[pydotorg-www] Python Wiki Spam

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Tue Mar 19 09:14:53 CET 2013

On 18.03.2013 19:58, Paul Boddie wrote:
> 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.

Reimar is currently running a test on the Jython wiki. He marked
"http" as bad content, which results in all edits including that
word to get rejected.

At least on the Jython wiki, this has apparently stopped the spam
pages from getting created:


It's not a permanent solution, though, since it prevents adding
links to pages.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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