[Clipart] Progress and Roadmap

Bryce Harrington bryce at bryceharrington.com
Thu Nov 11 17:21:46 PST 2004

On Thu, 11 Nov 2004, Stephen Silver wrote:
> Jon Phillips wrote:
> > 1. SPAMMERS to be banned. Also, how does anyone of us go about banning 
> > people?
> > 
> >
> > 
> > We need to do some collective brainstorming on how to defeat or offset 
> > these spammers. I'm getting really sick of them, but am not willing to 
> > be defeated ourselves and implement username/password for our project.
> A couple of ideas:
> 1) Block edits from all (mainland) Chinese IP addresses.  Most of the 
>    spam comes from such IP addresses (e.g., all the IP addresses you 
>    listed above are Chinese).  I'm not aware of any legitimate edits 
>    from such IP addresses, and it would always be possible to unblock 
>    specific ranges if someone needs to use them.

If you can find the IP range corresponding to this, we can add blocks
for them.  

> 2) A faster process for blocking IP addresses and text strings would
>    be useful.  Currently it often takes a week or so to get anything 
>    blocked, during which time the spammer abuses even more pages.

This is my fault, since I often can't get to it right away.  The ideal
way to solve this would be to add one or two more admins able to enact
these bans.  You and Rejon would seem to be the best two candidates for
this.  I'd be happy to add either or both of you if you're willing to
take the duty.

> By the way, if someone with the power to do so could delete all the
> pages created by this would get rid of most of the
> spam that's currently on the wiki.



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