Bad Behavior works wonders on Wordpress, and I "know" the developer behind
it from #wordpress. We'll have pretty easy access to support via that
channel as well. He's also interested, but has no time, to have it work in
Gallery 2 as well.
+1 for Bad Behavior, and we'll see where it goes from there.
[mailto:gallery-devel-admin@...] On Behalf Of Andy
Sent: 12. desember 2005 13:22
Subject: RE: [Gallery-devel] Codex: spammer / how to revert to a specific
Yep, i meant mediawiki and not wp :)
Thanks to both of you.
It seems the spam problem hasn't been solved yet for mediawiki. They've got
various ideas in the talk page of
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Anti-spam_Features , but the actual/existing
protection methods are not yet sufficient. At least the official features.
What I found:
A "Bad-behavior" extension
r/on-mediawiki/ (wordpress (sic!) has such an extension too, afaik
Description "Bad Behavior is a set of PHP scripts which prevents spambots
from accessing your site by analyzing their actual HTTP requests and
comparing them to profiles from known spambots. It goes far beyond
User-Agent and Referer, however. Bad Behavior is available for several
PHP-based software packages, and also can be integrated in seconds into any
So it's a protection from bots and not from malicious users. And I don't
know how effective it actually is.
A karma system / approved user system would be more effective against
More extensions at:
But I too didn't find anything useful in that list.
Using the content regexp blacklist was sure a good measure against the user
> (Andy means "Mediawiki" not "Wordpress" in his email).
> Seems like these are the two target users:
> Their changes appear to have been rolled back by vigilant our
> Codexers, except for Gallery2:FAQ. I spent some time trying to figure
> out how to get at individual revisions but it seems that this is a
> weakness of Mediawiki -- it deals with data sequentially and doesn't
> let you go in and surgically remove a revision.
> I restored the latest version of Gallery2:FAQ from before the attack,
> then added in Andy's one change so it's back to normal.
> I also added a line to the Codex spamblocker to block the "overflow:
> auto; height: 1px;" string that they appear to be using.
> This may deter automated attacks for a while.
> I'd be interested in seeing if there are any Mediawiki extensions that
> help to combat spam. I spent some time on Google looking around and
> didn't find anything particularly useful :-(...
> Andy Staudacher wrote:
> > I'd like to revert
> http://codex.gallery2.org/index.php/Gallery2:FAQ to
> > the revision of december 8th (and the reapply my small change from
> > today). How can i revert to an older version than the last?
> > If i select diff current -> specific old version, i get a rollback
> > option, but it would roll back to a version between the two, weird
> > stuff. Maybe a wordpress bug.
> > @spammers:
> > We're having a problem with spammers on codex right now.
> > What i'd like to establish is what Michelle proposed a
> while ago, or
> > something similar.
> > Only give new users the permission to add 1-2 pages and until these
> > are not approved by admins, they shouldn't have the permission to
> > change pages or create more articles.
> > Wordpress doesn't even have a mass restore function (restore
> > everything by user x), that really sucks.
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