[Foundation-l] Wikipedia tracks user behaviour via third party companies

Alex mrzmanwiki at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 04:15:23 UTC 2009

John at Darkstar wrote:
>> One idea is the proposal to install the AbuseFilter in a global mode,
>> i.e. rules loaded at Meta that apply everywhere.  If that were done
>> (and there are some arguments about whether it is a good idea), then
>> it could be used to block these types of URLs from being installed,
>> even by admins.
> Identifying client side generated urls from server side opens up a whole
> lot of problems of its own. Basically you need a script that runs in a
> hostile environment and reports back to a server when a whole series of
> urls are injected from code loaded from some sources (mediawiki-space)
> but not from other sources user space), still code loaded from user
> space through call to mediawiki space should be allowed. Add to this
> that your url identifying code has to run after a script has generated
> the url and before it do any cleanup. The url verification can't just
> say that a url is hostile, it has to check it somehow, and that leads to
> reporting of the url - if the reporting code still executes at that
> moment. Urk...

Hmm? There's no reason to do anything like that. The AbuseFilter would
just prevent sitewide JS pages from being saved with the particular URLs
or a particular code block in them. It'll stop the well-meaning but
misguided admins. Short of restricting site JS to the point of
uselessness, you'll never be able to stop determined abusers.

Alex (wikipedia:en:User:Mr.Z-man)

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