I wonder if anyone uses this wiki now? :) I need some help.
I'm an admin of the World of Warcraft answers wiki. I feel like this wiki was once useful, but now it is a cesspit of spam.
The wiki has been inundated with networking training spam for the past two years, perhaps longer. I haven't done any work on the wiki in well over a year, because all I ever did was delete & protect these spam pages, yet it kept getting worse.
At the time of writing this message, 74 new questions have been created in the past hour alone that are all spam of a similar nature. See RecentChanges.
Myself and the other admin tried contacting wikia with the help forms, contacting the VSTF, and using the MediaWiki:TitleBlacklist which did not work. If anyone can illuminate me as to why the blacklist didn't work, and/or provide any other ideas for ending this spam, I'd be grateful.
- aaaand I created a page rather than a thread, duh for me >.>; It's been a while. -Grynd (talk) 04:00, December 7, 2013 (UTC)
We had a spam problem at MEA at some point, over a hundred to delete per day. Wikia was nice enough to take away the ability of anon users to create new pages (see Special:ListGroupRights > "all" > "createpage" & "create talk"). Once the situation stabilised, I asked and they restored anon rights. From what I gathered, this is considered a drastic measure for Answers, they seemed reluctant. But better this than an unusable wiki. After a few months, the trolls may go away and it will be possible to restore anon rights on WoW Answers. (It's not like the game hasn't been going strong for 9 years, the wiki can take it.) Mitranim
Honestly, the best way to deal with spammers is to get rid of the spam ASAP with as little comment as possible. If people feel that their spam isn't provoking a reaction, they'll get bored and stop. I think somebody posted a code in the forums which will give you a quick delete & protect button to help deal with spammers. Just make sure you're there everyday trying to do something to help, and try and get more people to help you, and the vandals will go away. But as Mitranim said, if you're getting a lot of spam in a short space of time, you can get Wikia to temporarily protect your wiki to make the trolls go away. Imamadmad (Contact me) 14:23, December 13, 2013 (UTC)
I wouldn't call them "spammers" per se. I'd call them "incredibly stupid people." A lot of answer wikis will generate this kind of stuff. The Wikianswers Xbox site used to generate traffic about homework assignments in the Philippines, of all things. Basically, you need to delete every instance of off-topic question you can find, and add as many keywords to the blacklist as possible. You would be a better judge of what words would be completely irrelevant to WoW than I, but words like "routing", "OSPF", "Telnet", "SSH", and "administrator" would be a good place to start. From what I can see, the tips I gave you for the blacklist have already reduced the number of new off-topic questions significantly.
If it's just a matter of man-power, I would be happy to volunteer to visit the wiki every few days and delete any off-topic questions and add to the blacklist. I'm sure Jr Mime would be happy to help as well (we do this a lot). We would need sysop rights (or whatever the equivalent you have is) to delete the questions and edit the blacklist. I am not me (talk) 12:12, December 27, 2013 (UTC)