User talk:Evelyn

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Spam blacklist broken?

The MediaWiki:Spam blacklist doesn't seem to be functioning. --MindlessXD 12:45, 28 January 2011 (PST)

So it doesn't... I'll see about getting it fixed ASAP, hopefully tonight. --Evelyn 12:50, 28 January 2011 (PST)
I think we may need an additional anti-spam mechanism. Spam is picking up, and a lot of it can't be dealt with easily using the blacklist. --MindlessXD 12:41, 30 January 2011 (PST)


Hi, is it possible to add these two extensions in order to block automatic spam?

  1. SimpleAntiSpam: adds a hidden form field to the edit page as an anti-spam/anti-bot check. If the field is not blank when the page is saved, the save will be aborted and a generic "you triggered the spam filter" page will be shown
  2. AntiBot: simple framework for spambot checks and trigger payloads. The aim is to allow for private development and limited collaboration on filters for common spam tools such as XRumer

What do you think? --Airon90 03:30, 11 May 2011 (PDT)

Done and Done. Thank you for the suggestions! I've already installed a number of different things, but none of them seemed to work too well. Hopefully these will help. --Evelyn 07:29, 11 May 2011 (PDT)
Well, so far that doesn't seem to have had much effect. I did manage to keep hacking on SpamBlacklist and get it to stop returning errors when enabled. Maybe that will help a little, but we'll see! --Evelyn 08:08, 12 May 2011 (PDT)

Is there some ban-and-delete-all-contributions-as-spam extension we could install? Manually deleting all the spam is getting tiring. --MindlessXD 15:03, 13 July 2012 (UTC)

Two choices: a) Monitor the Category:Lyriki:Deletion folder more often, or b) provide some of the more dedicated editors the capability of deleting spam pages and blocking spam IP addresses themselves. As it is there are currently 109 pages flagged for deletion, and there will be a few more once I've worked through the Recent Changes log, where there have been a large number of new accounts which are obviously spambot creations. --Prime.mover 11:57, 16 July 2012 (UTC)
I do have the Nuke extension installed ( which allows admins to find all the recent contributions by a user and mass-delete them. This should be useful in cleaning up unwanted posts by users who are obviously spammers. I also made Prime.mover an administrator, since he's been making so many contributions in this area to begin with. I'll have to do another round of seeing if there's something out there that actually stops spam registrations, too. They keep finding new ways around all the things that have already been installed. --Evelyn 14:49, 16 July 2012 (UTC)
Hello Evelyn, sorry for sneaking into the conversation. Would you mind removing some captcha checks, since they seem useless for fighting spam? For example, a captha is required when you enter a wrong password, and I keep forgetting mine ;-) --Fitoschido 18:51, 16 July 2012 (UTC)
I would advise against removing the captcha check on passwords. Sorry, but we had that going on on a different wiki and the spam became a torrent.--Prime.mover 19:43, 16 July 2012 (UTC)

... okay, that's some 100 spammers removed, and all their pages. That should help. I'll keep alert for this sort of thing, I have a professional interest in making it difficult for spambots. --Prime.mover 21:46, 16 July 2012 (UTC)

Redirect loop

Googling "lyriki" and clicking the result for the main page puts me into a redirect loop. Also, the database dump is getting a bit stale. ;) --MindlessXD 20:22, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

I think both of these are now fixed. Dumps should be generated once a week. --Evelyn 23:53, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

Stuff needs fixing

a) Opening an edit page takes an age. I can guess what's causing this: the emailer's broken and it's waiting for a tediously-long timeout period before responding. Look in your log files.

b) Uploading pics is broken. Try it and see what I mean. And some existing pics don't work (can't create thumbnails).

Both are compromising the usability of this site, which won't catch on if it has these shortcomings. Recommend they get fixed. --Prime.mover (talk) 19:23, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

It looks like a) was caused by a timeout in the CheckSpambots module, and b was due to some permissions issues after the latest security update. I think both are fixed now. Let me know if you run into anything else, and I'll take a look at it.

--Evelyn (talk) 13:24, 5 May 2013 (PDT)

Nice and quick now. I'll try a download in a tick. Thx. --Prime.mover (talk) 13:31, 5 May 2013 (PDT)
Everything seems to be fine. :-) --Prime.mover (talk) 14:00, 5 May 2013 (PDT)

site going down

Every couple of weeks, sometimes more often, the site goes down for a day or more. Is there a particular reason for this? Is it something you need to be notified of? If the latter, do you have an external email address that can be used to contact you? Let me know (if this is appropriate) on prime.mover (at) and I'll be discreet. --Prime.mover (talk) 11:03, 21 May 2013 (PDT)