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If you notice a new type of spamming/vandalism that our site is not good at filtering, please post it below (and timestamp your request). Any additional info you can provide (links to the edits where you saw this, some overriding pattern you've found in the edits, etc.) is greatly appreciated. :)



I DON'T LIKE SPAM!!

More spam at Talk:Head Automatica:Brooklyn Is Burning/, left intact for reference. As a side note, I have noticed that there is a lot less spam. ^_^
- teknomunk (talk,E,) 19:20, 29 January 2008 (EST)

Crud. I deleted it before I saw this note. That's a commonly spammed page, and I've had it on my watchlist for a while. I see it listed, I slam it into oblivion. You can still view it, though.    Kiefer    talk    contribs    admin   00:47, 30 January 2008 (EST)
NOTICED: 00:49, 30 January 2008 (EST) -Sean Colombo (talk|contribs)
Dang, this looks like completely random junk. Not sure how I'm going to filter this one. :-/

Talk:Head Automatica:Brooklyn Is Burning/ ... Again

Well, I keep watching this, and I thought I'd let you know about it, there have been three more spams to this page. I just don't know what should be done about it. If we protect the page, they will just spam another. --WillMak050389 12:10, 14 February 2008 (EST)

NOTICED: 12:21, 14 February 2008 (EST) There is a really cool concept in spam-filtering that a friend of mine mentioned once (it's doesn't "exist", he made it up). I'll look into how I can do that here, then I'll update you guys offline (unfortunately mild amount of added-security-by-obscurity).
And you can look at: LyricWiki talk:Album Of The Week/Archive/2008/7. --WillMak050389 11:37, 15 February 2008 (EST)

Not the Same Spam You'd Expect

I just wanted to let you know that there is a user that is spamming red links with a message like:

www.lyricwiki.org/BGNP. PLEASE GO HERE! This has nothing to do with {artistname}.

I warned the user, and removed the bad pages, but I wanted to point it out, because a few IP's were doing it too.
King_Nee1114 (talk pagecontributionsdeletions) 23:59, 20 February 2008 (EST)

Somebody Really Likes To Spam Talk:Head Automatica:Brooklyn Is Burning/

There is more spam on it. I left it up, but it's more of the same.
King_Nee1114 (talk pagecontributionsdeletions) 01:25, 28 February 2008 (EST)

Blargh. Added a little more to the filter.
-Sean Colombo (talk|contribs) 16:57, 28 February 2008 (EST)
I must point out, that it seems that someone was just using google translator (none of it was conjugated or anything) just to get around our filters.
King_Nee1114 (talk pagecontributionsdeletions) 01:27, 29 February 2008 (EST)
Interesting. Hmmm...
Thanks for the info,
-Sean Colombo (talk|contribs) 11:28, 29 February 2008 (EST)
That page is like flame to our spambot moths. There was another editor, and this time, it dropped the fake "I'm Russian" routine.
King_Nee1114 (talk pagecontributionsdeletions) 01:11, 2 March 2008 (EST)
Blah! Reverted & blocked again.
-Sean Colombo (talk|contribs) 10:39, 2 March 2008 (EST)

And again: (diff) --WillMak050389 17:50, 6 April 2008 (EDT)

pr0n sp@m

Was at this location [[1]], now deleted.
- teknomunk (talk,E,,A) 02:31, 9 April 2008 (EDT)

More Spam

I have been noticing more malicious spamming, where an existing page is completely overwritten by spam links. I'll try to drum up an example if I see it again.
King_Nee1114 (talk pagecontributionsdeletions) 15:01, 17 April 2008 (EDT) Here we go. They seem to be occurring with greater frequency. Check this out.

Interesting. There is something unique about the format of that page that makes me nearly certain that someone is targeting the site directly. Unless it's just coincidence, and we're actually getting hammered by potential spam that fails. It might be a good time to start building some logging into the spam-blocking so that I can get better info.
-Sean Colombo (talk|contribs) 17:04, 25 April 2008 (EDT)

This is just getting out of hand

I've had to revert three edits to Talk:Head Automatica:Brooklyn Is Burning/ today. Thought I'd let you know... --WillMak050389 20:16, 18 April 2008 (EDT)

I just protected it to see if that slows them down. Without knowing how they're coded, I can't be sure... but I'd like to think that the bot thinks the page is spammable and if we block it that it may give up and try another wiki (instead of another page) or just keep trying and failing.
-Sean Colombo (talk|contribs) 16:57, 25 April 2008 (EDT)

Spam to delete

Talk:Eels:Guest List/, created today by IP 203.162.2.137. --Jack Phoenix (Contact) 10:41, 19 April 2008 (EDT)

Curious...

