Also, judging from the recent changes, the newly increased spam seems to be coming from a single person using several users that have been left without blocking in December 2008. I have now blocked several of these users. It is a good practice to block users who are spamming the wiki; only reverting their changes does not prevent their further spam.

Monitoring pages and blocking spammers and vandals is a usual practice at wikis, not to be avoided. If the wiki should be less editable and thus wiki-like, more of the pages can be protected, so that only admins can edit them.


On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 2:49 PM, Dan Polansky <> wrote:
Hello all,

spam is a bit of a problem, but it can be reverted by any editor who comes along, as has already happened, which can be seen from histories of the pages. The spam cannot do any serious harm as far as I can tell, as it can always be reverted. In the worst case, more pages can be protected apart from the main page.

There are advantages to using MediaWiki, including the familiarity of its markup because of the popularity of Wikimedia projects that use it such as Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource, and Wikibooks. That's how I see it, anyway.

Best regards,

On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:43 PM, Christian Foltin <> wrote:
Hi Dimitry,

thanks for this notice. I was not aware of the problem.
Regarding sf: I've already asked them whether or not it is possible to install its own extensions or local settings, and they responded that it is not possible at all. See
so, should I move the wiki nontheless?

Regards, Chris
-------- Original-Nachricht --------
> Datum: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 12:00:16 +0100
> Von: "Dimitri Polivaev" <>
> An:
> Betreff: [Freemind-developer] Spam in FreeMind wiki

> Hello,
> until now there have been not too much spam in the freemind wiki.
> Therefore I was able to care about removing it controlling recent changes and doing
> page rollbacks when needed. In the last time the amount of the spam
> increased and therefore other measures should be taken. To see it visit
> In this mail I want to describe what could be done although I have not
> time to do it myself.
> I think that FreeMind should switch from the old wiki to the wiki hosted
> by the sourceforge because there all users register with their sourceforge
> accounts and there is really less possibilities to write spam. Because we
> have some useful extensions, first of all my extension for embedding the mind
> maps in the wiki pages and extension for highlighting of groovy example
> scripts. Somebody could write a request to the source forge stuff so that
> they install the wiki extensions we need. The current wiki configuration with
> all extensions can be checked by accessing the web server and looking in
> localsettings.php and extension directory in the wiki installation directory.
> Further steps for transferring of content from the old to the new location
> could be necessary.
> By writing this mail I want to start a discussion about the wiki spam
> problem. It is not a request for immediately doing something but rather an
> invitation for starting a discussion about the problem.
> Regards,
> Dimitry
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