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Die freie Verschwörungsenzyklopädie

Hey guys. Die freie Verschwörungsenzyklopädie has been renamed to "Verschwoerungen.info" but I can't rename the article because there exists a redirect with that title. Could you please do that for me? ^^ --Koveras 03:40, 22 January 2011 (PST)

Done :) --Wolf | talk 13:32, 22 January 2011 (PST)
Thanks a bunch. :) --Koveras 23:06, 22 January 2011 (PST)

Lots of spam in the past few days

Question, I have marked the article pages with the spam tag so they can be found, but do we also mark the user's page with the spam tag as well? And if you need more help with this, I'm willing to spamcop things. TeraS 12:36, 13 March 2011 (PDT)

Yikes, I've forgotten to check this site for the past few days and suddenly there's a big spambot attack and 30+ pages needing deletion. If you or anyone else wants to be an admin ask this guy. Elassint, 03 16 2011
Yikes, Tera - thanks for tagging the spam. My goal will be to try and get a new captcha on now - or push on the upgrade asap. Best, MarkDilley
Glad I could do some good for the site, and Mark, it's up to you about the Admin stuff, if you want to get in touch, my email is in my profile and so on. Thanks for all you do! TeraS 11:06, 16 March 2011 (PDT)
an upgrade is longggggggggggggggg overdue :) ...--Comets 16:07, 5 April 2011 (PDT)
you are correct - will start creating an upgrade project, maybe you can help. Best, MarkDilley

Category:Wikis to add Thoughts

Sorry if I overstep my bounds, but I have been looking through this category and I am finding that many of the links are dead, inaccurate, or spammy. I would like to know whether or not it is acceptable to simply delete those wikis that are obvious spam magnets or otherwise are dead sites from the list. Assuming that the dead sites have to stay, can we mark them in the Dead Wiki category and then remove the add Category on them? I'm asking because having that many to correct and straighten out, over 600, seems excessive to me and do we need to keep wikis that were entered with little or no information on them? Thoughts? TeraS 15:45, 4 April 2011 (PDT)

Practice so far on this wiki is to change the template. Would be open to discussing different ways of handling past wiki. That list is mostly from me. It is my basic way of building WikiIndex. Originally I had called the project SwitchWiki - all I did was collect wiki - then in alphabetical lists - here in that list - until people asked that it not be used any longer. So - now I keep a text file of wiki that I want to add - some of the more important ones I add pretty quickly - others languish on my text file! :-) As far as any spam or dead wikis on that list - I think it is fine to edit them away. Best, MarkDilley

I call spammer on this

If you look in the recent changes Emijrp has posted, a load of sites that are incomplete, generally have nothing to do with anything in a wiki format, and honestly, I think is just an attempt at a link farm to their pages. I call spammer on this, and want to remove it all and spam the user. Comments please before I do something? TeraS 12:16, 8 April 2011 (PDT)

LOL. I was adding all the deceased wikis of the dead elwiki.com wiki farm. Is that wrong? I think that it has historical value and they are marked as dead correctly. emijrp 12:32, 8 April 2011 (PDT)
(EC) User:Emijrp is not a spammer at all, he is posting sites in typical WikiIndex style. If you look closely, you can see that s/he used the proper templates on most pages and all the sites he's listed are wikis. Elassint, 04 8 2011
Adding them in the template Inactive would be better than adding the Category:dead - and Emijrp is here from a conversation we had in IRC I think. :-) Thanks Tera for checking in here. Great instincts!! Going to a crazy editor and saying, 'What the heck are you doing, I don't understand' is good too :-) - Very happy with how we are all working to figure stuff out. Best, MarkDilley
Well I wasn't going to do something rash or otherwise without checking on what the heck was going on... Was on my phone and this was the only way I could think of to get a message across with my concerns... Thanks for understanding! TeraS 15:24, 8 April 2011 (PDT)
Thus the definition of WikiRockstar for you!! :-) Best, MarkDilley
Happy editing to all : ) emijrp 16:09, 8 April 2011 (PDT)
i have known Emijrp since my Wikipedia days..he is anything but a spammer...jeez TeraS u just became an admin recently..stop jumping to conclusions.. :P ...--Comets 02:52, 9 April 2011 (PDT)
Would someone check on these pages and tell me if I am right that they are spam? User:John s User talk:John s Thank you... TeraS 06:27, 21 April 2011 (PDT)
Definite linkspam as far as I am concerned. I see that Elassint agreed. They're gone now. --MarvelZuvembie 17:53, 21 April 2011 (PDT)

Category:Wiki Topic

Okay, there was a long mess of edits and new articles added this morning which I removed and blocked the users that did the spamming. I think, not 100% sure, but I think that the page Category:Wiki Topic is correct now. I messed up and deleted it and then in my attempt to fix that I might have messed it up further. It looks okay. I think it's right, but can someone check me? Thanks and sorry again! TeraS 07:10, 3 June 2011 (PDT)

Looks good to me! No worries!! You and everyone else battling spam are great! My personal goal is to get an upgrade done by June 21st!! Fingers crossed. Best, MarkDilley

Holzminden page

Hello, I have more questions than habilities ;-)) Can't get rid of the things appearing close to the link Holzminden right side. Can you pls check and correct? would be great! And pls don't cancel this page or change it, unless it's trouble making... Holzminden is a very special and very small town, but known worldwide, thx, amalie

But that's not a wiki, not on it's own, so why is it here when this is supposed to be an index of Wikis and not a Wiki page? TeraS 11:24, 14 June 2011 (PDT)

Holzminden page 2

Hello, I've problems to understand, why my page should be deleted. Am I not alowwed to make a page or is something wrong with it? pls let me know and thanks for answering. amalie

WikiIndex is supposed to be a index of wikis. In order to create a page here, it must be about an wiki. The page you previously linked to was just an article on the German Wikipedia, and I don't think http://www.holzminden.de is a wiki either, since I can't seem to edit any pages.
If you feel that this city deserves its own wiki, I recommended you create it at this site, then you can list it here. Creating a wiki is a great way to share information about any subject of interest. Elassint, 06 17 2011

Some suggestions

Community Portal — would it be worthwhile adding Category:Active administrators of this wiki onto the Community Portal page? Maybe in the pink section on the right under 'Community information'. Sometimes it is handy to have a direct link to the Admins which is clearly visible from some of the 'main' or 'front pages'.

