MediaWiki configuration change

If you use MediaWiki in your project web space, you’ll want to know that we’ve recently made a global configuration change on these installations in order to curb the recent surge in wiki spam.

In particular, on every MediaWiki installation that we located, we have disabled anonymous creation and anonymous wiki editing.

In your configuration file LocalSettings.php, you’ll see the following at the very bottom:

# Edit by staff to block anonymous user creation and anonymous user edits.
# This change is being made to reduce spam in project web; you can revert this change if you
# need to and are self-managing the spam to your MediaWiki instance.
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['createaccount'] = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['edit'] = false;

If you actively monitor your wiki installation, and are content to have these settings turned on, please feel free to go change them back to your preferred setting. Just remove those additional lines.

However, for the majority of these installations, we believe that the changed settings will result in a much lower incidence of spam on your sites.

If you have any questions about this change, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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