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== Vandalism ==
 
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Given the current spate of vandalism, and the surprisingly long list of [http://www.riscos.info/index.php?title=Special:Listusers&limit=500&offset=0 | dodgy-looking users] that seems to be growing as I write - 155 users at 22:57 11/04/2007 had grown to 156 in the time it took me to write this - may I suggest some of the following measures, to be implemented as a matter of urgency:
 
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* Pre-emptive blocking of suspicious users. Are older user lists available so we can filter out the newly-added suspect ones?
 
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* Edit the login and/or new user pages to thwart/confuse bots - rename the fields or something, or move the page.
 
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* Add a field to the login system only a human could understand and enter correctly. e.g. 'Please enter Peter Naulls' initials.'
 
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* Consider temporarily suspending new accounts.
 
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[[User:Simon Smith|Simon Smith]] 01:02, 12 Apr 2007 (BST)
 
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I think some sort of bot-trap on the create users page is the most obvious and sensible, such as a graphical check e.g: "Enter the letters in the graphic below". There is probably also a mediawiki system in place to do it, but 2330 is not the time to start hunting, I feel.
 
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I haven't checked, but I believe each 'dodgy user' is only performing one edit, so it does seem to be a system that can be stopped at the login page.
 
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Another option is to moderate who becomes a user, but this would be frustrating from the viewpoint of a genuine new user who really wants to make the changes then and there.[[User:Jymbob|Jymbob]] 01:59, 12 Apr 2007 (BST)
 
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== CAPTCHA login information ==
 
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found here: http://wiki.seds.org/index.php/MediaWiki:Captcha
 
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I recommend this being implemented as soon as possible, and would be happy to do it and test it, given FTP access, but I understand if that's not wanted.
 
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[[User:Jymbob|Jymbob]] 16:03, 12 Apr 2007 (BST)
 
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Yes, I agree. In the mean time, can I point out a quick(er) way of neatly reverting the changes (for sysops):
 
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*Click <code>[block]</code> on the recent changes page
 
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*Click <code>IP block list</code> on the ''Block succeeded'' page
 
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*Click <code>contribs</code> for the user you blocked
 
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*Click <code>[Rollback]</code>
 
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That reverts the user's changes and puts a standard description in the change log.
 
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<br>[[User:Adamr|Adamr]] 00:11, 13 Apr 2007 (BST)
 

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