[OSGeo-Discuss] Hacker on the wiki

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at ccgis.de
Tue Mar 28 03:42:17 PST 2006

Ari Jolma wrote:
> Is there a one-click solution to remove a single e-graffiti like this?
> Ari

Yes. You can revert everything back to the first page in one click in 
the diff view. But. Because this functionality is fairly powerful you 
need to be in the sysop or bureaucrat group to get the [rollback] link.

We have no formal decision on how to manage Sysop, bureaucrat and bot 
privileges (whatever a bot may be?). Currently only Frank is WikiSysop 
and both Benjamin Thelen and I can log in as User:WikiSysop who also has 
Sysop privileges.

Until I have no advice on how to deal with this I suggest that anybody 
who wants to have one of these privileges requests them trough this list.


> On Tue, 28 Mar 2006 10:08:54 +0200 Arnulf Christl <arnulf.christl at ccgis.de> 
> wrote:
>> Frank Warmerdam wrote:
>>> Ari Jolma wrote:
>>>> Somebody with username Grifferz had inserted a very long list of
>> URL's 
>>>> to online casinos etc. to http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Main_Page.
>>>> The list was not visible at least on Firefox. I edited the crap
>> away.
>>>> I have limited experience with wikis. Is this something that we just
>>>> have to live with in the future?
>>> Ari,
>>> If this continues to be a problem, we would likely need some sort of
>>> approval process for new registrations.
>>> Best regards,
>> Hi,
>> we can remove "create you own account" functionality any time. Then one
>> would have to request for an account and Users with Sysop privileges 
>> would have to create them manually. We (sort of) decided (never 
>> officially voted) to operate the Wiki completely open. If this does not
>> work we will have to take measures.
>> As it is, existing users can also be blocked by users with Sysops 
>> privileges (currently Frank, me and Benjamin Thelen). Any user can be 
>> granted these privileges (or responsibilities) if we need more sysops
>> to 
>> get the job done.
>> User Grifferz did nothing but spam the Wiki as can be seen in the user 
>> contribution log:
>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Special:Contributions/Grifferz
>> and the corresponding page history:
>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php?title=Main_Page&diff=prev&oldid=2760
>> which is a good reason to block it (him or her or spambot) from further
>> editing. If it objects, it can protest on the discuss mailing list. If 
>> it is a spambot it will have trouble writing an email though.
>> Users can be blocked for these stretches of time:
>> 2 h
>> 1 day
>> 3 day
>> 1 week
>> 1 weeks
>> 1 month
>> 3 months
>> 6 months
>> 1 year
>> infinite
>> In my role as WikiSysop I blocked user Grifferz for one week now (I 
>> never ever did this before, this is unprecedented).
>> Best, Arnulf.
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