Cunnan:Village pump

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In Medieval villages people would gather at the Village Pump to discuss those items that were important to their lives. On Cunnan the Village Pump serves a similar purpose: Giving users a place to meet and discuss current events, policy and content.



Spam flood

As anyone who looked at Special:Recentchanges today probably noticed Cunnan was the target of a group of spam bots who touched a large number of pages. The domain the bots were spamming has now been added to the antispam filter.

I've been through all the touched pages and have edited and saved the most recent useable version of each. Unfortunately, the spam bots unwittingly hit a bug in the software which means that the the page revisions before each of their edits have most probably been corrupted. If anyone feels like spending an hour helping to cleanup then they should go through my edits for the day and check that the page revision I restored each article to was optimal (i.e. the second most recent revision in most cases).

Cunnan's software has been upgraded so that the database corruption wont occur again even if the spam bots return. Tobin 23:35, 8 Oct 2005 (CDT)

  • Hmm, it just happened again. I believe I have got rid of the spam, but it was done using multiple "machines" so it wasn't worth my time blocking everyone. Also some pages were hit multiple times. Rollback only works for the last action on the page, including rollbacks, so some of the fixes had to be edits. Nasty! I understand Tobin's problems the first time. - Cian Gillebhrath 09:53, 22 Oct 2005 (CDT)
    • Three cheers for Cian! Thanks for doing the dirty work Cian, the fact that you and Tobin have done this is much appreciated. Given that this is the second time this has happened maybe it's time that we adopted a policy of only allowing editing for people who have logged in. It's not a foolproof defence I know, and it makes us feel less welcoming, but it would save a lot of aggravation. Conrad Leviston 20:55, 22 Oct 2005 (CDT)
      • The most nasty wiki spam bots use a mixture of accounts and anonymous edits (the attack today and the first major attack are both examples of this). Forcing people to register only inconveniences humans. I've updated the anti spam filter to include the <div> id that the recent spam attacks have all included. Hopefully this will catch future attacks from this bot. - Tobin 04:57, 5 Nov 2005 (CST)
      • The two attacks I have "cleaned up" today all targetted the same files but the second one created blank pages. I wonder if they were doing so for a purpose? I blocked the repeating URLs which sometimes actually used a username. Cian Gillebhrath 19:40, 11 Dec 2005 (CST)
        • I've added some things from today's spam flood to the anti spam filter. If things stop working someone should tell me. -- Tobin 05:51, 12 Dec 2005 (CST)
  • FYI the France page is currently showing up as uneditable due to the spam filter --Simoncursitor 02:41, 8 Dec 2005 (CST)
    • I know, I'll remove that site from the anti spam filter when I've got time to do a general cleanup -- Tobin 05:51, 12 Dec 2005 (CST)
  • I'm getting sick of not being able to properly use the word special-ist (without the hyphen) because it includes cial-is (without the hyphen). I seem to use the word (and it's relatives) quite a bit. Is there any way we can still exclude the pharaceutical (because that trick is working nicely thankyou), but allow certain words that contain it? special-ist special-ism, special-ists, special-istic etc. Tiff
    • Oops, my bad. I'll change the anti spam filter to require a non-letter character on either side for a match. Should happen after I'm back from work today. Have people noticed any other false positives? -- Tobin 13:15, 12 Jan 2006 (CST)
      • Should be fixed now. The new rule for c*alis is [^A-Za-z]c*alis[^A-Za-z] (with the * replaced by the appropriate letter of course). -- Tobin 01:43, 13 Jan 2006 (CST)
  • I was unable to add a link to the Bordescros website hosted by www . freewebs . com / bordescros because of the spam filter. Can this be made an exception please.--MasterWill 06:49, 16 Mar 2006 (CST)
    • I've removed freewebs from the spam filter. - Tobin 00:15, 24 Mar 2006 (CST)
  • Not quite a flood this time, but the same pages have been attacked by the same sort of spam from various different "users". Is there anyway we can combat that sort of spam (other than the manual power of moderator's fingers) ? I have been banning the users for 2 weeks, but it really is pointless if they just come back with a new "name" the next day. Is it possible to prevent people/bots using usernames that are in the format of URLs (eg. - Cian Gillebhrath 08:49, 23 Jun 2006 (EST)
  • I've just enabled two things that should help reduce the amount of spam we're getting. The first is proxy blocking using SORBS. This may catch a few legitimate users but that's unlikely (and if it does, well, they shouldn't be accessing the internet via an open proxy anyway). The second is Captchas for any edit which adds a URL to a page or changes an existing URL. For the time being the captchas are simple maths problems, e.g. "38 - 6 =" or "12 + 0 =". I'm going to e-mail Del about the possibility of having the software required for image captchas installed on chiara (Cunnan's server). There may still be a few spammers which get through but this will stop the stupider bots and most non-humans. - Tobin 19:39, 22 July 2006 (EST)

