Quantiki:How to deal with vandals

Do you think they use automatic systems to create user accounts? Then it may be useful to make people enter a distorted number code from an image (like the things you have to do when subscribing to yahoo). In any case, as long as there's less then 1 per week I'm happy to undo all the changes myself, it's really not much work at all. Burgarth 19:36, 13 Dec 2005 (GMT)

I suggest we should limit the access to Quantiki only to accepted authors. The way of granting approval to edit the content requires further discussion. --Isabeau 19:38, 13 Dec 2005 (GMT)

I think that the idea of the image code is good. It is simple, not very annoying, and hopefully efficient. In my opinion we shouldn't restrict or limit access to any one (but vandals of course) beceause it is very 'unwiki'. Gawron 20:56, 13 Dec 2005 (GMT)

Looking at the users list I see at least four (Pidorok111, Lanzar999, Zorro378, Batman234) users creaed by vandals. I agree that idea with images is good. How fast we can implement it and who will do it? Qwiki had an idea that user had to give his full name during the registration. But right now they have problems with the same vandals (see: [1]). --Jarekadam 08:14, 14 Dec 2005 (GMT)

A short google research shows that this technique is know as (or at least used by a program called) captcha. Another wiki uses it to have ANY edit confirmed (not just the user creation). But do we want an image check at each edit??? And, do we think that the spammers use scripts??? Finally, if not, won't they just get bored after some time and leave us alone? I also learned that due to the rel=nofollow link attribute spamming on quantiki is pointless anyway, hopefully they will realise that? Burgarth 11:44, 14 Dec 2005 (GMT)

I wonder if there is a possibility to limit access to Quantiki to users who have introduced themselves in User Talk? Maybe that could discourage some of vandals, or if they are automats, disable their ability to edit the content. --Isabeau 19:31, 18 Dec 2005 (GMT)


Of course they could set up their automats to create a User Talk, too. But I think it could be a good idea anyway, it would at least increase the effort they'd have to put in, and a nice side effect would be that we know who all the other (good) people editing quantiki are. I haven't checked yet if such a restriction is easy to implement. Burgarth 10:47, 19 Dec 2005 (GMT)

I've just added the SpamBlacklist extension from wikimedia, which should help stop spammers adding content. --Alastair 21:58, 22 December 2005 (GMT)

Is there any particular reason for which image upload has been disabled? Burgarth 10:16, 31 January 2006 (GMT)

There's a new kind of captcha technology that's out there: http://alipr.com/captcha/ It's patent pending, though, so I don't know what hoops you might have to jump through to use it, if you wanted to use it.