First of all, I wanted to thank y'all for your birthday wishes last week. I hope you all enjoyed Wiki Sparkle Weekend
Unfortunately I get a little non-communicative when under stress, and it's been a very busy couple of months. (Work things, bridesmaid in my sister's wedding, etc., etc.) But hey, I have time to update my journal!
...and not much to say. Foo.
Oh, I could detail all my family stuff, and I ought to, but now when it comes to it I can't think straight. Damn. Well, I'll get to it eventually.
This week I have banned over 70 spambots from the wiki. I've got a little procedure now:
- Check Recent Changes (my wiki bookmark), revert any spam that hasn't been reverted yet, ban the spammer
- If no spam, check Statistics, see if the number of registered users has gone up
- If so, list all users, copy and paste into this spreadsheet I'm maintaining
- Compare the new list to the old list, find the new user(s)
- If the new user matches the primary spambot pattern (6-letter random alphanumeric), ban it
- If it matches the secondary spambot pattern (more real-sounding name, usually some numbers), look them up on Google, LJ, and JF -- not that there's any point, there's never any results -- and then ban it
- Check back in a few hours, see number of users has gone up, repeat
- Debate making a bot myself to do this.
Someone (confusingly sounding a bit like a spammer himself) left a note in my last post
about this, showing my efforts are not going unnoticed by the general wiki community. (The fact that there is
a wiki community and that they notice the FW Wiki is very, very odd.) Yes, there an extension
that could be added to prevent spambots from creating accounts or editing, but (a) we'd have to upgrade the wiki software and it only just came back from the near dead
, and (b) I have no administrative access anyway, that's Hnky's job. Still, it would make my
job a lot easier. :)
(Not that it would stop me from checking Recent Changes every few hours, anyway. Sigh, addiction is a strange and sad thing.)
And speaking of strange and sad addictions... AoA Sinister fan!mouse, I finally replied to you
, sorry for the delay. Hope you come back and check sometime and we can figure out who you thought I was. :)