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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [Mwiki] a massive spam attack. Again
Date Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:06:12 GMT
On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 1:28 PM, jan i <jani@apache.org> wrote:
> On 6 February 2014 19:00, helen <helenrussian@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hi there,
>>
>> I'm Helen, a Wi admin. https://wiki.openoffice.org/wiki/User:Helen_russian
>>
>> Since 5th Feb. MWiki is under a massive spam attack.
>> Please take a look: https://wiki.openoffice.org/wiki/Special:Log/delete ,
>> https://wiki.openoffice.org/wiki/Special:Log/block
>>
>
> I warned about exactly that, but  I was asked (see JIRAs) to remove the
> cats (captcha). If you read the JIRA (which was watched be several in here)
> you will see my warning.
>
> The simple captcha we have in place, is browser safe, but not very
> efficient. I assume the admins as such wanted the change (otherwise I am
> sure the task would not have been added).
>
> Another captcha was suggested, but with the note "not tested on mediawiki"
> (or something similar). We only install extensions supported by mediawiki
> of course.
>

A simpler solution:  Why not add back the "cat" captcha, but only show
it to the spammers?

Regards,

-Rob

(OK.  That is a joke.  But I was once asked by a manager, many years
ago, to improve a spell checker so it only reported misspellings of
words that were in the dictionary.)


> If the admins wants a change, then please have a discussion about it on the
> ML, and once agreed upon, file a JIRA.
>
> rgds
> jan I.
>
>
> Please help.
>>
>> --
>> Regards,
>> Helen
>>
>>
>>
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