Apr 102007
 

This afternoon we’ve had a flurry of edits in the “vandalism” category on MDC. It appears that a bot of some kind is periodically signing up for new accounts and then damaging pages. Unfortunately, most of these appear to be coming from different IP addresses.

After trying for a while to be patient and just keep up with it, we finally had to ask IT to find a solution. As a result, at least for the time being, IT is going to adjust our MediaWiki configuration to require email confirmation for new user signups.

 Posted by at 7:43 PM

  2 Responses to “Playing tag”

  1. With the MozillaZine Knowledge Base, new accounts can only be created by existing members. Sorta like getting a voucher for CVS access, or emailing Gerv for editbug permissions on BMO. How about a similar approach for MDC and Wiki.m.o?

  2. The problem with that is that we really want to encourage people to edit on a whim.