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Appropedia talk:Flagging spam

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I thought I'd look for mediawiki extensions that might help with the spam situation. looks reasonably useful, except that there does not seem to be any particular consistency in the links we are getting in spam at the moment. looks like it could be useful - if the spam edits are mostly robots. I'm assuming they are

A couple of other things we could do would be to limit the number of letters in the usernames in the spamfilter.

I will add other stuff here if/when I find any. Joeturner 01:19, 8 March 2013 (PST)

I also notice that spam usernames are often 9 letters long. I wonder if we should prevent new usernames being exactly 9 letters long.. Joeturner 03:28, 8 March 2013 (PST)

Thanks for the suggestions. This should have been fixed by now, but we've had hiccups with our upgrade, and are back to looking for a suitable lead developer who is very reliable, knows MediaWiki very well and as much as possible knows Semantic MediaWiki. (We had a good one but he became unavailable.)
We do have blacklists, which admins (such as you) can edit. See MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist, MediaWiki:Spam-whitelist and MediaWiki:Usernameblacklist.
We have SimpleAntiSpam - see Special:Version for all our extensions & settings. I wonder if it could be tweaked, especially for the registration page, which is where our biggest problem is. We need a PHP programmer for that.
We also have the very flexible AbuseFilter (which stops a lot of spam here but I haven't set it up to filter registrations). I could probably use it to recognize certain patterns such as length of username (well spotted, thanks) and put up an "Are you sure?" screen. That's usually enough to stop a spam bot. I can do that pronto. --Chriswaterguy 12:01, 22 May 2013 (PDT)