User talk:Daggerstab

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Cleaning up fake user accounts?

Hi Daggerstab,

Now that you've activated the user creation log, it seems that a lot of fake user accounts are continuously created. It might be that the number of fake users is already quite large. Would it be an idea (if this isn't done automatically yet) to delete users, older than say 3 months, who never contributed anything? Might clean up the wiki database quite a bit.

Cheers and keep up the good work as admin!

Didgeweb 18:36, 1 December 2010 (UTC)

I thought the creation log was visible before? Anyway, I haven't done anything special about it. The MediaWiki software that runs the wiki was updated to a newer version yesterday.
The new accounts that have appeared today are spammers, but the SpamBlacklist extension is finally working properly and they can't post their spam. :)
As far as I know, user accounts can't be deleted without editing directly the SQL database. I prefer not to do that. :)
I can try to put some kind of captcha verification on the registration page. This will solve the problem with new registrations, if these are bots, but not if they are humans.--Daggerstab 18:50, 1 December 2010 (UTC)


Hi Daggerstab. If you're still active, can you look into Thebig-J's behavior? Cheers

Didgeweb 03:55, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

Блок со мной, если хочешь, я никогда больше не будет. Во всяком случае, я не знаю Stellarium.

I've blocked them. I'll probably give you Administrator rights later, after I check the current condition of the wiki. I haven't logged in for some time.--Daggerstab 15:57, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

Thanks :-) Guess I missed one page when reverting.

Didgeweb 15:58, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

The user contributions page lists for which pages the user have made the last edit. They are marked with (top), see for example Special:Contributions/Daggerstab. :) --Daggerstab 16:01, 9 July 2012 (UTC)
Thanks :-) When in doubt, I'll take extra care. Didgeweb 17:24, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

User creation

Hi Daggerstab,

The moment you enabled user creation again, the fake accounts kept on coming again. Is there a way to add a captcha, or perhaps add some sort of authorization by a sys-admin?

Cheers, Didgeweb 18:10, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

There is a simple verification question, but apparently it's solved easily by humans and then the bots use the results. We can't use more sophisticated verification, such as Google's ReCaptcha, because of SourceForge's hosting limitations (no outgoing connections are allowed).
I'll try to enable a blacklist of open proxies, but it's possible that it will run into the same problem.--Daggerstab 12:51, 21 July 2013 (UTC)
Let's see what happens ;-) . I cannot see though how to enable / disable user creation (referring to enabling / disabling the comment on the login page).
Cheers Didgeweb 03:48, 22 July 2013 (UTC)
You can't do it from within the interface. You need server access to do that.
Anyway, DNSBL has been enabled, and it seems to work - there have been no spam accounts registered recently. A possible problem would be false positives, that is, people who are not spammers but are blocked from editing because some spammer has used their IP address in the past. I probably have to add a warning to MediaWiki:Loginstart‎.--Daggerstab 07:51, 22 July 2013 (UTC)
Would have guessed so ;-) I'll keep checking the page regularly. Cheers Didgeweb 08:16, 22 July 2013 (UTC)
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