Great idea! ~~ MarkDilley
OK, now done. Hoof Hearted 12:35, 21 June 2011 (PDT)

Spam — I've searched through the two main documents on the issue: WikiIndex:Spam Control Policy and WikiIndex:AntiSpamMeasures – and I'm struggling to find a definative spam control 'method' (or maybe I'm having a 'senior moment' . . .). I noticed under the 'Spamming the spammers' heading that a template was considered – I went ahead and created a template for spammer users (Template:Spammer) – but I also think we need a similar template to place on actual articles that individuals think may be spam.

Your thoughts please . . . Hoof Hearted 07:33, 20 June 2011 (PDT)

I am not sure how much this is needed here at WikiIndex. Can you say how you would use it this? ~~ MarkDilley
OK, I'm thinking of a kind of warning header banner, like say the 'unreferenced' on Wikipedia. If we have a spam banner for actual wiki entry articles, then an editor may place said spam banner on article if he/she thinks the article is spam (but isn't 100% sure) – and this would then promt other editors, or even the original poster to weigh in with a discussion (on its talk page). Sometimes, it isn't obvious that you've been spammed, especially on an indexing site such as this. Hoof Hearted 12:35, 21 June 2011 (PDT)

Change from reCaptcha to FancyCaptcha for blocking spam?

Hi guys. I've noticed several reports that reCaptcha has been (at least partially) broken. There is also a note to this effect on the page for the ConfirmEdit Extension. From the reports I've seen on the MWusers.com forums (I'm a moderator there, so I see almost every post, but these are anecdotal, so take with a grain of salt), FancyCaptcha still seems to work. -Gwsuperfan 23:48, 4 July 2011 (PDT)

Proposal to end anonymous editing

We have been hammered with spam in the past day. Well over 100+ edits of spam and garbage have occurred from anonymous editors. Should we end the allowance for anonymous editing? Just a thought, but if this continues we will be dealing with spam and not improving our wiki I think. Thoughts? TeraS 07:56, 29 July 2011 (PDT)

Wiki1001 under resources?

Is there any reason the now defunct Wiki1001 is listed as a resource? That's my sarcastic way of suggesting its removal from the sidebar be considered.  :) --GregVarnum | talk 04:17, 30 July 2011 (PDT)

Image spam

Can anyone tell me how to protect an image page and then remove the spammy image on it? Seems to be a new issue for us. Or it is possible to redirect an attempted image upload to a single protected page? Vague thoughts... TeraS 10:13, 19 August 2011 (PDT)

Possible spam solution?

A thought about all of the spammers creating the same pages over and over again. Would it work to redirect or rename those pages to a single admin edit only page thus making it impossible for them to actually post those pages? For example Talk:ABCWiki -> Redirect to -> Spammer Trap (Admin Only Edit Page) TeraS 09:51, 8 September 2011 (PDT)

Hi Tera. Thanks for the hard work you've been putting in. We'd been discussing it a bit on Elassint's talk page, although this is probably a more logical place for it. There may be some MediaWiki extensions we can use to prevent this from happening. I have noticed that some pages get hit more than others, but at other times, it seems like the bot is using the "Random Page" link. If the pages they hit are not random, then protecting the pages would work. If they are random, we'll need to have a system-wide solution. --MarvelZuvembie 16:02, 8 September 2011 (PDT)
Well, it's worth a try to see at least... Would like to add a spam blacklist, best one I have seen is one I suggested a while back if you recall? TeraS 17:41, 8 September 2011 (PDT)

Need someone to check a few Templates for possible errors

I removed a ton of spam today, but some of it was directed at Template pages... Can someone please check the following to be sure there are no errors?

Template:Tag, Template:Wiktionary, Template:SizeCat‎, Template:RightTOC

I haven't a clue how the Templates are supposed to look or work... Thank you! TeraS 09:57, 18 October 2011 (PDT)

New account creation spambots

how are they getting past the captcha system? or is there a captcha in place for new accounts creation ?--Comets 23:15, 31 October 2011 (PDT)

how about using the SimpleAntiSpam Extension? Escyos 04:13, 1 November 2011 (PDT)
for now, add spamlinks which gets added all the time here > MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist..--Comets 05:46, 1 November 2011 (PDT)
something needs to be done about this ? ConfirmEdit is just not working ..how about AntiBot and AntiSpoof for the next update ?--Comets 17:51, 6 November 2011 (PST)
ConfirmEdit is working if you activate the best module for the job. So far it seems that only QuestyCAPTCHA is doing the job. After it was enabled spam decreased by > 95% on e.g. semantic-mediawiki.org. I guess Mark should organise the change asap. Cheers --[[kgh]] 09:28, 1 December 2011 (PST)
I have asked Raymond King to add this extension a few weeks ago, I am not sure what is next for it. Best, MarkDilley
he emailed today to say: "Changed it to FancyCaptcha for both creation of login and making edits that include external links (but the later does not apply to logged in people)."