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READ ME FIRST! Moderation, Spam mitigation

asked 2014-05-27 01:15:40 -0600

mether gravatar image

updated 2014-11-14 21:24:54 -0600

Bump! The spam has continued - I have turned moderation back on for now. Please be patient when posting, moderation is a manual process. Be careful about duplicate posts! --Pete (randomuser)

We have had a spammer in the last couple of days signing up under multiple accounts and posting similar messages dozens of times. We have had spammers now and then before but this time has been really persistent and while I have cleaned it all up I needed to tighten up permissions as well so that all new questions have to be moderated explicitly and so on. This does create some amount of inconvenience for new users not to mention the admins who have to do this process manually but it is unavoidable for now. We are working with upstream on suggestions to improve spam mitigation techniques and moderation. This is just a heads up. Let me know if there are any particular concerns and I will try to address them. Thanks!

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Thanks for the vigilance. If I see any spam messages I delete them immediately too. Do the config settings allow the 'ask fedoraproject' servers to talk directly to the database?

cobra gravatar imagecobra ( 2014-05-27 03:32:46 -0600 )edit

Do we know anything about the answers "new feature" ? I cannot answer directly, but a moderator must approve my answer (it says). +1 on the more karma for posting links.

NickTux gravatar imageNickTux ( 2014-05-27 10:42:21 -0600 )edit

@NikTh, I think some of the posts might be getting caught in the moderation queue for some reason. I am unsure why

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2014-05-27 11:00:50 -0600 )edit

@cobra. you might want to block the user as well and retag them as spam to make it more obvious why it has been deleted. I don't think askbot can talk to the website you have linked

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2014-05-27 11:10:09 -0600 )edit

@NikTh, I have cleared up all of the moderation queue now. I recommend you keep an eye on it as well.

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2014-05-27 12:05:45 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-08-11 09:07:59 -0600

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updated 2014-10-01 01:41:05 -0600

As a followup note, I have disable content moderation since the spammer we were trying to tackle seems to have given up and moderation queue has enough issues to annoy both users and moderators. I will enable it again if spam becomes a severe problem but hopefully that wouldn't be needed.

UPDATE: ..And our spammer is back. So I had to enable moderation again. Askbot master branch has some features which can come in handy including the ability to delete all posts from a user and block that user in a single step. Perhaps @FranciscoD_ can take a look? I am going to be offline soon.

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Good news! :)

hedayat gravatar imagehedayat ( 2014-08-11 13:47:42 -0600 )edit

But it seems that I'm still unable to edit wiki posts. It probably didn't have anything to do with spam mitigation settings.?!

hedayat gravatar imagehedayat ( 2014-08-11 13:54:10 -0600 )edit

Oh, thank heavens! Now, if you could just get rid of the 46 phantom posts the board claims are in my moderation queue, everything would be perfect.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-08-11 14:00:37 -0600 )edit

@sideburns that is probably an askbot bug, you should report in and tag it as "askfedora"

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2014-08-11 14:02:03 -0600 )edit

@hedayat Unsure why. The settings are set at 750 for editing wiki posts

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2014-08-11 14:04:11 -0600 )edit

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