[Bioperl-l] bioperl wiki spam

Chris Fields cjfields at illinois.edu
Mon Mar 14 18:25:05 UTC 2011

On use of Recaptcha: according to the ConfirmEdit page (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:ConfirmEdit):

"Unfortunately, reCAPTCHA might be a victim of its own success - as of 2011, some spammers appear to have figured out a way to bypass it, either through character recognition or by using humans. For that reason, it is not necessarily recommended."

I agree about the barrier to entry issue, but unfortunately with the wiki we're facing a reality check re: spam attacks.  We can probably set up a new group for users that allows account approval, though, which might alleviate the process somewhat.


On Mar 14, 2011, at 1:12 PM, Scott Cain wrote:

> Hi Chris,
> The GMOD wiki has been getting hit similarly.  I've been thinking
> about the "vampire" model that EcoliWiki uses: once you have an
> account, you have the ability to approve other people's accounts.  The
> hope being to distribute the load.  I'm not thrilled about it though:
> I want the barrier to entry to be as low as possible.  We already make
> it so that you have to have an account to edit, passing a recaptcha on
> the way.  Apparently that barrier is already a little too low :-/
> Scott
> On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM, Chris Fields <cjfields at illinois.edu> wrote:
>> All,
>> We have been getting inundated on the wiki with spam lately.  In order to get on top of this, I'm thinking about having the wiki set up so wiki admins approve new user accounts, using the ConfirmAccount plugin:
>> http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:ConfirmAccount
>> I wanted to get everyone's opinion on this prior to enforcing it.  The queue is pretty configurable, and one can set this to auto-delete old requests.
>> Any thoughts?
>> chris
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