[pydotorg-www] Vandalism/spam on wiki.python.org: changes to default permissions

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Tue Jun 3 13:05:13 CEST 2014

On 31.05.2014 22:49, M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
> Hello,
> in recent weeks, the Python Wiki has seen an increasing amount of
> spam and vandalism:
> https://wiki.python.org/moin/RecentChanges?max_days=60
> Since the textchas we've been using apparently no longer serve their
> intended purposes, I've now pulled the plug and disabled editing
> permissions for new users:
> https://wiki.python.org/moin/FrontPage (see "Editing pages")
> I've added a new user group called NewUsersGroup, which does
> get editing rights, but we'll have to manage this manually and
> new users who want to receive editing rights will have to write
> to this mailing list to be added to the group.

FYI: I've renamed the group page to EditorsGroup. That's a better
fit for what we intend to use it for.

If people show a good track record they can then be moved on
to the TrustedEditorsGroup, which removes the need to enter

> I'm sorry for having to take this step, but the level of spam
> and (more importantly) vandalism we've been getting is too high
> to keep the wiki as open as it used to be.
> Please regard the above step as emergency action. I'm more than
> open to discussing alternative approaches to the situation, since
> I don't like this step myself.
> PS: I've only applied the new configuration to the Python wiki.
> We may also have to take this step for the Jython wiki.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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