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Wiki is being carpet bombed

Discussion in 'Site Discussion / Suggestions' started by MozTS, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. MozTS

    MozTS Us And Them

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    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.
     
  2. MozTS

    MozTS Us And Them

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    ..and it just exploded. Which is good I guess...
     
  3. larrystorch

    larrystorch New Member

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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.
     
  4. MozTS

    MozTS Us And Them

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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.
     
  5. tarquin

    tarquin design is flawed

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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 :D
     
  6. Zur

    Zur surrealistic mad cow

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    Pff, hope the wanker that did this gets a sharp taste of Chongqing.
     
  7. Mychaeel

    Mychaeel New Member

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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.
     
  8. hal

    hal Dictator Staff Member

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    Nice work with the trap!
     
  9. [UM]theswarm

    [UM]theswarm Spork of the Apocalypse!

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    I don't suppose that can be adapted for the forums in any way?
     
  10. Mychaeel

    Mychaeel New Member

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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.
     
  11. Mychaeel

    Mychaeel New Member

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    I actually got a response to one of my complaints:

     
  12. nick89

    nick89 Mr High Ping

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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.
     
  13. JohnnySix

    JohnnySix Caffienated Haemoglobin

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    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. :(
     
  14. Mychaeel

    Mychaeel New Member

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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:

     
  15. Aegeri

    Aegeri Mad Microbiologist, of ASSHATTERY

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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.
     
  16. Dark Pulse

    Dark Pulse Dolla, Dolla. Holla, Holla.

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    And that is related to UnrealWiki... how?
     
  17. tarquin

    tarquin design is flawed

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    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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