[uf-discuss] MediaWiki plugin

Martin McEvoy 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!
> B
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Martin McEvoy


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