[Systems] A lot of many permablocked spammer accounts
fgrose at gmail.com
Tue Jun 19 15:16:15 EDT 2012
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On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 1:59 PM, Chris Leonard <cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com>wrote:
> Bernie and I were chatting and after he helped me with my skin
> problem, the topic of the massive number of spambot accounts still
> existing came up.
> What do you think of this extension as a possible clean-up solution?
> I'd be happy to chip in on going through the block logs and doing some
> merging into a single vandal account (of the permablocks), as time
> Please let me know if you are admin on the devel instance (I think you
> are) and if you have an interest in trying this out.
> Warmest Regards,
> P.S. Thanks for all the countervandalism you do.
> cjl what can I do t odiagnose my wiki.sl.o problem?
> bernie what problem?
> cjl no sidebars or top bar show
> cjl A skin issue?
> bernie ah probably
> cjl How would I investigate?
> cjl If you know..
> bernie try Vector
> bernie and tell me which skin you had
> cjl shikiwiki is fscked
> cjl thanks, much better now
> bernie ah yea
> bernie we don't have shikiwiki any more
> bernie i should fix the prefs
> cjl That would be great
> bernie ok i'm changing all users with shikiwiki to vector
> bernie wow we have so many spambot user accounts
> cjl bernie: I sort of wish there was a way to trim out those
> instead of just permablocking them
> bernie ah there's no delete user thing?
> cjl I don'y think so, at least not that I've found.
> cjl Integrity of the history thing I guess.
> cjl of course when your history is spammed by say Pootle, that
> can be
> a pain, can't it.
> bernie you could merge them all into Spammer
> cjl hmm, that is an idea
> cjl Do we have that extension installed?
> bernie we'll soon do
> bernie damn i have to go now
> bernie ok we won't have it SOON
> bernie are you a wiki admin?
> bernie if so, can you pls install it on wiki-devel and see how it
> bernie wow our wiki is 3GB!
> bernie plus the db
> cjl bernie, I think I am b-crat and admin, but I am not
> doing changes like that.
> cjl I can ask FGrose about it
> cjl he is carrying the heavy load of countervandalism these days
> bernie ok
> cjl I hung up my spam hammer when I got heavy into L10n
> bernie (anyway, nobody will ever complain if you break wiki-devel)
> bernie that's why we have it
> bernie gotta run!
I looked at /srv/www-sugarlabs/wiki-devel/extensions-all/ on sunjammer and
found no UserMerge subdirectory. (It does appear in .../wiki/extensions/
and .../wiki-testing/extensions/ , which are at different versions.)
I also noticed on the extension talk page,
several recent issues.
In principle it seems OK, but the annoyance of the extra users is not
something that affects most users, so I've differed the effort for now. (I
need to leave soon for a couple of days, and can pick up the discussion
All of the spammer accounts were created before 2010 July 13, when I forced
new account to use OpenID.
In late April 2012, we re-opened wiki level accounts due to some
I've been watching the new User creation log,
and see not too many with no contributions, and no spam so far.
I've become inclined toward outsourced authentication, such as provided by
OpenID; but there is also an important place for experimenting in order to
integrate new features and services with regard to development projects:
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