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

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Sat May 31 22:49:58 CEST 2014


in recent weeks, the Python Wiki has seen an increasing amount of
spam and vandalism:


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.

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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