[pp.int.general] Spam on the wiki

Giulio Prisco giulio at gmail.com
Fri May 27 13:07:04 CEST 2011

Re "tihis would contradict the whole idea of a wiki" -- not really,
once a user has been approved (s)he can freely edit all pages for
which (s)he has been granted edit rights.

I have managed many large wikis and, even though we always started
with open access, we always had to introduce access control to keep
spam out at some point. I think a wiki is defined by collaborative
editing features more than by open access policy.

As soon as a wiki is listed in the databases of spammers, you start
getting tens of spam edits _per hour_ -- no way to keep spam out with
one or two volunteer admins.

On Fri, May 27, 2011 at 12:57 PM,
<gregory.engels at piratenpartei-hessen.de> wrote:
> On Thu, 26 May 2011 15:03:53 +0100, Philip Hunt
> <cabalamat at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> The wiki seems to be getting a lot of spam, e.g.:
>> Maybe we need to update the configuration so only pre-approved people
>> can create an account?
> tihis would contradict the whole idea of a wiki.
> what you could do, if you found spam is:
> edit the page and include
> {{delete| Spam. }}
> on the top of the page.
> ylternatively you can also chose to empty the page.
> cu, Gregory
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