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.
Configuring MediaWiki to use external SMTP
August 30, 2011
At my new company, I setup a copy of MediaWiki and wanted to make sure that all the notifications work. One kink was that the mail needed to be sent through an external service called SendGrid. Since I setup MediaWiki and it is for internal use only, I could probably have skipped the email service but it seemed like a good exercise. Fortunately, MediaWiki has the capability to do this and it isn’t terribly difficult.