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Task #1873

Evaluate stopforumspam.com as potential fix for wiki spam attacks

Added by Mike Saunders over 2 years ago. Updated 7 months ago.

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http://www.stopforumspam.com is a very useful site which lets you check email and IP addresses against lists of known spammers. It's used by phpBB forums to check new accounts, and could possibly be adapted for use on the wiki as well.

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#2 Updated by Beluga Beluga 7 months ago

This extension should be modified so it does not check the IP, but email/username: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:StopForumSpam

Then we could get rid of our IP blacklist solution.

#3 Updated by Beluga Beluga 7 months ago

Beluga Beluga wrote:

This extension should be modified so it does not check the IP, but email/username: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:StopForumSpam

Then we could get rid of our IP blacklist solution.

I opened an issue: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T189415

#4 Updated by Dennis Roczek 7 months ago

Beluga Beluga wrote:

This extension should be modified so it does not check the IP, but email/username: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:StopForumSpam

Then we could get rid of our IP blacklist solution.

well and then you might block users by accident because of their user name. also not good. :-(
the system is broken. too many false / positives.

I wonder if we might able to block e-mail addresses...

#5 Updated by Beluga Beluga 7 months ago

Dennis Roczek wrote:

well and then you might block users by accident because of their user name. also not good. :-(
the system is broken. too many false / positives.

I wonder if we might able to block e-mail addresses...

Blocking by email address is exactly what I wanted to do. That's what I used exclusively around 2010-2012 when I used StopForumSpam as a forum admin for a couple of forums.

I just mentioned usernames, because it should be one of the three options available and it could be evaluated as well.

#6 Updated by Mike Saunders 7 months ago

Beluga Beluga wrote:

Blocking by email address is exactly what I wanted to do. That's what I used exclusively around 2010-2012 when I used StopForumSpam as a forum admin for a couple of forums.

Same here - I ran a forum from 2014 to 2017 and used Stop Forum Spam to block by email addresses. It worked really well.

#7 Updated by Dennis Roczek 7 months ago

  • Status changed from New to Rejected

Mike Saunders wrote:

Beluga Beluga wrote:

Blocking by email address is exactly what I wanted to do. That's what I used exclusively around 2010-2012 when I used StopForumSpam as a forum admin for a couple of forums.

Same here - I ran a forum from 2014 to 2017 and used Stop Forum Spam to block by email addresses. It worked really well.

new spam filter works like a charm. rejecting for now. For the case spammers find again a way, we will try that out again.

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