What's this all about? I guess it's supposed to go automatically to the redirect url, but doesn't. Still needs to be nipped in the bud, I guess.    Kiefer    talk    contribs    admin   11:37, 12 May 2008 (EDT)

Check this out

Billie Holiday:I Can't Face The Music has been hit.
King_Nee1114 (talk pagecontributionsdeletions) 15:32, 15 June 2008 (EDT)

No Spam reports in 3 Months!

Could you add some part of "[redacted]" to the spam filter? This keeps popping up on the traditional spam pages. Talk:Main Page/, album of the week discussion pages, etc. Thanks! --WillMak050389 13:58, 20 September 2008 (EDT)

Added to the filter. Thanks for the report! This page has been (eerily) quiet. I wonder if the spam has calmed down a lot or if people just got in the habit of fixing it & not reporting it?
Anywho, thanks again!
-Sean Colombo (talk|contribs) 03:50, 5 October 2008 (UTC)
I actually think it's a combination of the two. I haven't seen too much spam lately (not like in the good ol' days), but I sorta forgot about this page, I don't know about the other users. I would like to commend you on the less spam, though. I remember when it was too crazy to get any work done here. --WillMak050389 04:45, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

More Spam

Take a look at Special:Contributions/91.202.87.4, I've seen a few edits like this in the past few days from other IPs. Hopefully a quick fix? --WillMak050389 02:53, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Very likely a Spambot Account

Here] is a recent spamming by an account that has all the earmarks of the accounts that were created to spam the site during the big Spam Attack that took place way back when.    Kiefer    talk    contribs    admin   19:23, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

FIELD_MESSAGE_SPAM

URGENT: See this and this. They're starting to pop up everywhere. --WillMak050389 15:28, 16 December 2008 (UTC)

Spam Report

I just noticed that Nas:Not Going Back has been spammed at the top of it's page by 125.248.151.58    RainbowDragon    talk    contribs   15:19, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

Thanks RD. Edits have been reversed and IP blocked. Infinitely.  ♫Яєdxx Actions Words 14:18, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

Incorrect Spam Block

I had attempted to correct the lyrics on Tenacious D:Beelzeboss_(The_Final_Showdown), but upon submission I got a spam error because of the line in the song "You guys are fucking lame. C'mon Kage, you're coming with me." I saved the changes to a TXT to try again if/when you can fix the situation. -- 76.125.133.135 07:41, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

Not sure but you might want to try again now. Report back if still same problem.  ♫Яєdxx Actions Words 15:14, 22 January 2009 (UTC)
Nope, same line caused a spam block again, even after logging in. -- Dj.TMcR 15:23, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

SPAM alert - 2/10/2009

Rantanplan:Hamburg,_8°,_Regen has been spammed by 62.244.72.48

Thanks for your attention,
   RainbowDragon    talk    contribs   13:10, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Thanks RD..dealt with  ♫Яєdxx Actions Words 00:34, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

New Target

Category talk:Genre/Post-Hardcore seems to be a new taget. Look at the deleted revisions to see what's going on. They seem to be random character strings, but didn't know if there was a way to prevent page creations like this. --WillMak050389 22:51, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

New Spam

This new page has been created and has garbage characters and a spam link Stupid Spam Thanks    RainbowDragon    talk    contribs   21:39, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Check - Deleted.    Kiefer    talk    contribs    admin   01:59, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

Vandalism Moves

Just see Special:Contributions/Rocker123 and Special:Contributions/Hithere123. Is there a way that we can prevent this? Soon? --WillMak050389 22:13, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

Another Vandalism

Canibus:Westwood - Oh No has had its content deleted and replaced with ??? by User: 62.49.61.8 --    RainbowDragon    talk    contribs   22:41, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

Reverted, and the user has been warned, seems to be an isolated incident, but thanks for keeping your eyes open RD! --WillMak050389 22:51, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

SPAM and eggs?

Wipeout Infinite has been spammed by User:VioloSital thanks,    RainbowDragon    talk    contribs   22:29, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

Blocked RD. Thanks for your vigilance.  ♫Яєdxx Actions Words 22:56, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

Here's another while you're at it

Double You:Please Don't Go by User: 59.124.120.199 thx twice    RainbowDragon    talk    contribs   22:34, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

Blocked RD. Thanks again for your vigilance.  ♫Яєdxx Actions Words 22:56, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

This is starting to get a bit out of hand...

