Discourse spam

We’ve been pretty lucky on talkgroup so far. All the discussion has been by real folks, wanting to talk. Today we got a spammer posting a couple of messages, but Discourse immediately caught it and flagged the posts.

I hadn’t used the interface for handling spam, but I was happy to see a single button that deletes the messages, deletes the account, and blocks IP and email addresses:

Dialog box showing actions done to spammers in Discourse software

I like it. I wish we could bundle these actions in other software, like WordPress and MediaWiki (off the top of my head). ^_^

New wiki notice

I sent this out to the users that registered with an email address on maiwiki:

Hiya! This is maiki, the one that runs this wiki. I recently found that the database has so many bot registrations, it is now 17GB! While we don’t have an issue with spam in the articles, I did run out of hard drive space, so I am going to start over with a new wiki instance.

My plan is to migrate all the content over from this wiki to a new one, and turn off user registration. I will manually add folks to the wiki that wants to edit it, which has only been a handful of us, and that should take care of it.

I would also like to relicense everything under CC0 (http://creativecommons.org/about/cc0). The current wiki is CC-BY-SA. The reason is that most of the content on the wiki is created by me, and I want to dedicate it to the commons.

If you do not want your content relicensed with CC0, please let me know and I will remove your contributions from the new wiki. ^_^

maiki

“…maximal pride.”

A spammer shared a Picasa photo album with me, for a freight and logistics provider. Weird. Two things popped out for me. First, I had never seen a spammer try to lure me in with a photo album before. And second, they sent me this gem:

We seek no strongest only more specialized, senior. Your satisfied will be our maximal pride.

Indeed! ^_^

Misconfigured spambot

One of the sites I host got this message in a contact form the other day (moved to the bottom of the post due to length).

I had never seen one of these dumps, because I am not scum of the net, but it is interesting. It looks a lot of the syntax I would use to program a mud mob, and I think it would be hilarious to create an NPC that went around spouting spam messages at players! Maybe they would drop cans of processed meats. ^_^

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