I have cleaned out the remaining spam from last night but as Frank says
there is still a need to find a longer term solution. In the shorter term a
method for automatically removing the same block of content from all pages
in one shot (eg the Find and Replace I use in Dreamweaver) would deal with
many of these issues quickly as most seem to post the same block of content
across the pages.
> More spam today.
> I don't know who has admin status, but this looks like a quicker way
> to revert all changes by the spamming user, instead of normal users
> reverting page by page:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:How_to_revert_a_page_to_an_earlier_version#Admins >
> As a possible prevention method, a change can be made to
> LocalSettings.php to turn on "SpamRegex" to block certain markup (this
> is suggested: $wgSpamRegex="/<div/", since most people don't use div
> in their wiki pages). Can we have this on the OSM wiki?
Yes, I've done the div hack as above. This would catch all the spam I've
seen so far, if it doesn't work then I'll try the other things you
listed - thanks for doing so :-)
Good page, with a nice explanation! But the "rollback" links aren't
pwefect, they sometimes rollback to a spammer version of the page. So
remmember to check that it's the correct version, after you have
The '&bot=1' thing is also abit tedious, you have to have a link to
rollback to beable to mark a user as a bot. So and since the if
someone already reverted all the spam you can't mark person as a bot.
What is nice about marking people as bots and using rollbacks is that
the reverts and the edits by bots doesn't show up in the
recentchanges. I think if I was a bureaucrat I could mark people as
bots, even without rollback links.