Bots or Junk Accounts?
I'm not entirely convinced the vandalism is coming from a bot. It might just be manual or semi-automated edits from someone who managed to create a lot of junk accounts. That would explain the apparent failure of Captcha, wouldn't it? If we could ban or delete all the crufty accounts, we might have an easier time keeping junk edits in check. Perhaps we could also look into ban-by-IP (do we know if they're all coming from the same IP address or not?). If none of that works, maybe we could consider restore-bots. Jwolfe 01:38, 21 September 2007 (EDT)
- I don't think I've ever seen a bot account from the past get used more than a few minutes later. That makes deleting them seem pretty pointless. IP addresses are most likely either spoofed or similarly not going to be used again. This 'restore-bot' business is intriguing, though. My searches for "mediawiki restorebot" aren't pulling up anything useful; tell us more? - misuba 18:12, 21 September 2007 (EDT)
- ClueBot is one of the bots I remember seeing on Wikipedia. That's exactly what I was thinking of. It's probable that "restore-bot" is a term that I made up. Sorry for the confusion. Jwolfe 05:10, 22 September 2007 (EDT)
- I would not want such a solution in place, for the simple reason that it makes significant page archiving tedious, as one must "sneak up" on ClueBot to cut and move a lot of content. This is of particular concern when archiving IGDC results (i.e. moving them from the IGDC main page to a dated page, e.g. moving to IGDC Summer 2007 will be an ~3000 character "blanking"; moving the templates off its Talk page to IGDC/Templates was over 3000 characters, too). It seems one could only get around ClueBot by doing VERY small moves, incrementally. --David Artman 12:11, 24 September 2007 (EDT)
MiSuBa's "To Do" List
- Set someone at the WikiMedia Foundation on fire
- Give Eeyore a million dollars