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die, spammers, die

2007-08-20 17:24:03.452745+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Argh. I've got two MediaWiki installs, and in both I'm getting some amazingly persistent spammers. Apparently they no longer care that all external links are rel="nofollow"ed, and they're not smart enough to make small edits, they're doing massive linkdumps that can't possibly be missed.

If we're spending over a billion bucks a week on the Iraq war, why can't we be allocating a couple of tens of millions of bucks to make sure that the promulgators of this sort of terrorism get quietly "disappeared" to a prison in Bulgaria or Syria or something? I want them locked up in some place with "interrogators" that can keep them alive for years. If you know what I mean.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-20 18:07:06.12949+00 by: ebradway

Nah... They should be forced to click through a million porn pop ups.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-20 18:58:33.802832+00 by: spc476

Have you thought of adding a reverse captcha to the Wiki?

#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-20 21:15:04.391806+00 by: Nancy

I used to get little spam on gmail and loved it, but now I am inundated...what's up? I thought they'd protect me [whine whine whine]

#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-20 23:23:06.022754+00 by: spc476

The spammers have gotten around Google's filters. Google's taking a kickback. Employees at Google are taking a kickback (or are otherwise “influenced”). Or a combination of all three.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-21 03:39:42.414426+00 by: ebradway

I get probably 500 pieces of SPAM in my Google Spam box every day. About once a week something gets through to my inbox. So either Nancy is on better spam lists or Google likes me.

BTW, ALL[Wiki] of my email addresses now forward into my GMail account - including those registered as "contact" on my domains. I also never obfuscate my email address anywhere on the web.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-22 16:08:45.515+00 by: Dan Lyke

Re: reverse captchas: I think that these might actually be real humans. If not, it's a set of robots that are not only MediaWiki aware, but will reuse accounts if they're not blocked.