[maemo-users] Anonymous wiki edits: disable NOW (please)

From: Andrew Flegg andrew at bleb.org
Date: Thu Jun 26 14:18:55 EEST 2008
On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 12:10 PM, Marius Gedminas <marius at pov.lt> wrote:
> Speaking about wikis, I when I notice spelling & grammar errors on a
> wiki that allows anonymous contributions, I tend to fix them (and
> probably wouldn't, if I was required to do a full e-mail roundtrip
> registration, especially given that my mail server does greylisting).
> When I decide to make a more substantial contribution, I tend to
> register.

My original request was almost entirely pragmatically driven:

1) We were seeing a lot of automated spam through anonymous edits.
2) Anonymous edits were showing up as over HTTP.

They are different issues, but (2) is both a blessing and a curse:

  * You can't enable anonymous edit over HTTP with *no* audit trail (surely?)
  * You can use this to ban anonymous edits over HTTP, but not over HTTPS.

The spam problem can be solved using a captcha. Personally, grammar
errors annoy me, and drive-by fixers will get my blessing. Since it
appears the captcha plugins for anonymous edits are trivial to
implement, I suggest we do that. Presumably Niels or someone should
have a new issue assigned to them with that work item in?

Anonymous edits to maliciously vandalise - rather than automated spam
- don't yet appear to be an issue. I'd suggest crossing that bridge
when we get to it.



Andrew Flegg -- mailto:andrew at bleb.org | http://www.bleb.org/

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