Hi, Tels -
These are all great suggestions. I'm going to embark on the great
anti-spam project tonight!
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On Monday 31 July 2006 01:17, elisa.cooper(a)breakingranks.net wrote:
Hi, Tel -
I don't understand what's going on with all those usernames. I checked
their contributions, and there's nothing there. How do these enable the
spam? I don't want to accidentally block a real user, either.
Thats a though question, but usually spammers reserve usernames in
because on some wikis you can only do certain edits/things after your
username is of a certain age.
Why I think these were spammers is because they used the form
[randomword][randomnumber]@[yourowndomain] and I do think legitimate users
wouldnt do this. I mean, these email adresses actually exist? Probably
Also, if I both block anon edits and block
creation of new users, how
will anyone be able to contribute to the wiki?
You can block certain usernames (like the ones I mention) with some
extension, I forgot it's name. That's a good idea if you allow anyone to
register freely, because some clown might try to register "admin" or
"AMlNlSTRATOR" and cause grief for others, too :D
Anon edits can (should IMHO for smaller wikis) be blocked so that only
can edit. (anon edits are not, well, creditable as edits by someone with a
verified email address).
Also, you should enable that the users email is verified before allowing
user to be created. That would cut out certain bogus usernames. (I think
everyone on the internet should have by now an email address to sign up
your wiki :) In addition, it gives real users the change to be contacted
In addition, you can set it up so that only the admin can add users, but
then users need to email you before they can join and edit.
Here is a wiki where only admins can create new users:
As far as I know, it has been virtually spamfree all the time.
It's all a trade-off between keeping the spammers out, and letting the
easily in. You have to find a compromise for your wiki.
Please forgive me if these are "duh"
questions. I'm just getting started
Don't worry we all started sometime :-)
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