[uf-discuss] MediaWiki plugin
martin at weborganics.co.uk
Mon Jan 5 12:05:04 PST 2009
It looks to me like the wiki is being spammed by a bot or bots, I have
suffered problems like this.
I stopped it by changing the form names to to something gibberish,
nothing standard "wpTextbox1" would be come "ZifG5ut" nonsense
basically, a good Idea is to change the form names regularly, then you
can encode the submit, preview and show pages buttons in Java script and
insert them using a function. Its effective because most people who run
bots to spam wikis and blogs dont want to be bothered creating a special
script just for your site, they go for the low hanging fruit, the easy
money and in the end its nothing personal they just move on ;-)
Hope this Helps
Ben Ward wrote:
> Hi Toby,
> On 5 Jan 2009, at 01:05, Toby A Inkster wrote:
>> I don't know much about MediaWiki, but surely it's possible to create
>> a plugin which looks at edits from users with no edit history, and
>> blocks the edit if and only if it seems to create a one-word
>> paragraph at the top of the page?
> Maybe. And, yes, probably. Alas, the plugins I've written for MW are
> just simple parsing extensions, more complex stuff I've no idea about
> the capabilities.
> I've created a new issue under wiki-2-issues
> (http://microformats.org/wiki/wiki-2-issues#Spam) for this one.
> If we could try to collect notes of things we think should be enhanced
> with MW extensions over the next week (on wiki-2-issues), then we'll
> push the most urgent onto the microformats blog and around our various
> networks and see if someone more experienced with MW can help us out.
> Of course, if that person is already on µf-discuss, help us Obi-Wan
> Kenobi, you're our only hope!
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