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Tech:Prohibit identical new pages

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Moved from en:Wikitravel:Feature requests by Evan

Recently a number of anonymous users posted identical edits to new pages within a space of a few minutes. All the text posted was exactly the same, down to the number of bytes being posted. The text posted on all these pages was spam. It is highly unlikely that two or more wiki pages should need to be identical.

In an effort to limit spam, how about a prohibition on creating a second new page that is identical to the immediately previously (or the last x hours worth? of) created new page(s), unless it is a redirect to an existing page. This would defeat multiple user attacks as well as single user attacks. It would mean the attacking user(s) was/(were) locked out for as long as they persisted attacking with the same text but allow them to edit if they changed. Would defeat simple robots.

This could be extended to prohibit identical portions of text on consecutive new pages, that is the total text is not identical, but a significant proportion is. Or prohibiting the same user from making identical consecutive edits to multiple pages. Or perhaps even just prohibiting posting identical external links on consecutive edits would do the job.

Or is this the Patrolled edit feature? -- Huttite 02:41, 25 Dec 2005 (EST)