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New form of wiki spam?

Today, I had the "pleasure" to experience a new form of wiki spam in the Unmaintained Free Software wiki. Or at least it was the first time I had seen it...

The registered wiki user "Drunkers" (yes, the spammer scripts not only spam anonymously, they also create real accounts lately!) spammed several pages in the wiki, adding tons of spam links, hidden with fancy CSS and other tricks. Nothing unusual so far.

Another registered user ("Mootlif3") reverted the spammer's changes with comments like "reverted (spam)", "unrelated links removed", "deleted spam links", and "damn spammers". Or so I thought.

The real "wtf" moment emerged when I checked what "Mootlif3" really had done. He didn't really revert the changes of the spammer. He only removed a few of the links from the page, leaving most of them still in there! So it would look like a nice (human) wiki user had helped out with cleaning spam, but in reality he only created a false sense of "security" for people who really want to clean the spam...

Damn spammers, indeed.

Unmaintained Free Software is back (again)

Yeah, it's that time of the year (again)...

Unmaintained Free Software is a wiki which collects and categorizes orphaned Free Software projects, in order to find new maintainers for the projects — just in case you didn't know or guess that already ;-)

Well, the site was down for weeks (again), hosting support was non-responsive, slow and not very helpful (again), so I moved the domain to another, more pricey server (again), I waited for the domain transfer for a small eternity (again), and finally installed backups and put the site up (again) today.

Email is not working yet on the new server, I still need to setup Postfix or something. But other than that everything should work fine, please report any issues you notice. Oh, and I plan for some more neat (technical) stuff soonish, e.g. https/SSL support and a properly signed certificate thanks to CAcert (got me some assurance points at 22C3, thanks to everybody who assured me!).

Shameless plug: If you happen to know of any unmaintained project, just add it (it's a wiki). If you have too much time on your hands, go ahead and adopt one of the orphaned projects and eternal fame will be yours!

German Wikipedia as DVD or download for offline viewing

Got 8 GB of free space on your hard drive? Why not download (almost) the whole German Wikipedia (just the text: 2.6 GB, text+images: 8 GB)? You can get DVD ISOs via FTP/rsync/Bittorrent or buy DVDs for a small fee. Read more about the details at http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiPress/Download.

(via netzpolitik.org)

Last chance to fight EU data retention

On the 13th of December (next Tuesday) the European Parliament will vote on a Data Retention Directive. This directive is stupid, stupid, stupid (you cannot stress that enough)! More info on the Data Retention is No Solution wiki.

The Open Rights Group has an article on fighting data retention which outlines what you can do to (hopefully) stop this.

/me walks to the local Irish pub for some Guinness now.

WikiMatrix - Wiki Feature Comparison

Are you gonna setup a wiki anytime soon? Checkout the WikiMatrix site which allows you to compare various wiki software projects according to a huge amount of criteria.

My favorite has always been MediaWiki (probably because I occasionally write for the Wikipedia). I use that for both, the Unmaintained Free Software wiki, as well as the Crazy Hacks wiki (both need some more love and contributors, hint hint). I'll checkout some of the other wiki software projects soon, though...

(via ZDNet Blogs | Between the Lines)

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