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Botnet Spambot Attack[edit]

We've been under a botnet spambot attack for the last 20 hours or so. See Special:AbuseLog for more information. The filters appear to be stopping the edits. I've added 1 week blocks on the associated IP addresses to reduce traffic for a bit and provide a record in case of recurrence. Please actively monitor the Abuse Log for the next several days to ensure that edits aren't getting through. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:58, 5 November 2015 (UTC)

I need help understanding what I am supposed to monitor. I can see that in the hour following 13:48, 5 November 2015, you blocked a large number of IP addresses. I also figured out that it is filter 6 or 9 that is being triggered. But what I don't understand is what I am supposed to do.(revised from edit a few minutes ago)--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 16:21, 5 November 2015 (UTC)
^My best bet that any IPs that are blocked for "New User Added External Link", because that's the reason the spambot's attacks were blocked from publishing. I'll be sure to help around if I could. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 16:45, 5 November 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. You can watch to see if any of the edits get through and then undo them. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 17:03, 5 November 2015 (UTC)

Please watch for new entries and block them if they appear. Review the filter log and add appropriate text to existing filters that prevent those edits rather than simply identifying them. If this type of abuse continues, we may need to look at changing Filter 6 so that it blocks external links from unconfirmed users rather than simply reporting it. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 17:03, 5 November 2015 (UTC)

Checking Special:AbuseLog, I decided to look at Victor Hugo quote. Almost all of the recent edits have been IP spam and solicitation and undoing of same so I set the protect to autoconfirmed users and up. Not one IP has contributed constructively since about 2010. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 20:13, 5 November 2015 (UTC)

Wiki Ed - Education Extension: Something Wikiversity needs.[edit]

At Portal_talk:Tertiary_Education/We_need_an_action_plan#Feedback_on_Education_Extension, I was informed by User:Leutha that the educational extension is postponed indefinitely due to "security issues" (see here). I spent several hours investigating this platform on Wikipedia and think it would be useful on Wikiversity for two reasons:

  1. It facilitates registering students in a classroom: A password can be announced in class (or on a CMS) and students can use it to register at home.
  2. A lot of pages on Wikiversity need improvement. Instructors can assign several such resources on the extension, and very easily monitor each student's effort. The instructor has access a page that lists all the students. Click a student's name, and you see which of the assigned pages have been edited by a given student. The character count gives an indication whether the edit was major or minor, and pressing diff allows the instructor to see the actual edit.

How long should we wait before reapplying?--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 20:47, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

Reapplying doesn't seem to be the issue. Instead, we need to find ways to make the security improvements a reality so that it can be installed here. I thought a few weeks ago there was an opportunity to submit requests for development priorities for the coming year. Improving education by making this extension available and improving the assessment (quiz) tool would be my top priorities. Perhaps you can find where to submit a request. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 23:57, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
Announcement was from the Community Tech team to submit a Community Wishlist Survey. See what I wrote at:
--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 00:31, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

@Leutha, Dave Braunschweig, Atcovi: You have all expressed an interest in this. Please go and endorse; edits are OK with me, too.

FYI, I removed the bullet on Curators. That ticket seems to be making its way through the process. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 01:37, 21 November 2015 (UTC) Good, that keeps it simple --Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 01:49, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Go here to endorse:[edit]

--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 01:11, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Wikiversity's blacklist[edit]

Hi Dave, I'm trying to link on my page but it seems to be registered on Wikiversity's blacklist. Could you please help? Thank you! Best, Jorge

Try using the direct URL of instead. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 14:37, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

Spam filter[edit]

I keep getting caught by the spam filter for every edit I make, save one actually harmful edit (that I didn't think would go through but somehow did). What I wanted to do was change the Web Design course project Web Design/A small website project so that it had proper formatting (level three header instead of accidental level one header). Appable (discusscontribs) 23:16, 28 November 2015 (UTC)

Unless I am mistaken, I don't think you have a problem. Just keep editing. You don't have a history, though perhaps you IP address does. Did you previously edit as an IP editor? --Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 01:20, 29 November 2015 (UTC)
See the Special:AbuseLog. The edits are there, but not successful. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 04:00, 29 November 2015 (UTC)
Unfortunately, you do not have sufficient edit history to make edits that include external links. Wikiversity is under attack right now by multiple bot-nets trying to use Wikiversity for free advertising. You'll need to make multiple productive edits that don't involve anything that appears to be spam before you can edit content that includes external links. Sorry, but there's not much else we can do at the present time. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 04:00, 29 November 2015 (UTC)