posted on Jul, 5 2008 @ 11:49 AM
Hi, tinWiki administrators/sysops,
Someone added a template message around last week, I think it was, that says "This page has been deleted and protected against recreation" (or
something to that effect...) I think that can be helpful against a specific type of spamming.
Sometimes the spammer creates a sub-page (or what the term might be) of an existing, real, page. For example, if there is a page called
"Encyclopedia", the spammer creates a page called "Encyclopedia/" (adding the slash), which becomes a new page. Or creates "Talk:Encyclopedia/".
The pages with simply a slash at the end will probably not ever be needed for any normal use. If a real sub-page is created, it will also have a
title, like for example "Encyclopedia/Publishers", or something like that.
Those sub-pages that are initiated by spammers are often re-created again and again, tens of times. Now, if, instead of deleting the page, only the
content is deleted -- but the page itself is left existing, then that page can be Protected. That way the spammer won't be able to use that page, and
spamming attempts to it will fail. After deleting the spam content, the template message can be displayed to explain why the page exists when there's
no content in it. Then the page can be Protected. The template message also organizes all the pages that display the message into a category, so those
pages are easy to keep track of, too. The template's name is "Deletedpage".
How does this sound?