Spam is a problem for Wikitravel, whether it is added by a registered user, an anonymous user or a spambot. There is an excellent spam blacklist which could prevent this. However, it is not activated on all language versions.
- In order to reduce spam, please activate the spam blacklist on all active language versions. See  for the Mediawiki installation/configuration page for this extension.
- Make Wikitravel Shared the source for the spam blacklist, i.e. the latest list where all the language versions fetch their updates.
- And, of course, do the same thing for the spam whitelist.
I think there are actually two requests in this tech request:
- Enable the blacklist for all sites. It is already running on most of them, but at least ar: is missing the blacklist.
- Make Wikitravel Shared the source of the blacklist. This may not be an out-of-the-box Mediawiki capability and thus should probably be tracked separately.
Also, for reference, the Mediawiki guideline for implementing the blacklist is at http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:SpamBlacklist, although IB can probably just look at shared: and en: for examples of how this has been implemented here. -- Ryan 11:45, 10 August 2011 (EDT)
- Well no, it is ONE tech request: to enable the blacklist. The second issue, i e Shared as the source, is more of a hands-on routine matter where we have to reach consensus: the first place where a blacklist update should happen is on Shared. From Shared, the language versions copy the blacklist to "their" version manually. I doubt there is an automatical solution (for now). The reason the issue went into the request is to highlight it. Riggwelter 13:01, 10 August 2011 (EDT)
- This is in the tech queue and will be implemented soon. Targeting August/September, becasue we may wait until after the Mediawiki upgrade. I will update if I have an earlier ETA.--IBobi 13:20, 10 August 2011 (EDT)
- One thing strikes me: is the black list really something that you need to activate in the software? I have a faint idea that I activated it on sv: just by creating the very page together with the guidelines? Perhaps we just need to put the page on ar: and it will work? That means that IB should no have to do something. So, let's just wait for the s/w upgrade. Oh, and one more thing: there should be no items in the tech queue without a ticket on Shared, just so IB and the community can keep track of changes. I expect IB to close the ticket when the solution has been implemented, tested and approved. Riggwelter 13:22, 10 August 2011 (EDT)
- I may have done something wrong, but I created ar:Wikitravel:Local spam blacklist and can still edit ar:User:Wrh2 even with the blacklist term. -- Ryan 13:31, 10 August 2011 (EDT)
- We do not need IB to help with this. All that should be needed is to create the page, and make sure the MediaWiki pages are configured appropriately. I have set it up myself on multiple languages. Just create the blacklist page, and then make sure to copy the title to MediaWiki:Spamblacklist. E.g., write "Local spam blacklist" as the sole content of the ar version ar:ميدياويكي:Spamblacklist. (I do not have privileges there.)
- Unless there are other questions, this tech request should be able to be closed. --Peter Talk 16:37, 10 August 2011 (EDT)
- Thanks Peter - I've nominated myself for admin on ar: and will make this change once the 14 days have elapsed. This request can be closed. -- Ryan 17:53, 10 August 2011 (EDT)
- Other than removing it from the Road Map, what needs to be done to close this?--IBobi 20:02, 10 August 2011 (EDT)
- Just changing the category below from open to finished. I have taken care of this. --Peter Talk 23:17, 10 August 2011 (EDT)