Ah,,, Spam is certainly a good reason not to open the floodgates - do you think it would definitely be too much for one volunteer (ie. me) to handle, Angela?
Is there a readily available technical tool to reduce the ability to spam bots to cause trouble? It's the lack of accounts, and general wiki action that I think might be helped by trialling an open registration process. Is your comment about accounts requiring a flag something that needs to change, or a bit of work that needs to be done (ie. we have the tools) - if the later, is any more man (or woman) power required? I'd really like to give an open wiki a chance - at least a trial - it does sometimes surprise me that the idea finds it hard to gain traction... ;-) cheers, Peter, PM. On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 10:41 PM, Angela <bees...@gmail.com> wrote: > On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM, Peter Musings <thepmacco...@gmail.com> > wrote: > > Here's a pre-proposal proposal for a modest change to the WMAU wiki - I'd > > like to suggest a trial of completely open registrations > > I think this would lead to tons of spam and a few confused users. > > There have only been 18 accounts made over the last year and few of > those people have edited. You can see the log of created accounts > here: > http://www.wikimedia.org.au/wiki/Special:Log/newusers > > There have been that many spam requests in just the past 2 months. I > expect that if registration were open we would get even more spam > accounts than this. (Because more bots are programmed to make accounts > than request accounts and because they detect other spam on the wiki > and note this one as a place you can spam.) > > If people request an account, we can see if they meant to make an > account on Wikipedia instead and redirect them there. They then have a > contact email address if they need help, whereas if they made their > own account here they'd likely be confused why their new page got > deleted or why they're still not able to log in to Wikipedia. > > Accounts need to be flagged on the wiki as financial or not, so people > going through the request process is useful in determining whether > they are already members. > > Angela > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaau-l mailing list > Wikimediaaufirstname.lastname@example.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaau-l >
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