LGW bots?

LGW bots?

Postby Taknamay » 01 Jan 2016, 19:44

The user creation log suddenly had an influx. Are these spammers?

https://libregamewiki.org/Special:Log/newusers

18:46, 1 January 2016 User account PaulinaCharbonne (Talk | contribs) was created
17:56, 1 January 2016 User account Florida24U (Talk | contribs) was created
16:24, 1 January 2016 User account LonnyY0505195 (Talk | contribs) was created
15:32, 1 January 2016 User account Jerri84M013844 (Talk | contribs) was created
15:15, 1 January 2016 User account SXRBettina (Talk | contribs) was created
13:02, 1 January 2016 User account MaxwellGraebner (Talk | contribs) was created
12:34, 1 January 2016 User account KayThrasher (Talk | contribs) was created
11:00, 1 January 2016 User account EdenChadwick026 (Talk | contribs) was created
10:26, 1 January 2016 User account Theo491161 (Talk | contribs) was created
10:23, 1 January 2016 User account Azucena61L (Talk | contribs) was created
09:53, 1 January 2016 User account BlancaGallop (Talk | contribs) was created
09:40, 1 January 2016 User account CamillaMerideth (Talk | contribs) was created
08:44, 1 January 2016 User account VirginiaDowse11 (Talk | contribs) was created
08:34, 1 January 2016 User account Jerry22U8236 (Talk | contribs) was created
08:33, 1 January 2016 User account ManualSpears (Talk | contribs) was created
08:30, 1 January 2016 User account PrinceN0292 (Talk | contribs) was created
07:35, 1 January 2016 User account Lavon708781 (Talk | contribs) was created
06:46, 1 January 2016 User account JerrellE91 (Talk | contribs) was created
04:42, 1 January 2016 User account YvetteCulver524 (Talk | contribs) was created
04:00, 1 January 2016 User account LutherMcRoberts (Talk | contribs) was created
03:42, 1 January 2016 User account EssieSells6 (Talk | contribs) was created
03:15, 1 January 2016 User account MeghanTice39856 (Talk | contribs) was created
01:45, 1 January 2016 User account LoreenNavarrete (Talk | contribs) was created
01:29, 1 January 2016 User account ArielleTenorio1 (Talk | contribs) was created
01:18, 1 January 2016 User account MalorieLindsley (Talk | contribs) was created
01:06, 1 January 2016 User account NolanKenneally (Talk | contribs) was created
00:32, 1 January 2016 User account TerenceOconner4 (Talk | contribs) was created
00:16, 1 January 2016 User account CurtisCordero6 (Talk | contribs) was created
23:46, 31 December 2015 User account ErikVerdon02912 (Talk | contribs) was created
23:37, 31 December 2015 User account ShelaByron (Talk | contribs) was created
23:33, 31 December 2015 User account BernardClymer4 (Talk | contribs) was created
23:32, 31 December 2015 User account IssacSlocum2934 (Talk | contribs) was created
22:23, 31 December 2015 User account CarissaWeddle4 (Talk | contribs) was created
22:23, 30 November 2015 User account Matthias (Talk | contribs) was created
08:24, 20 November 2015 User account Willian29G (Talk | contribs) was created
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Re: LGW bots?

Postby Arthur » 02 Jan 2016, 07:48

Good question, I would guess most of them are, the user names seem to follow a pattern (name+surname and/or number).
Hey pal, I took an oath for justice! "In happy days or tightest tights..." or something like that.
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Re: LGW bots?

Postby andrewj » 02 Jan 2016, 11:16

Can you see if they have the same IP address?
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Re: LGW bots?

Postby onpon4 » 02 Jan 2016, 12:20

IP address isn't a reliable way to detect spammers. Spammers use legitimate users as proxies. When IP addresses are blocked because of spamming, massive collateral damage is caused. Most markedly, every Tor node inevitably gets blocked when you do that.

The best thing to do is to have some sort of approval process that spammers aren't likely to pass. I'm pretty sure this board already has one of those in the form of requiring each user's first post to be approved.
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Re: LGW bots?

Postby leilei » 02 Jan 2016, 17:25

on the SMF forum administration side at the OA board, i've had great luck with notCaptcha, which involves rotating 3 random images to the upright position. Pretty simple. I used custom images of OA player icons for this. It massively reduced the spammer count, from 100+ signups a day to the rare 3 a month, and I haven't seen any complaints from legitimate users failing to register from it.

Don't know if that's available for MediaWiki.
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