam
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2012, 08:01:35 am »
Whoah just one look at that scared me. Most of them seemed to be a full name followed by numbers, and so many registering one after the other.
Oh I'd never actually created an account over there (until now ;) ). You could just create one anytime without any special conditions, something must be put in that restricts registration somehow.
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Re: Axe wiki flooded with spam
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2012, 12:24:31 pm »
There has been a pretty large increase in spam on the Prizm wiki too. I've been trying to remove most of it, but we would probably need to stop it somehow.

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Re: Axe wiki flooded with spam
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2012, 12:48:49 pm »
CAPTCHA?
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Re: Axe wiki flooded with spam
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2012, 02:02:13 pm »
There has been a pretty large increase in spam on the Prizm wiki too. I've been trying to remove most of it, but we would probably need to stop it somehow.
Sorry to hear you're hit too. I think there isn't any way to stop it except for making them invite-only, as in have people beg for an account to Omni members then they are registered manually by staff or manually approved. CAPTCHA won't do it, because we had this on the forums for ages and bots still get through.

[offtopic] aeTIos there's something in your signature O.O
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Re: Axe wiki flooded with spam
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2012, 06:01:02 pm »
What's up with aeTIos' signature? :O
Anyway right now, we need to somehow delete all these irrelevant pages. I just saw one about some Texas Law most likely copied from the internet.
How about if we are already a member here on Omnimaga and register an account there under the same username? Should we restrict it mostly to Omnimaga members? And I say mostly because there can be some exceptions.

EDIT: Whoah a whole heap of spam even after I registered just 10 hours ago (scroll down to find my contributions), I'd willingly go and delete all the irrelevant pages if I could but I guess I don't have the persmissions...
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Re: Axe wiki flooded with spam
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2012, 03:43:43 pm »
[offtopic] aeTIos there's something in your signature O.O
[offtopic]DJ, isnt it something on your screen?
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As I said, adding one or more captchas and humanity checks might help (i recommend a sorting question like revsoft has)
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Re: Axe wiki flooded with spam
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2012, 04:17:27 am »
Yes, that would help stop the crazy inflow of new useless members.
What also needs to be solved is the deletion of current spam members and all the useless pages.
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