From: Christopher D. Russell (cdr_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-12-05 21:16:01
Thanks Jeff - next time I'll simply revert it myself. And given that
maintenance is so easy, my suggestion to password the Wiki seems unnecessary
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Garland" <jeff_at_[hidden]>
Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2004 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: ! Wiki Spam
> On Sat, 4 Dec 2004 07:55:51 -0500, Christopher D. Russell wrote
>> I just found the start page of the Wiki completely replaced with
>> xanax drug spam. I removed the offending content and left a note in
>> its place. Sorry - I'm not sure where the original content is
>> archived or I would go fix it myself right now.
> If you look at the bottom of each page you will see a link "View Other
> Revisions". If you follow this link you can diff the pages and very easily
> see the last good version. Then you can view that version, edit and save
> version over the spammed version. Once you've learned the process it only
> takes seconds to do.
>> Perhaps we need a
>> password mechanism on the Wiki? This seems to work well over at
>> http://www.program-transformation.org/ where you need to register
>> and login to edit.
> Well, we have been having a Wiki spam issue for at least the last 5 months.
> The spam is usually quickly reverted and then I ban the IP / id of the
> from the wiki. Some whole internet domains are now banned. This has been
> reasonably effective in cutting off the repeat offenders. I don't think a
> registration system would be more effective for the 'first-timers' and
> cut down on the openess of the Wiki.
> BTW, I'll take this opportunity to say thanks to all the Boosters that help
> revert the spam quickly -- I personally try to check about once a day and
> of the time when there has been a spammer it has already been wiped out by
> someone else so all that's left is to ban the spammer...
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