Author Topic: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers  (Read 8716 times)

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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #15: September 23, 2011, 05:01:24 PM »
don't worry i hate them as much as you do, it's a very sad way of earning money.
I found it especially bizarre to see them active on BM wiki.
Why would they come and bug a non profit game community?

Is there any way you  can track down the source?
everything leaves a trace right?
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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #16: September 23, 2011, 07:58:06 PM »
don't worry i hate them as much as you do, it's a very sad way of earning money.
I found it especially bizarre to see them active on BM wiki.
Why would they come and bug a non profit game community?

Is there any way you  can track down the source?
everything leaves a trace right?

Unfortunately there's nothing you could do--they are probably using a compromised computer, or they are using an internet cafe or starbucks, or they are in some country that doesn't care.

And even if you did get one to stop, that's just one--there's a million others out there.

Unless, of course, you buy my patent-pending AntiSpammer Spray! Just spray your server and keep the spammers away! Only $19.95US plus $300.25AU shipping and handling!

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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #17: September 25, 2011, 08:10:59 AM »
I thought that one needed to create a user page before doing other edits? Yet they don't seem to be creating any.

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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #18: September 25, 2011, 03:12:37 PM »

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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #19: September 25, 2011, 06:29:45 PM »
sometimes they just create the "talk" part of their user page. I've seen some of the non-spammers do the same.

This counts?

Maybe if this was changed, it could help? If they truly are automated bots, that is.

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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #20: September 25, 2011, 11:24:39 PM »

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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #21: September 26, 2011, 02:43:34 PM »
The wiki update does not seem to have slowed down the spammers.... :(
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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #22: September 26, 2011, 03:49:35 PM »
The wiki update does not seem to have slowed down the spammers.... :(

Then go and find me an extension to ask questions, query the BM database, anything. I don't have time to search right now, but I will gladly add an extension that helps us.

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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #23: September 26, 2011, 04:01:09 PM »
Anaris mentioned this one: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:SimpleAntiSpam

I did a quick check the other day and seem to remember seeing one that might help. I'll go back and check again.
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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #25: September 29, 2011, 08:14:07 AM »
it doesnt seem to have worked.
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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #26: September 29, 2011, 09:41:50 AM »
spammers have probably evolved from when that was written.

So, find me a better extension, and I'll install it. I just don't have the time to hunt for anti-spam extensions right now.


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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #27: September 29, 2011, 09:46:08 AM »
If I even knew where to Look O Almighty Tom, I would ;) (am guessing its on that mediawiki thingy)
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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #28: September 29, 2011, 10:49:56 AM »
http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:ConfirmEdit

This might work, implements CAPTCHA techniques including Math ones, images ones and question ones. I think it can even be configured to only bother people when an external link is detected in the edit.
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Re: Playing Whack-A-Mole with Spammers
« Reply #29: September 29, 2011, 11:07:56 AM »
http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:QuestyCaptcha

Question: Name one of the two Testing Islands.

Would be simple enough anyone who plays Battlemaster I think.
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