I am cautiously optimistic that a minor change in UseMod wiki code that I
am using for feedback may have slowed down the wiki spam bots a bit. The
fix is very simple. I just require that any links on the wiki page
spell the protocol portion of their link URL in upper case.
Since the wiki spammers currently use lower case for "http",
their page updates are rejected. Now this will only work until the spammer
catch on and start uppercasing the HTTP. As long as the number of sites
that enforce this rule is small, it should be a while before they catch on
Since I have implemented this patch a week ago, I have had only one
instance of spamming. Yes, the spammer used an upper case HTTP. I
don’t know if that particular spammer always uses upper case, or just
responded intelligently to my error message. But that hasn’t been
repeated. Like I say, I’m cautiosly optimistic.
The patch was created against version 1.0 of UseMod wiki.
By posting this, I’ve (probably) increased the number of sites using
this anti-spam technique and have brought the day closer to when the
spammers figure it out. Oh, well. We will worry about that when it happens.