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This how2 deals with wikis. Wiki is a word meaning quick. The idea is that you can edit the page quick quick thus the first wiki was called WikiWikiWeb and used a words bashed togeather format to make links.

Below you will find more detailed wiki How2's (eventually).

Spam

Spam is a fact of wiki life - get used to it.

However there are many things you can do to slow or even stop spam.

  1. Check the Recent Changes page (if your wiki supports it) and double check all changes since you last logged in.
  2. Delete all spam on sight.
  3. Low use wiki's would do well to require members sign up (How2 make Mediawiki users sign up before editing pages)
  4. Random use of Capcha or other bot stoppers is good
  5. use a reg-ex to filter for the most common spam tricks and words and ban them. (media wiki supports this)
  6. Some hosts allow you to block access from open proxies and anon-relays.
  7. on the whole blocking Chinees IP addresses en masse reduces the crime rate on you wiki a lot
  8. setting no-follow messages in your old revisions stops spammers finding you via old spam (and google)
  9. Lock pages such as Help, Main Page and other pages unlikely to change.(use a discussion page to talk about changes)
  10. If your host allows it run a bot tracker that stops bad bots (spam bots) and logs good ones (google-bot)
  11. Every IP that spams you - block it
  12. Hurt the spammers by Chongqing thier spam http://chongqed.org for more
  13. visit http://lordmatt.co.uk and ask Matt what he did to deal with spam.
  14. visit the spam huntress wiki (google it I can't recall the url) and pick up fresh tips and news
  15. Google "Wiki Spam" and related words from time to time to see what ideas the developer communty may come up with.
  16. be aware of known spammers
  17. visit these links too:
    1. http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2004/12/03/chongq.html
    2. http://www.moztips.com/?id=222
    3. http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl?WikiSpam
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