On 2/12/06, Gordon Joly <gordon.joly(a)pobox.com> wrote:
I have started a few wikis (using Mediawiki, and kept up to date) and
I have found that we are being spammed, about once every ten days.
Usually links to drug (pharmaceuticals) sales sites in hidden text.
These wikis are very low traffic but are linked from Metawiki at:
I have also noticed a wiki that has been set up and the WikiSysop has
no idea how to actually build content in the site. So, what does he
get? Spam! No content, nothing. Just spam.
It would seem WikiSysops should be made aware of their
responsibilities, when Mediawiki software is installed. Should theyt
have to pass a test? It is great that installation is so easy, but
that lowers the threshold of a potential WikiSysop admin to be
verging on the almost clueless.
This is like saying that before a person is allowed to install vBulletin on
their site, they need to take a test to make sure they know which kinds of
users should be banned and what kind of forums should be made. You can't
force people to take a test to use software, they can use it however they
see fit, whether they have a clue or not.
I'm not stupid, just selectively ignorant.