We fight WikiSpam day and night! ☺
You’re welcome to come help us out – just ask one of the existing administrators for an admin password. The only real job we have is maintaining BannedContent, BannedRegexps and BannedHosts. These pages contain Perl regular expressions.
The powers of an administrator:
Here’s a suggested workflow:
Next, consider what just happened:
If spammers added links, you will be presented with a list of these URLs and a text input field where you can provide a regular expression matching anything obvious such as “viagra”. Click on the Ban! button to add this regular expression to the BannedContent page.
If vandals made other changes to the page, you might have to ban their host name or IP number. Click on the Ban contributors link and click the appropriate Ban! button. This will add an appropriate regular expression to the BannedHosts page.
You can always ban host names or IP numbers. The easiest way to do that is to visit a page that has recently been vandalized. Let us assume that somebody has already rolled back the change (as described above) but no change was made to the BannedHosts page. There is a special admin link to facilitate this, however. Here’s a suggested workflow:
The “Ban contributors” page lists IP numbers, host names and usernames used. The IP numbers and host names that aren’t banned have a nice, big Ban! button next to them. Clicking the button adds a new entry to BannedHosts.
Note that these entries are probably useless against spammers that keep changing their IP numbers. You have to write a regular expression to catch them all by hand, unfortunately.