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Old 13th Jan 2005, 06:08 PM   #1
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Wiki is being carpet bombed

If anyone who visits the wiki and knows how to revert pages, could you please help me out here, the slowness of beyondunreal.com is making it impossible to keep up with these hand full of spammers and they don't seem to be stopping.
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Old 13th Jan 2005, 06:42 PM   #2
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..and it just exploded. Which is good I guess...
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Old 13th Jan 2005, 08:18 PM   #3
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We took it down for a bit till the spammer left and then I blocked that IP addy from accessing all BU sites.
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Old 13th Jan 2005, 09:44 PM   #4
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Sexcellent.

The mess is almost cleaned up now, but it was some of the worse spamming I have ever seen yet. It really was something fierce, if you hadn't blocked it that evil might have started respamming its old pages after it completely bombed the whole wiki. I don't know how many pages it messed with. but on my 1200 x 900 monitor it is many rolls of the scroll wheel on the recent changes page.
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Old 17th Jan 2005, 02:28 PM   #5
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Thanks larrystorch

Mychaeel has now implemented a system to automatically block people who post spammy external links.
It's caught one of the b****** already
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Old 17th Jan 2005, 06:08 PM   #6
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Pff, hope the wanker that did this gets a sharp taste of Chongqing.
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Old 18th Jan 2005, 02:28 AM   #7
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That, and a (hopefully) sharp taste of getting a complaint filed with their ISP. (Though, sadly enough, there are quite spammer-friendly ISPs out there. But then at least we can ban their entire IP range with a clean conscience.)

Since tarquin wrote that, another spammer tripped the trap and got auto-blocked. As simple as it is, the filter seems to be quite effective so far.
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Old 18th Jan 2005, 06:53 AM   #8
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Nice work with the trap!
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Old 26th Jan 2005, 06:54 AM   #9
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I don't suppose that can be adapted for the forums in any way?
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Old 26th Jan 2005, 07:22 AM   #10
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Totally different problem.

Wiki spam is characterized by a lot of links (500+) being pasted on one or many wiki pages. The idea is to improve the spammed pages' Google PageRank that way. The wiki filter works by preventing the addition of that many links to wiki pages.

Forum spam is, well, unsolicited advertising in the forums. You'd need a full-fledged text pattern-based spam filter to even attempt to distinguish that from solicited postings.

We rarely get that or something similar on the wiki, and if we do, it's only a minor annoyance compared to the mess the huge spam attacks leave to be cleaned up.
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Old 26th Jan 2005, 02:33 PM   #11
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That, and a (hopefully) sharp taste of getting a complaint filed with their ISP.
I actually got a response to one of my complaints:

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Dear Sir/Madam,

We have already issued a warning to the user to ensure that such activity is not repeated in future. Hence we would request you to consider this case as closed. The Trouble Ticket Number for this complaint is '2973'.

Please do contact us if the incident repeats again.

Assuring you the best of our services.

Thanking you.

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Old 27th Jan 2005, 12:28 AM   #12
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The wiki is a such a good resource and the bible for n00b mappers and coders like me, it really sucks to see people do this sometimes.
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Old 29th Jan 2005, 09:09 AM   #13
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I actually got a response to one of my complaints:
Was the gist of that reply stating something along the lines of "don't bother us again 'cos there's jack we're going to do about it." ?

I guess, unless you threaten them with legal action, someone's monthly DSL subscription money is always going to win out.
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Old 29th Jan 2005, 09:18 AM   #14
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Well, I've got no idea whether they did anything at all, of course, but I like to think that they did. And you can bet I'll "contact [them] if the incident repeats again."

Here's another one:

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we will take the necessary actions to stop this kind of illegal activity.

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Old 14th Mar 2005, 01:27 PM   #15
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I was most disgusted with the main wiki site when some German neo-nazis invaded the history section and altered a great deal of the holocaust areas. It was quite a shame.
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 03:31 PM   #16
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And that is related to UnrealWiki... how?
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 03:50 PM   #17
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the main wiki site
You mean Wikipedia?
Unreal Wiki is not connected to Wikipedia in any way.
'wiki' is just a way of running and organizing a site's content -- like 'forum' or 'blog'.

but yeah, it's not good when that sort of thing happens
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