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« on: December 26, 2005, 11:04:14 PM »

We have been hit with 4 different spambots in less than 24 hours, what is going on?

Is there anyway to stop these things?
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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2005, 11:08:14 PM »

Great Rao,

please look at this link and try to put some of its ideas into play:

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Anti-spam_Features
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2005, 05:08:17 AM »

Those things are crazy and devious.
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2006, 08:43:07 PM »

Most of those anti-spam features only work on the newer versions of MediaWiki, so Supermanica is now off-line while I upgrade from 1.4b6 to the latest.

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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2006, 09:26:11 PM »

Upgrade to 1.5.5 completed.  Some of the mediawiki features have changed, including some new user group stuff, so speak up if there are any problems.

We've now got every anti-spam feature that's on that page which is linked to above, including the SpamBlacklist extension, and even the extra "bad-behavior spambot blocking" extension that is linked to at the very bottom.

If any spammers manage to sneak through after all this, I'll eat my hat.

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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2006, 11:03:20 PM »

Hurray! Cheesy

I really hope this spells the end of the spambot problems we were having.

Thank you!
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2006, 07:48:23 AM »

Rao, having spent part of my holidays disinfecting my hard-drive, I have an inkling of ho difficult it is to set something like this up --thanks very much for all the hard work!
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2006, 05:28:42 PM »

You're very welcome!

Yes, doing the upgrade was a hassle, which was the reason I had been putting it off.

But things had gotten to the point where the spammers were a bigger hassle and fortunately the upgrade went smoothly.

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