[Pdbwiki-devel] Spam through comments

Dan Bolser dan.bolser at gmail.com
Wed Jun 3 18:07:39 EDT 2009

2009/6/3 Jose M. Duarte <jose.m.duarte at gmail.com>:
> So it happened: first spam comment through the comments extension was
> submitted yesterday! (on entry 1exv, I've removed it now)
> Assuming that was a bot I'm really impressed, they are good! Then again I'm
> not quite sure why they bother writing all this amazing robots if there's no
> link/advert or anything useful in the spam message...

Yeah, its a strange business. The captcha on MetaBase went down and
within one day it was being spammed...

> Anyway we'll have to follow this closely. Let's see how often we get it and
> if they become very aggresive... For sure some time soon it will time to
> start thinking about captchas. My first idea was to have our own (very
> basic) implementation, which should be straight forward to code.

Right. However, I guess it would be worth contacting the original
author of that extension first to see if he has any suggestions about
how it could be integrated with recaptcha. It could be that there is a
simple way to call those routines.

Certainly the developers of recaptcha have put a lot of effort into
making their tool easy to use, so perhaps another route is just to
look at that code and not worry about how its done 'the mediawiki

In the mean time I'll keep an eye out for edits and check they are not spam.

Take care,

> Jose
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