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Learning Quarterly: May 2017[edit]

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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:52, 10 May 2017 (UTC)

Avoid creating anonymous user pages[edit]

Hello, I would like to ask you about a topic that is affecting this wiki. It turns out that currently there is a case of creations of anonymous user pages with the aim of spamming multiple associated wikis there, which has not been able to stop until now. The Title blacklist is this, I would like you to check if there is an error or something. I would appreciate your help. Regards. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 08:38, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

@AlvaroMolina: Regex looks okay. I am presuming that you have had a look at mw:Extension:TitleBlacklist and the settings via https://noc.wikimedia.org/ if you have a config issue, I am not your support-base. You haven't said whether the IP user pages are created by IP addresses as first party accounts, or by named accounts as third party userpages. The auto-confirmed is useful if it is IP addresses.
To note that I would have been lazy and done user:\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}.* and while it is excessive, who cares! I would have also looked at utilising abusefilters if you are having problems in a namespace as there is more fine control that way.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:24, 14 May 2017 (UTC)
User pages are created by IPs (example: 123.456.789.123 creates in X wikis "User:123.456.789.123" with spam). I have read the documentation and configuration (the settings they are here, however, the configuration of that wiki is somewhat different. I'm going to consult with a staff there. Regards. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 11:37, 14 May 2017 (UTC)
I think that the problem isn't with the regex itself, it's with the config but I'm not sure where we went wrong. Reception123/Receptie123 (talk) 13:04, 14 May 2017 (UTC)
@Reception123 and AlvaroMolina: I am just a user, not a developer nor systems dude, so any advice I give could be way off-track. The mediwiki-l mailing list is probably the best place to ask such configuration questions. They are a really helpful list, and the list is also set up through portals so you don't just have to use the list itself. See mail:mediawiki-l and mailarchive:mediawiki-l for local info.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:02, 15 May 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for your help. I think the issue has been resolved. Reception123/Receptie123 (talk) 05:47, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #260[edit]

Wikidata weekly summary #261[edit]

Busy; please ask elsewhere for most global admin tasks[edit]

At this point in time, I will not be pro-actively undertaking much in the way of global administrative functions such as crosswiki spam, blacklists (title or spam), or interwiki maps, etc. You may leave a message if you need something done, though it will need to be managed in my available time.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:47, 24 May 2017 (UTC)