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Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« on: May 01, 2007, 09:52:02 pm »
I just when to look at the big wall wiki and some of the main sections have been hijacked. They're now fall of links to viagra and other stuff. When a piss off!

http://bigwalls.net/wallwiki/index.php?title=Big_Wall_Techniques

http://bigwalls.net/wallwiki/index.php?title=BigWallPeople



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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2007, 08:06:50 am »
Thanks for the heads-up JohnMac.  There've been a few instances of this before, but nothing on this scale.  Fu$%#ing spammers.
I'll start picking away at reverting the spam.  Anyone who wants to help, instructions on how to revert are here:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Revert

John, can you maybe look at locking the wiki down, so that you need to be logged in to edit, and maybe have
a captcha or something to keep bots from creating accoutns?

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2007, 08:53:25 am »
Hey Folks,

I just took a look through the Wiki section, pulling up almost every other article, and found no odd links.  Everything seems to be back to normal.  10:50 AM EST, 2nd May, 07.
when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2007, 08:35:38 am »
just reverted another half-dozen spammy changes, I've sent John an email to see if he can lock the wiki down a bit...
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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2007, 09:17:21 am »
Thanks you guys for the heads up.  I 'll reestablish the sign-in requirement.

"Who are these people and why do they think I need so much Viagra???"
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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2007, 12:55:49 pm »
Should be fixed now so that those damn Viagra salesmen have to at least sign in...

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2007, 01:58:54 pm »
The defacements seem to have stopped, now we just need to get the tips and tricks rolling in again...

And if we each put one or two of our favourite wall experiences on our personal pages, we'd all have tons to draw inspiration and motivation from!

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2007, 06:07:45 pm »
Wiki -techniques.....climbing blocks section spamed to hell...again !
 Found another area under moving faster....wtf...?
« Last Edit: June 10, 2007, 06:28:17 pm by ice ravines »

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2007, 08:23:16 am »
They seem to have gotten around the 'must log in' requirement - edits by user "Dh8Kui" looked pretty spammy to me...

Reverted a dozen or so defacements just now.  John, can you nuke the offending users, and maybe add some kind of captcha
requirement for user creation?

thanks

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2007, 07:25:41 pm »
Thanks for taking care of this...

In the people section, the entry for Jim Bridwell is screwed up also.


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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2007, 08:21:31 am »
The bridwell defacement was after I reverted it (for the fourth time).
gah!

fixed...

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2007, 10:01:57 am »
I just went to see the wiki...it is still the same under the techniques sections..? I can not imagine why someone would do this...? He should be fourced to swallow a bottle or two of viagra.!!!

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2007, 08:07:49 pm »
This may be the demise of the Wall Wiki, I can't really figure out how to add security from the Viagra salesmen.  I just made it so only sysops can create accounts, but this seems like it will really limit the spontanaeity that a wall enclyclopedia needs.

If anyone knows a good way to do this, please let me know.  It is the Mediawiki software, the manual is at http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Contents

The trouble is, about half the user list are bogus accounts (see list at:  http://bigwalls.net/wallwiki/index.php?title=Special:Listusers ), and I'm not sure how to delete them, and now that they have access, their spam program can post at will.

I might just see if there is a way to extract all the good wiki entries from the database, create a static page of everyone's contributions, then kill the wallwiki.

Let me know if anyone has any ideas.
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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2007, 01:57:46 am »
Hi,

do you have access to the database?
It might be enough to delete the user entries in the main user table ("wikiuser" or so) after removing all of their "content" and stopping the web server..
If you are not familiar with SQL statements this is your chance ...

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2007, 07:06:31 am »
Your right ..even the help page is messed up.
some one is spaming the hell out of that wiki....? I tried to revert..no success though!
Needs a more familar user or admin.
« Last Edit: June 20, 2007, 07:47:39 am by ice ravines »

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2007, 10:59:43 am »
Thanks for the suggestion.  I just deleted all the users from the SQL database who didn't provide a valid email.  Apologies if this includes any real users.

But it looks like the bot has crafted some clever addition system to each page, it appears that the pages are not possible to edit by normal means.

I'll keep checking into it.  Dave C. is helping with this a lot, as well.

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2007, 07:36:54 pm »
And another big round of reversions.

Deuce and I have been chatting about options by email - I'm hoping that adding captchas as barriers
to user creation, and maybe to edits if we get desparate, will stem the tide of processed luncheon meat.

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2007, 07:50:15 pm »
I just added the Captcha software, so for edits you might have to solve a highly complex math problem, like what is 9+2.

We'll see if that fixes it.
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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2007, 08:23:15 pm »
http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:%24wgSpamRegex#A_Large_Example
 I found this link under spam contol in the wiki use pages maybe something in this area may help..

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2007, 02:33:42 pm »
Thanks to the help of y'all and Dave C. it looks like we got the Wiki back to normal.  Please add your tips and tricks!!
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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2009, 06:29:23 am »
The Wiki wasn't being used very much, and it was getting spammed, so it's pretty much in a locked state.  If someone who knew a lot about the wiki settings and how to administer it, I'd be happy to see about opening it up again.

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2009, 08:17:45 am »
Just as well. Thanks, John.

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Re: Big Wall Wiki is screwed up
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2009, 11:05:40 am »
it would be really cool to get the knowledge from the posts distilled to the wiki though...  not an easy job for sure, but what a resource it could be. I already post too much, so I only wish I could spend time on it.