[Haskell] Spam on HaskellWiki

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Sat Dec 13 14:24:24 EST 2008

> This is beginning to annoy people. Actually, someone registered several 
> thousand accounts (of the form XxxxxXxxxx), though almost all of them 
> have not been used. The others have been used to add spam.
> I can block user accounts and IP addresses, and I can grant this 
> privilege to others on whatever basis the Haskell community think 
> appropriate.
> I have CheckUser installed (allows me to find the IP addresses of a 
> given user, and find edits from a particular IP address), and this is 
> also a grantable privilege. However, given that the spam is coming from 
> quite a number of IP addresses, I suspect there is some kind of botnet 
> involved.
> There is a tool called "rollback" that allows one-click revert of one or 
> more sequential edits from the same user, which makes reverting spam a 
> one-click-per-page operation. Again, this is a grantable privilege and 
> in any case relatively harmless. However, it is only available with 
> MediaWiki 1.9 and later, and HaskellWiki is running MediaWiki 1.5.4, so 
> this means doing an upgrade. The current stable release is 1.13.2.

Should we be thinking about upgrading now?

I imagine there are other benefits...

-- Don

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