[2]  ♫Яєdxx Actions Words 01:46, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

Are you having kittens? I thought you liked them… Could the maximum allowed rate of page moves per user be restricted, perhaps? (Ideally for non-trusted and non-admin users only.) Something like two per minute should be enough, while still keeping those vandals in check. — 6x9 (Talk) 02:48, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

[3] - Over 500 moves that now need to be reverted. Can we at least turn off moves for non-trusted and non-admin for the moment, until we can get a better solution. Like the section header says, this is getting a bit out of hand. --WillMak050389 21:33, 19 March 2009 (UTC) PS: Just for a little motivation, I refer you to "We will beat spammers. This is our site." Right now, I'm starting to feel overwhelmed.

Amen. My wrist hurts. Stop sniggering, Red!6x9 (Talk) 22:24, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
I'm keeping a much closer eye on this than it would appear. I think things will start to get better. Feel free to keep me appraised of your frustration-levels though: that helps me prioritize this stuff against other tasks.
Thanks for your vigilance,
-Sean Colombo (talk|contribs) 01:32, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

Patterns emerging...

Faithless:Dirty_Ol'_Man has been spammed by User:C4ttrZelal Thanks,    RainbowDragon    talk    contribs   03:42, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

Taken care of. Odd, but it seems all registered spammers have a 10-letter username with the first and sixth letter capitalised… See here. — 6x9 (Talk) 03:47, 16 March 2009 (UTC)
Very interesting, 6. That sounds like a script to come up with a throwaway nickname. You think live person or bot? --    RainbowDragon    talk    contribs   03:52, 16 March 2009 (UTC)
The latter, most likely. They're all done in the same manner. — 6x9 (Talk) 04:08, 16 March 2009 (UTC)
Wonder if Sean could make it so that "people" attempting to register with a 10-letter username with the first and sixth letter capitalised are refused...or add a captcha.. ♫Яєdxx Actions Words 05:28, 16 March 2009 (UTC)
The spambots in the links in the last post both have 3 numbers at end of their registered name...  ♫Яєdxx Actions Words 21:32, 20 March 2009 (UTC)
And… (copied from User talk:6 times 9):

Hi 6, I was wondering if you have access to the spam filter. I've noticed that quite a few of the spam messages I see mention an address beginning with www11 (dot) atpages (dot) jp could that be added so that when the spammer tries to post their garbage the spam filter spits back at them? Just a thought. --    RainbowDragon    talk    contribs   23:55, 21 March 2009 (UTC)

Yeah, there are obvious patterns to the names created for the spam/vandal bots. I suppose we could somehow limit names, but like the Borg, they'll only adapt so that the pattern will change to get around the block. Suddenly it will be 10 letters, with the 1st & 6th capped, or three numbers at the beginning of the name. So, that doesn't stop the abuse itself. I'm sure Wikipedia has had to deal with these sorts of situations. They have users that run abuse bots through the recent changes constantly. Perhaps something like that could take place?    Kiefer    talk    contribs    admin   02:16, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
The large number of named accounts with no contribs artificially inflates the user count with landmines. The naming pattern is easily changed. ∃cho⚡ierr∀ ( ) 02:21, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

Vandalism

Please review this user's deletions. I don't think deleting (or attempting to) pages is very nice. --    RainbowDragon    talk    contribs   18:17, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

They aren't vandalizing, they just don't know to redirect songs or how to do a deletion request. No biggie.    Kiefer    talk    contribs    admin   18:20, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

They're back...

Special:Contributions/Lalala123 --WillMak050389 22:53, 31 March 2009 (UTC)

Argh. That user account was created before the CAPTCHAs and early enough that they are now autoconfirmed because they've been registered long enough. Gonna have to clean out some old users. Thanks for cleaning up that mess... again :/
-Sean Colombo (talk|contribs) 23:16, 31 March 2009 (UTC)

User:Shaniack77

This user spammed the John Denver page two times (which I reverted). Currently, these are his/her only edits to the wiki. - Vincent Liu 14:36, June 14, 2012 (UTC)

User:Heryrhey

This guy is spamming pages with download links that doesn't appear to be legal. Also has some weird blog posts with download links. --Vincent Liu 01:32, June 29, 2012 (UTC)

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