MediaWiki spam is such a headache
February 2, 2012
MediaWiki, like any other popular software product (that accepts user input), has become a massive target for spam. Now I’m not talking about vandals running around on Wikipedia trying to convince you that African Elephant population has tripled in 6 months. I’m talking about plain old spammers. Just like email spammers and comment spammers on blogs. These automated bots run around and slam small wikis with all sorts of dumb advertisements… and they drive me nuts.
Spotting comment spam
July 1, 2010
Here at Snowulf, we get a LOT of comment spam. On average we receive 48 spam comments a day (Thanks Akismet for the stats), most of these are to old articles and immediately dropped. However, a few are to newer articles and we manually review them. Most are fairly obviously spam, with links to hideous domain names or text that just makes no sense. On rare occasion a spam message makes it to us that isn’t obviously spam and we investigate. Just a few days ago we got one like that and it caught my attention because it seemed valid. Here’s a screen shot of it (Click to enlarge): So the English sucks, but this is the internet. It also talks about wanting to “Stumble” a link and not being able to. As our social media bookmark is fairly fancy, I could see someone having issues with it. That being said… why wouldn’t you just submit it directly to Stumble or use their toolbar? If you were to check their website (which I’m not linking), it looks like a fairly valid WordPress blog. However, it stuck me as curious, so I did some digging.