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#1 Astyanax

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 09:42 AM

The Xenocide wiki page has become a target for quite a few spam bots of late. I've been manually removing the spam, but it's getting worse. Is there a way to ban the login names of these bots? It'd make the wiki easier to manage.

The names of the bots are six characters long, and all of them follow this format:
(Capital letter) (lower case letter) (lower case letter or number) (Capital letter) (lower case letter or number) (lower case letter or number)
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#2 Guest_Azrael_*

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 10:34 AM

Is anyone administrating the wiki? I think that's the main problem v_v we should config it to require to be logged in in order to change it and have only xeno members be allowed to change it.

#3 kafros

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 12:21 PM

Ditto

#4 red knight

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 03:48 PM

Yes I do, but I do not have that kind of permissions. We will have to notify Micah and Mindstormmaster to see if there is a way to do so...

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#5 mindstormmaster

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 04:58 PM

I'm looking at an upgrade for MediaWiki. But there are no guarantees it will stop spam.
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#6 red knight

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 11:56 AM

Posibility to add a Captcha like the one I posted? It has sources in php too add that into the login page (before we hit login).

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#7 mindstormmaster

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 12:02 AM

It doesn't look like there's a quick and easy upgrade to mediawiki from 1.3.9 to the current version. The best route is probably incremental upgrades using archived releases.
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 09:05 PM

I've managet to get the wiki to 1.4.x but can't get the 1.5 update to work. If someone else wants to try, let me know.
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#9 Astyanax

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 04:24 AM

Don't really know about the machinations of wiki software, but even so, it seems that the spam has abated for the time being. Thanks for your efforts! :Tomato:
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Posted 23 August 2007 - 07:21 PM

Sorry! The wiki is experiencing some technical difficulties, and cannot contact the database server.
Access denied for user 'wikiuser'@'pink' (using password: YES)

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#11 Darkhomb

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 10:11 PM

All i get is 500 internal server error...

#12 Darkhomb

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 11:50 AM

NM It is up now

#13 gufu

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 08:50 PM

I'll help! There we're 3 infected pages.

Edited by gufu, 29 August 2007 - 08:56 PM.

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#14 Astyanax

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 09:22 PM

Thanks, the help was appreciated. Be careful, though, some of the spambots delete the latter parts of the page, and another removes the plus signs. Those are the really annoying ones... :P
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#15 Darkhomb

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 09:28 PM

There are ways to ban accounts, freeorion has the same, don't know what version we have but do it


diff) (hist) . . FreeOrionWiki:Block log‎; 23:32 . . Geoff the Medio (Talk | contribs) (blocked "YxrL2y" with an expiry time of indefinite: spam)

#16 Astyanax

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 11:06 AM

From the MediaWiki FAQ:
A wiki system administrator can block a username on the Special:Blockip page (a restricted special page - look under Special pages in the toolbox). One of the options for the block length is infinite.

Alternately, an administrator with direct access to the wiki database can change a user's password. Scrambling a password is simply changing the password to some random text. The script from the "How to change a user's password" FAQ (above) can be used.
Now we need a find out who's the administrator. :P

These are the accounts that generate wiki spam:
AizPao
Ei4Kr1
EneW5v
IhmQda
Im1Kgo
Iv1A0p
Ju0Pmy
Mh6Xeo
Pf5Fab
Pn5Wfx
PohK81
QwcQ84
SdqF62
VziW7f
XnfBgd
XreSoi
XxxLwd
YzaFyn
Zb5Eat
ZdwDwp

There's also an option to prevent new account registration (which would be useful since not too many people need to be editing nowadays). For MediaWiki version 1.4 and earlier:
# Prevent new user registrations except by sysops
 $wgWhitelistAccount = array ( "user" => 0, "sysop" => 1, "developer" => 1 );

# Prevent new user registrations by anyone
 $wgWhitelistAccount = array ( "user" => 0, "sysop" => 0, "developer" => 0 );

Edited by Astyanax, 31 August 2007 - 11:12 AM.

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