[GRASS-dev] spam in bug tracker

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at intevation.de
Mon Oct 2 04:22:14 EDT 2006

On Sunday 01 October 2006 13:12, Maciej Sieczka wrote:
> >>> I do not think this is feasabl; humans cannot beat robots that fill
> >>> out  webforms.
> For the time being we've been able to remove all the spam BT tickets
> manually.
> Also considering that the spam is currently being added manually to the
> existing tickets in our BT,

This has changed. Last week we had a scripted attack on our current tracker.
We are still doing some last cleanups. 
When we got more spam emails, we needed to close the ability to comment on
some issue, now we just closed the ability for a guest to add comments over 
the web. :(

> I think we could also remove that manually, 
> if it was technically possible. Only that the person in charge should
> be informed about each new BT modification by email (that's currently
> impossible in our BT as I was told;

It is possible to get a notification for each transaction for the current 
tracker. I did not consider it a good compromisse so far and advised against 
it. Currently you cannot remove single entries.

> would Gforge tracker provide such option?).

Yes, just as does RequestTracker. 

> I woulnd't mind to be that person. 
> Only if there is nobody willing to take care of spam in BT (eg. I quit
> in future) or if the amount of spam making through is beyond a few
> minutes work a day, the anonymous access should be limited. Otherwise
> we should keep the BT system open for anyone if possible.

My fear is that it the situation "it takes a few minutes" will be changing 
rapidly. If someone wants to make a contribution, it will not be asked too 
much to have them register, though I would prefer the other solution.
Your few minutes could be spend on more worthwhile tasks in my opinion.


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