These bots or paid spammers have been promoting a Vietnamese holiday website and a bunch of copy-paste news articles

All have been blocked and their articles deleted.

@jackh2020
27d

Can I be given edit access please? Username is J2050.

Felipe Forte
mod
admin
creator
46d

Done, comrade

Hello comrade, I would love to write some entries if you would allow me! My username is ComradeCorgo.

My Reddit username is Comrade_Corgo if you would like to vet me

Felipe Forte
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admin
creator
27d

There you go, comrade, thanks for joining in.

@solune
910d

Most likely bots, given what I’ve seen in the past. You’ll want to keep a close eye on that; I’ve seen wikis where the search became completely useless due to spam articles. If I recall correctly, there were hundreds of thousands of them.

Felipe Forte
mod
admin
creator
910d

Yes, I may need some help. They have been attacking again.

EDIT:
Oh, boy

@solune
710d

You might need to temporarily disable new members until you can figure out a way of confirming them that the bots can’t get around. It could be as simple as adding some small change, depending on who’s doing this, whether they have access to the bots’ code, and whether or not they’re targeting enough other wikis that they won’t notice if their bots start failing on this one.

Felipe Forte
mod
admin
creator
710d

There’s an option to block IP’s created by the username, however, it lasts for a day only. I might have to look further into this.

@solune
410d

If the bots are using a VPN, it might be possible to block certain ranges of IP addresses based on that, as I’ve seen some websites do, but that would prevent any legitimate users who are using that VPN from making accounts. It also wouldn’t necessarily be a permanent solution if more bots arrived using a different VPN, or if the current bots switched to another VPN. You could block VPNs altogether, but that’s probably not ideal.

How much control do you have over the wiki and its software? Are you hosting it yourself?

Felipe Forte
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admin
creator
69d

How much control do you have over the wiki and its software? Are you hosting it yourself?

I have full control of the wiki and its software. I don’t have control over the machine hosting it, as I could only afford a shared plan (for now).

The solution I’ve found for now was to restrict all editing from anonymous and new users. And to allow comrades to edit and create articles, I created a new user group allowing users to do exactly that.

The only downside is that it’s done manually, and restricting editing will probably affect the editing frequency of ProleWiki for a while. Oh, well.

EDIT: It’s done. A bunch of spammer accounts created, none was able to create a single article. A battle won.

Bot farms commonly use rented private IP addresses. The good ones anyways avoid obvious tells like using a VPN. Basically they use methods to acquire access to IP addresses assigned to consumer facing ISPs to appear as if they’re a normal person living in some city somewhere. IP blocks are not typically the way to go to prevent spam unless you have only a few IP’s being consistently used.

I’m not a bot ヽ(ಠ_ಠ)ノ

Felipe Forte
mod
admin
creator
1010d

I kinda knew you weren’t because of the Stalin article you created, but I insist that you find a more appropriate username lmao

deleted by creator

@Vilaverde
59d

Hey, could you remove me from the new user group, please? I found out about this wiki today via a Discord server and i want to try and start contributing some articles about brazilian communist figures. I created a lemmygrad acc just to reply to this. my user acc is https://prolewiki.org/wiki/User:H._Vilaverde

Felipe Forte
mod
admin
creator
29d

Done, comrade.

Peter
18d

Hello comrade(s), I’d love to contribute to the wiki ! I have free time. Pls whitelist my username, it is the same as here (Comradecucumber). :)

Felipe Forte
mod
admin
creator
18d

There you go, comrade, you’re redlisted

Peter
28d

Thanks !

Are you using captchas? It’s usually a good deterrent against bots.

@solune
28d

Not so much anymore, unfortunately. There’s now software that’s able to solve captchas, sometimes even more efficiently than humans. It’s possible the bots wouldn’t be using it, but captchas are so common that there’s a good chance they are, that or a captcha-solving service.

If so many websites use them, then it’s not completely useless. Besides it’s better to have them, rather than not having anything. Right now anyone can write a script to continuously attack the wiki. Even if a CAPTCHA can be bypassed, it makes attacks more complex and will filter out a large percentage of bots, which is better than nothing.

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