[pydotorg-www] Python Wiki Spam

Paul Boddie paul at boddie.org.uk
Mon Mar 18 19:58:06 CET 2013

On Monday 18 March 2013 19:00:37 Radomir Dopieralski wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 6:51 PM, Paul Boddie <paul at boddie.org.uk> wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > We're getting a fair amount of spam on the Python Wiki. Can someone with
> > administrative privileges check that the textcha feature is enabled and
> > has been given a set of effective questions?
> You can see that it is enabled by visiting this link:
> http://wiki.python.org/moin/FrontPage?action=newaccount
> (make sure you are logged out)
> As for the questions, I'm open to suggestions.

I don't think "How many words are in this question?" is really setting the bar 
very high for spammers. Textcha questions are supposed to retain the context 
of the site on which they are placed so that bulk spamming cannot just scrape 
the question and serve it up to someone on some other site. This means that 
we should be asking Python-related questions, not simple "Are you human?" 
questions that ceased to be effective about ten years ago.


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