Protected Pages

  • I have just protected a couple of pages that have been repeatedly hiit by a spambot. These pages are woman and convent. I will try to remember to remove the protection once that particular spambot has given up. Conrad Leviston 22:22, 25 Jun 2006 (EST)

Branle Dance Broken

I've found that the page for the Branle dance is broken, both from searching for it and from the link for the dance page.

branle looks fine to me. Conrad Leviston 22:17, 25 Jun 2006 (EST)

I have tried it again and it's still not working. Specifically, I'm getting this error:

    A database query syntax error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software. The last
    attempted database query was:
   (SQL query hidden)
    from within function "MediaWikiBagOStuff:_doquery". MySQL returned error "1062: Duplicate entry
   'cunnan:messages:Currentevents' for key 1 (localhost)".

I am using Mozilla Firefox, the latest version (if that might make a difference).

  • I can't interpret the technical stuff (I'll leave that to others, who i hope will log in soon), but it's working fine for me too, on a recent version of firefox. Maybe this is a timing issue - Conrad Leviston and I are in the same timezone, and may be logging in a quieter time of day than you useage-wise. Have you checked 10 minutes, or even an hour later? We've had occasional errors related to server overuse.Tiff 19:15, 27 Jun 2006 (EST)

Software Upgrade

Cunnan has been upgrade to version 1.6.8 of the Mediawiki software. If anything appears broken or acts weirdly mention it here so that someone can look at it. It's worth noting that there have been major changes to the database including conversion to UTF-8 encoding. This should have worked but some special characters may be messed up. You can help Cunnan by fixing them as you find them. - Tobin 19:12, 12 July 2006 (EST)

All the unusual characters are out. I know that you've changed a couple of the AE ligatures on AEthelmearc, but there are lots of other characters such as the Forme of Cury recipes, and the Exeter Book riddles. I seem to recall last time this happened you were able to do a fix without editing every single item. Any chance of doing that again? Conrad Leviston 22:46, 12 July 2006 (EST)
No, sadly, the newer version of the software requires the database to be in UTF-8. I'm at a loss as to why the conversion didn't work. I'm going to have another look at it in the morning but I'm not sure if it can be easily fixed. If it can't be then will just have to bite the bullet and fix problem pages manually. - Tobin 23:21, 12 July 2006 (EST)
Congrats on the upgrade! I hope you'll now be able to implement some of the extensions that help to address the wikispam issues. At mine, we ended up simply having to force a confirmed email address before editing, which unfortunately meant no anon edit at all, but since they only account for 1% of our contributions (besides spam) we went ahead with the plan. As far as you UTF-8 issue, I think it either has to do with PHP or with going from an early 1.4 version all the way to 1.6 in a single jump. I'm also working on the rest of the kingdom devices and their populace badges where I can. --Thorgrimr of Dragonsspine 11:11, 13 July 2006 (EST)
Why don't we just change them all to the accented letters etc to the &; forms, e.g. Æ and è They are charset independent. - Cian Gillebhrath 16:34, 13 July 2006 (EST)

Navigation links

The links in the sidebar to Current events and Cunnan:Site support aren't used for much at present. Does anyone have a suggestion for something they might be replaced with? I might send Del an e-mail asking if collecting donations to go towards the cost of hosting is possible. - Tobin 13:49, 13 July 2006 (EST)

weird characters

Hiya after a long time. I noticed on two pages, I was getting something weird - black diamonds with question marks in them. I believe in both cases they took the place of special charchters, like an e with an accent mark on top of it. I am using Firefox. Sabine 06:19, 28 July 2006 (EST)

Known problem. The database should have been converted to UTF-8 during the most recent upgrade but something went wrong. I haven't had time to try and fix it yet. - Tobin 11:41, 28 July 2006 (EST)

Content police :^)

I believe that one of the policies for Cunnan is that it is not to be used by groups as an archive that their own webpages/newsgroups can't manage. Therefore I am watching the pages for Bloodstone Keep Origins Ch 1 and Bloodstone Keep Origins Ch 2. If too many of these sort of pages occur, we might have to make a policy edict about them. - Cian Gillebhrath 09:46, 10 August 2006 (EST)

As they currently read the Bloodstone pages are OK, in my opinion. As long as they are only documenting events that have happened I don't think it's an issue. Planning events or using Cunnan as a genreal archive would be out though. The articles should probably be merged under a better title though. - Tobin 13:48, 14 August 2006 (EST)
I'm not sure about these articles. They don't strike me as conforming to either the style or the content standards we should have in place here. I respectfully suggest that "Bloodstone Keep Origins" should more appropriately be an off-site webpage with links from the Bloodstone Keep article. Paul Matisz 09:57. 21 August 2006 (EST).

Page of the Month

You know, I think we could do with a new pages of the month.--User 144 14:30, 7 October 2006 (EST)