LiteratePrograms:Dealing with spammers

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At one time LiteratePrograms had an extensive wiki spam problem. Since then a number of important mechanisms have been implemented to prevent further disruption based on IP address and a global spam URL blacklist. However, they require the continual assistance of Power Users to deal with spammers who slip through the filters:

  • MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist allows edits containing URLs to be blocked based on matching regular expressions. Many URLs are already blocked via the global blacklist, but additional URLs can be added here. MediaWiki:Spam-whitelist allows blocked URLs to be whitelisted in case they are needed.
  • Special:AbuseFilter allows the automatic prevention of edits and blocking of users based on a variety of properties, such as username, edit content, and so on. It can be tailored to match the behavior of spammers we observe.
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