[Haskell-cafe] [Haskell] Spam on the Haskell wiki

damodar kulkarni kdamodar2000 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 04:40:05 CEST 2012

>  We could even have a "report spam" button on each page, and if enough
> users click on it (for a given revision), the revision gets forwarded to a
> moderator.

I think, this will be of real use, but should be used along with CAPTCHA
because then spammers may "report spam" for everything and anything on the
But with captcha, it will be real helpful, as it means the moderation task
is more or less crowd-sourced.


On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 7:36 AM, Alexander Solla <alex.solla at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM, wren ng thornton <wren at freegeek.org>wrote:
>> On 7/30/12 5:35 PM, Henk-Jan van Tuyl wrote:
>>> - Block creation of usernames
>>> o ending with two or more digits
>>> o with more than one x or q
>>> o starting with "buy"
>>> o longer than 20 characters
>>> o with more than 4 consonants in a row
>> As other's've mentioned, many of these constraints impose undue burden on
>> users with linguistic heritage outside of western Europe. Creating a decent
>> filter for recognizing legitimate names across the majority of languages is
>> quite difficult.
>> Though there's no reason this has to be a strong blacklisting of
>> usernames. If there's a willing volunteer (as seems to have been implied),
>> then something like this could serve as a filter requiring manual override.
>> All usernames are available... but some take longer to activate. Of course,
>> there's always the power-to-weight issue for this kind of solution.
> Yeah, I volunteered.  I'd like to see some kind of random round-robin
> system to dispatch approval edits to a group of volunteers (i.e., if I only
> had to scan 10 or so edits for spam a day -- I don't feel inclined to read
> for correctness).  It wouldn't be so bad if there was 10-20 volunteers. I
> suppose a lot less could do it if it was just approving user requests (but,
> I also think that would be less effective at stopping spam)
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